Systems covered during annual check up:
We examine the structural skeleton of the house, including visible posts, beams and joists. We also look for signs of movement and settling. Our goal is to find any cracks and design deficiencies that may already be compromising structural integrity or are at risk of creating future issues.
When safe to do so we will get on your roof. Our goal is to assess how the roof material is wearing over time. We’ll also check the roof penetrations to flag any that are at risk of leaks. This is also when we’ll apply the moss treatment if necessary, if the growth isn’t too severe. Heavy buildups may require specialist attention.
If accessible, we will enter the attic. The most important considerations here are signs of moisture intrusion either from the roof above or the house below. As part of that we’ll assess whether the space is adequately ventilated to effectively remove warm, moist air. We’ll also evaluate insulation and any electrical wiring that runs through the attic. And finally health and safety hazards like exposed can lights and pest intrusion.
If accessible and safe we’ll enter the crawl space. We’ll look for signs of water intrusion through the foundation walls, the ground below, and even plumbing leaks. We’ll check for pest intrusion and insulation as well. Getting in the crawl space is also an important part of the structural assessment as this is where we’ll get the best view of the exposed structural elements.
We examine the heating and cooling appliances as well as the visible ducts. Our goal is to verify they’re being regularly serviced and to catch signs of any combustion or drafting issues that need to be addressed. We’ll also determine the age and condition of the units, and recommend target replacement dates so you can budget and plan for them ahead of time.
The water heater will be checked for signs of water and gas leaks. We also assess the plumbing into and out of the unit to ensure it is well installed and functioning as intended. The hot water temperature is also tested for safety. As with the HVAC units, we determine the age and condition of the units, and recommend target replacement dates so you can budget and plan towards them ahead of time.
We examine the grounds around the house to ensure proper drainage away from the structure and also assess the effects of any nearby vegetation. We then examine at the shell of the house to ensure it is functioning as designed to protect the structure from weather. This includes the siding, window trim, fascia boards and any other exposed surfaces. Our goal with these is to ensure they are properly sealed and not at risk of or already rotting. Finally, we’ll be looking at stairs, railings and walkways to recommend safety improvements where necessary.
We assess the visible parts of the water feed lines into the house and the drains taking waste water away from the house. We look at both the approximate age and condition of the pipe material and check for signs of leaks. Ourf goal is to ensure good water supply within the recommended water pressure range.
We track your electrical system, from the service line in via your electrical panel, to the outlets and switches. The primary concern with electricity is safety. Our goal is to ensure as much of your electrical system as possible is functioning according to the latest safety standards.