Hockinson WA Home Inspection Services

An image of structural supports to illustrate home inspection services.Are you buying a home in Hockinson? If so, you have many important things to consider. You may fall in love with a property, but there can be potential headaches hiding beneath the surface.

Our home inspection services are designed to provide peace of mind while also avoiding potential financial pitfalls as well as big safety concerns. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, an inspection is always a wise investment. In our experience, the cost of a home inspection more than pays for itself with the issues uncovered and negotiated if buying a home, or peace of mind if you are a homeowner needing to know what repairs are most urgent. Proactively maintaining a home saves money in the long run.

Home Inspection Services

Regular home inspections serve multiple purposes. Not only do they cover routine maintenance tasks, but they also play a crucial role in identifying potential issues at an early stage, allowing for timely repairs before they escalate into major problems.

45th Parallel Home Inspection reports offer valuable information that empowers buyers and homeowners to make important decisions that can reduce future costs and improve the long-term outlook for a property. Specialty and concise inspections can also prioritize critical areas of a house or urgent repairs and can save money and headaches in the long term.

Our comprehensive inspections encompass all accessible areas of your residence, including structural elements and mechanical systems, as well as plumbing, HVAC, electrical systems, roof, attic, and crawlspaces. We produce in-depth reports, complete with high quality photographs, going over our findings and offering specific suggestions on what should be done moving forward.

Sewer Line Inspections

Regular sewer line inspections play a pivotal role in maintaining your plumbing system. We focus on your main sewer line, from your residence to either the city sewer connection or septic tank. By using cutting-edge camera technology and advanced locating equipment, we:

  • Identify possible issues before they escalate
  • Locate existing concerns that require immediate attention.
  • Direct you in your next steps to returning the sewer line to a satisfactory condition.

Sewer lines are susceptible to deterioration over time due to various factors, including tree root intrusion, ground shifts, or natural pipe aging. Consistent and regular inspections serve as a proactive measure by identifying these issues early on, potentially reducing repair expenses, and preventing health hazards and property damage associated with sewage backups.

Radon Testing

Using industry leading Radon measurement equipment, we are able to provide a detailed report of Radon concentration in your home. This invisible and scentless gas has the potential to infiltrate homes through foundation cracks, wall gaps, or water sources. Radon is recognized as a carcinogen and can lead to lung cancer when exposed to heightened levels over an extended period of time. Radon causes the second most lung cancer deaths in The United States after smoking.

Conducting a radon test enables you to identify if elevated levels are present in your home, empowering you to proactively address the situation. Effective measures, such as sealing crawlspaces and installing ventilation systems, can be implemented to mitigate exposure.

The process of radon testing is straightforward, providing a clear understanding of the gas levels in your home. If mitigation is deemed necessary, it’s generally a cost-effective solution.

Home Health Checkups

Annual home health checkups are, in our opinion, a very good idea. Every day, we inspect houses with major damage to areas like the crawlspace that has occurred over a long period of time. Catching developing issues in a timely manner is critical to minimizing cost. Our meticulous inspections cover a number of areas of your home that often go overlooked, like your roof, attic, and crawlspace. We’ll look at the insulation, plumbing, signs of water intrusion, pest activity, and more.

Having this information helps you budget for repairs, but also possibly minimize costs by catching issues early. In just a matter of an hour or two, our inspector can complete the inspection then provide a detailed report complete with photos.

Adhered Stone Veneer, EIFS, Stucco Inspections

EIFS moisture probe service into the exterior cladding of a home.

Adhered stone veneer is a thin layer of manufactured stone used to enhance the exterior of a property. Proper installation is crucial in preventing potential issues like moisture infiltration, structural damage, and mold growth.

Stone veneer has great curb appeal, but sadly, if installed improperly many times leaving the house prone to water intrusion and damage. We’ve seen firsthand a number of instances where this was the case. So having a detailed inspection is important. Moisture testing below the surface can also help reveal hidden issues such as decay in the wall structure.

Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) serves as an insulation and aesthetic cladding technique in building exteriors. However, without proper installation and ongoing maintenance, EIFS can succumb to moisture-related problems. Water infiltration through cracks, failed sealant, or improper installation can lead to mold, rot, insect infestation, or deterioration of underlying materials.

Stucco, renowned for its timeless and sophisticated appearance, includes multiple layers of mortar applied over water-resistant barriers and wire lath on the exterior wall. Stucco and adhered stone as basically the exact same process, and thus, often share the same defects and water intrusion issues. A detailed inspection with moisture probing can help identify apparent, and also hidden issues.

Whatever the stucco type, proper detailing is vital to thwart water intrusion. A comprehensive visual inspection, coupled with precise moisture probing, is vital in assessing the underlying structure and if repairs might be needed.

If you’re buying a home in Hockinson and it has adhered stone, stucco, or EIFS, we can perform an inspection including moisture testing under the surface to find hidden issues.

If you need a full home inspection, or a specialty inspection of your Hockinson home, contact us, and we can help!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Common questions and answers for home buyers and sellers alike

What happens if issues are found during the inspection?

Every house has issues to address and repair. If significant issues are identified, we will discuss them with you and help guide potential next steps, including recommended further evaluation by an appropriate contractor. We can’t tell you if you should buy a home or not, but we can give you all of the data to help you make an informed decision.

How long does a home inspection typically take?

A comprehensive home inspection usually takes between 2 to 4 hours, depending on the size and complexity of the property. Larger or more complex properties may require multiple inspectors and more time to accomplish.

How soon will I receive the inspection report?

We strive to deliver comprehensive inspection reports promptly. For home inspections, you will receive it no later than the next morning, but usually the same evening as the inspection. Some inspections like EIFS, stucco, and stone veneer take longer to perform and write up so may be up to 2-3 days depending on the amount of report writing to accomplish.

Why is radon testing important?

Radon is a silent killer, and testing the radon levels in your home is crucial for ensuring the long term safety of your family.

Home inspections, sewer scopes, electrical inspections, and other services are all designed to give you peace of mind as a home buyer or a homeowner. Schedule an inspection with 45th Parallel Home Inspection and we’ll give you the information you need to make the right decisions for your home.

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