Home Inspector Near Phoenix

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Causes of mold in Phoenix AZ homes.

air conditioner mold inspectionMold growth in homes, including those in Phoenix, Arizona, can be caused by various factors. Despite Phoenix's arid climate, certain conditions can still lead to mold development. Understanding these causes is crucial for prevention and effective management. Here are some common causes of mold in Phoenix homes:

  1. Air Conditioning Units: In Phoenix, air conditioning units are used extensively due to the hot climate. If these units are not properly maintained, they can create moisture problems. Condensation from air conditioners, especially when the drainage systems are clogged or not functioning correctly, can lead to mold growth.

  2. Poor Ventilation: In an effort to keep the heat out, homes in Phoenix are often well-sealed, which can lead to poor indoor air circulation. This lack of ventilation can create humid pockets of air where mold can thrive, especially in areas like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

  3. Water Leaks: Leaks from pipes, roofs, windows, or plumbing fixtures are common causes of mold. In a desert climate like Phoenix's, even a small water leak can create a localized humid environment conducive to mold growth.

  4. Monsoon Season: During the monsoon season, Phoenix experiences higher humidity and occasional heavy rains. This seasonal change can introduce more moisture into homes, contributing to mold growth, especially if there are pre-existing issues with leaks or poor ventilation.

  5. Flooding: Although rare, Phoenix can experience flash floods during heavy rains. Flooding can bring a significant amount of water into homes, and if not promptly and properly addressed, this can lead to mold growth.

  6. Indoor Plants: While indoor plants can improve a home’s ambiance, overwatering or poor drainage can increase indoor humidity levels, creating an environment conducive to mold.

Pool Inspection in Phoenix AZ

Pool with custom deckHaving a pool inspection is important for several reasons, whether you are a buyer or a seller of a property with a pool. Here are some key reasons to consider a pool inspection:

Safety: A pool inspection helps ensure the safety of those using the pool. The inspector will evaluate the pool's structural integrity, fencing, gates, and other safety features to identify any potential hazards or code violations. This includes checking for proper barrier requirements, functioning pool lights, and the presence of safety equipment like handrails and ladders.

Compliance with Regulations: Depending on your location, there may be specific regulations and codes that govern pool safety and maintenance. A pool inspection helps ensure compliance with these regulations, avoiding potential penalties or legal issues.

Condition and Maintenance: A pool inspection assesses the overall condition and functionality of the pool and its equipment. The inspector will examine the pool's surface, tile, decking, filtration system, pumps, heaters, and other components to identify any damage, leaks, or signs of wear and tear. This information is valuable for both buyers and sellers in understanding the pool's current condition and any necessary repairs or maintenance.

Plumbing Inspection in Phoenix AZ

Why is plumbing inspection important for Phoenix AZ?


When you are considering buying a home or property the plumbing inspection usually consists of only three points: checking to see that drains empty, toilets flush, and taps work. The plumbing inspection checklist for a comprehensive plumbing inspection performed by a licensed plumber will cover many more points.

Plumbing inspections can be a useful selling point for prospective buyers. You'll be able to prove beyond a doubt that your plumbing systems, sewer lines, and all other aspects of your home's plumbing are in tip-top shape. And you want to avoid costly plumbing emergencies


Typical repair costs for your plumbing


If you find out that you require plumbing repairs, here are some typical costs. Remember, even an expensive repair will probably result in less expense later on. Prices can vary, depending on the difficulty of the work being completed.

Clearing sewer lines - $75-$200
Sewer line repair $750-$2000
Unclogging drains - $175
Removing objects from drain lines - $100-$300
Sewer line replacement - $7000+

Phoenix Area Electrical Inspector Prior to Home Listing

electrical inspector 1Before you put your home up for sale, a proper electrical inspection should be part of your home inspection.  The electrical inspection must follow procedures stipulated in the National Electrical Code (NEC).

During the inspection, Scottsdale Desert Inspection checks the safety of electrical devices on or around your property.  This checklist includes:

  • Circuits: do you have the correct number of circuits to serve the demand of the property—this is especially important if you have added to its existing foundation.
  • Wires: wires may be old, damaged, or installed incorrectly, which can create a dangerous situation.
  • Outlets: outlets with poor connections may overheat during a circuit overload.
  • Service Panels: Old or faulty breakers may cause appliances to stop working, lights to flicker, or the service panel to blow.
  • Electric Meter: Meters can begin to wear and tear over the years, it is important to ensure they’re functioning properly and they don’t show signs of rust or water damage compromising its quality.
Included in the inspection, is a detailed report of your property's electrical safety.

Home Kitchen Inspection in Phoenix AZ

Here are the top four common kitchen problems we find during a home inspection:


Plumbing Problems


Plumbing defects might be as simple as a dripping kitchen faucet or unimaginable as a widespread leak that rots the subfloor. Caught early, most plumbing issues only need simple repairs. Left unchecked, they could require major repair, replacement or even partial demo and reconstruction of the room. SDI will check for:

  • Outdated water supply pipe materials (old, galvanized pipes corrode from the inside out)
  • Proper size supply and drain lines
  • Plumbing vent defects
  • Water heater defects
  • Slow or clogged drains
  • Leaky fixtures and sinks
  • Leaky water supply pipes

Appliances Poorly Installed or Maintained


Appliance repairs aren’t cheap and replacement can cost thousands of dollars. SDI home inspector checks the operation of major, built-in appliances such as the range, refrigerator, dishwasher and garbage disposal. The most common appliance defects include:

  • Countertop range top inserts with defective built-in ventilation
  • Dirty, dust-covered refrigerator coils
  • Leaky or broken ice maker
  • Range burners that don’t heat up
  • Ovens that don’t warm
  • Refrigerators and freezers that aren’t cool/cold enough
  • Missing floor- or wall-mount appliance stabilizer brackets

Vents That Don't Go Anywhere


In many kitchens, the range vent is a decorative-only feature. The kitchen range vent should extract the steam and capture some of the airborne cooking grease. Just because it’s there doesn’t mean it works. We check the range vent to learn if the fan switches on. We inspect for evidence that it vents outside the house.


Electrical Problems


Poor electrical wiring and receptacles aren’t just defects, they’re dangerous. Kitchens, as well as bathrooms, need heavier gauge wire than living areas and GFCI protection throughout the room. SDI Home Inspection often finds wiring dangerously close to plumbing, especially under the kitchen sink. That’s where garbage disposal and dishwasher wiring might run.






Your SDI home inspector protects you.

Roof Inspection in Phoenix AZ

Our roof inspection specialist is ready to help.

Why Us?

  • Professional Service
  • Roof Inspections
  • Inspection Reports & Recommendations
  • Metal & Wood Roof Inspections
  • Slate & Tile Roof Inspections
  • Asphalt Shingle Roof Inspections
  • All Roof Types
  • High Customer Satisfaction
  • Residential & Commercial Service
Be safe during your Phoenix area roof inspection.  Staying off the Roof Keeps Home Inspectors Safe and Out of Trouble

Walking the roof can involve insurance and legal issues if the inspector has employees or permits the customer or realtor to climb onto the roof. Anyone could get hurt. OSHA (the federal job safety agency) rules clearly state that the home inspector is not to work at more than 6 feet off grade without a proper harness installed by a trained technician. Insurance companies support the criteria of OSHA, so in the event of an accident to a customer or realtor, it would be very unlikely that an insurer would pay a claim.

Exterior Home Inspection near Phoenix AZ

If you’re a home buyer or real estate agent and you’d like to conduct your own cursory home inspection. When SDI inspects the home exterior, we work from a list of critical items


Siding And Trim


Siding and trim are the number one area pointed out by home inspectors. The easiest issue to detect are areas of the siding where paint is failing. Areas of siding with missing, flaking, cracking, or blistering paint expose the home to water damage and rot.  Areas most prone to rot are areas that receive unfettered exposure to the elements, or areas that direct bulk water to certain locations. Areas covered by patio covers and large overhangs will most likely be in pretty good shape.

Window and door trim need to be flashed correctly. Most buyers purchasing older or vintage homes accept they are purchasing homes built to lesser waterproofing and energy efficient standards. However, homes built in the mid 80’s through current construction will be expected to have properly flashed head trim. This will also apply to mounting blocks and other penetrations.


Gutters And Downspouts


The most common defect that a home inspector will catch is missing kickout flashing. Kickout flashing is a special piece of roof flashing that is bent to direct bulk water into the gutter trough and away from the building.

Gutters and downspouts are critical in effectively routing water away from your home. Make sure your gutters are clean and functioning and your downspouts aren’t clogged.  Downspouts that point load water close to your foundation without a proper place to go will be a red flag to the inspector.


Roofs, Skylights, And Chimneys


 The easiest issue to spot on a roof is moss growth. Visible moss is a sign that there may be water issues on the roof, and they signal that regular maintenance has been lacking. Usually home inspectors will not physically go on to your roof. It is probable that they will climb up on a ladder and visibly inspect your roof. Inspectors will note skylights while inspecting the roof and cross check that with any signs of water staining or damage to the interior finishes of the well, the finished tunnel that allows light into the interior.

Bathroom Inspection Phoenix AZ Home Inspection

Inspect Your Bathrooms for a Safe Home Sale or Purchase


leaking toiletWater leaks often occur in the bathroom.  Our inspection will find out if there are any signs of leaks or problems with the exhaust vent.

With a thorough home or property inspection, you can feel confident that your bathroom is clean, safe, and dry.

Inspecting the bathrooms as part of your comprehensive Phoenix area home inspection is crucial. 


Ventilation


Bathrooms should be properly vented to remove moisture accumulation.    Most home have a bathroom exhaust fan to help keep moisture to a minimum.

If the bathroom exhaust fan is not operable, the inspector should include this information on the report. The fan should lead to the exterior of the home, usually through a vent or pipe directly above it on the roof.

Most bathroom exhaust fans event through the roof, but they could vent out of a window in older homes. The roof option is ideal since venting moisture from a window is not the best situation during extreme hot or cold weather.

Leaks


Any time property undergoes a complete inspection, we check for plumbing issues. This mostly includes finding any leaks or signs of water damage in the home. The same applies to the bathroom, where an SDI inspector looks for any indication of trouble.

While they’re inspecting the home, your inspector should look closely at all bathroom plumbing and fixtures. Signs of standing water, leaks, or previous water damage should be notated on the report. A leaky faucet should be addressed before you agree to purchase the home.

We also closely examine areas around the tub, shower, and toilet. Any water around the toilet and other areas can indicate problems with the fixtures that may need remediation.

The sink and toilet is inspected. Loose or wobbly sinks and toilets may not leak today but could cause leaks in the future. This can result in damage and other issues if it’s not corrected immediately.


Mold


Along with signs of leaking, the home inspector will look for any evidence of mold. If there is mold present, it may mean that something else is going on behind the walls that should be taken care of.

Contact Scottsdale Desert Inspections to schedule a visit.

Interior Home Inspection in the Phoenix Area

Real estate agent holding a small house desktop with tools wood swatches and computer on background top viewThe interior rooms of a house can reveal critical structural issues that have managed to go undetected and that can cause you the potential homeowner a lot of money down the line.

Inspecting the home's interiors is important because a piece of drywall and a coat of paint can conceal a myriad of
  • wiring,
  • plumbing,
  • potential mold problems
  • ventilation and
  • other construction or remodeling errors.
Some of these errors are merely inconvenient, like a duct that isn't connected properly and causes a room to be chilly. Others can pose a serious threat to your home and your family, such as overloaded circuits and wiring that's placed too close to plumbing fixtures.

A thorough inspection of your home's interior will also focus on outlets, ceilings, built-in lighting fixtures, floors, windows, cabinets and counters.

Contact Scottsdale Desert Inspections today to schedule or talk about your property inspection.

Termite Inspection in Phoenix AZ

Termites are nasty visitors. They're almost invisible, completely silent and have the potential to cause extensive damage.

Just saying the word "termite" can make homeowners shudder, and for good reason. Termites are active in 49 of the 50 states (Alaska is too cold to sustain them), and cause more than $60 billion in property damage every year.

If you're buying a home, contact Scottsdale Desert Inspections to inspect for termites.  It could save you headaches later. Actually, if you're taking out a mortgage, there's a good chance the lender will require that you have a termite inspection (as well as a general home inspection) performed before the sale is finalized.