Residential & Commercial Inspection Services in Sarnia, Ontario
Our professionally-trained staff will provide you with a complete explanation of all BLUEWATER HOME INSPECTION services.
- A thorough examination of your home…..most inspections take about 2 to 3 hours. We encourage you to attend the inspection to see first-hand the condition of the home and to ask questions.
- Use of state-of-the-art equipment and current industry inspection best practices.
- A verbal statement of our findings on-site at the time of inspection.
- A comprehensive, house-specific, written report submitted to you or your representative by e-mail or in person within 24 to 48 hours following the inspection.
You can also choose to receive an immediate, on-site, checklist report similar to that offered by some other inspectors. We do not feel that this type of 'canned' report provides you with enough information, so we discourage its use. However, if you want it right away, we will oblige.
- Follow-up as needed to answer additional questions and help you get acquainted with your new home.
- Annual, after-purchase, low-cost, maintenance inspection.
- Components of a Home Inspection
- Types of Inspections
- Warranty Inspection
- Infrared Thermal Imaging
- Sample Documents
A professional home inspection generally takes 2 – 3 hours for completion depending on the size of the home. During the inspection, the inspector will inspect all major components of the home. Items inspected include, but are not limited to:
Foundation and Structure – The inspector will examine the structure and foundation of the home looking for obvious signs of deterioration. These signs include cracked foundations, foundation settlement, water penetration, broken trusses, warped siding, etc.
Exterior Systems – The inspector will examine all items on the exterior of the house including, but not limited to, roofing materials, roof drainage, flashing, chimneys, eaves, siding, windows, exterior doors, property grading, and garage.
Electrical – The inspector will determine the actual size, type, and amperage of the electrical service entering the house. Branch wiring will be inspected to determine the correct size of wiring has been installed for each application. An inspection of the wiring and fixtures will be completed looking for obvious signs of defects including, but not limited to, burnt wiring, open grounds, open junction boxes, overfusing, etc.
Plumbing – During the plumbing inspection, the inspector will ensure all visual components of the plumbing system are in working order. These components include supply lines, waste lines, fixtures, water heaters, natural gas, and sump pumps.
Heating, Ventilation and Cooling Systems (HVAC) – The inspector will perform a basic inspection of all associated heating systems. Items inspected include furnace, distribution, controls, A/C compressor, A/C condenser, A/C evaporator, and fireplaces.
Note: Gas fireplaces are not turned on by the inspector and should be inspected by a qualified, gas-fireplace technician.
Interior – All aspects of the interior of the home not covered by the above categories are also inspected including walls, ceilings, floors, stairs, and all individual rooms.
Attic – Providing access is possible, the inspector will examine the attic and make notes on roof structure, ventilation, and insulation.
- Home Energy Labelling & Advice
- Thermal Infrared testing
A 'Warranty Inspection' is usually conducted prior to the One-Year anniversary of the closing of your new home.
This type of inspection is conducted if there are existing concerns or areas that you do not feel confident that the builder has addressed.
If you did not have the house inspected prior to closing, this gives you an opportunity to note any deficiencies before the warranty expiration.
Normally, it's easier to convince the Builder to make a repair or remedy within this one-year period. The Warranty Inspection Report is similar to the New Construction report.
Applicable Building Codes are cited where appropriate.
BLUEWATER HOME INSPECTION also offers Thermal Imaging, which can be done with a home inspection or separately. Our Infrared Thermal Imaging camera can show certain features of a house that are normally not accessible during a typical home inspection. The Infrared camera detects very small differences in temperature. The camera can then take a picture, highlighting various defects such as a lack of insulation or a plumbing leak, which would not be visible to the naked eye.
This is a very useful tool in determining issues about a house such as:
- Lack of insulation
- Plumbing leaks
- Heating and cooling duct work leaks
- Roof and ceiling leaks
- Cracks or breaches in the foundation
- Bad electrical wiring, breakers, and fuses
- Ventilation concerns
For a look at a Sample Report, please click below.