Specialty Services

You can select from a network of professionals and contractors who can work as a team for you on any residential project. You can be confident that our professionals and entrepreneurs provide fast, efficient and reliable service.

  1. Structural Engineer Analysis
  2. Infrared Thermal Imaging
  3. Drain and Sewer Pipe Camera Inspections
  4. Fireplace or Wood Stove Inspection
  5. Pool and Spa Inspection
  6. Mold and Air Quality Inspection
  7. Asbestos-Vermiculite Testing- Zonolite® Attic Insulation
  8. Foundation Inspections
  9. Pyrite Inspections
  10. Radon Inspection

Structural  Engineer Analysis

Structural engineers perform  analyses on structural issues if any are found in the home. They do structural calculations if needed and offer recommendations for improvements or repair. 

Infrared Thermal Imaging

This specialty inspection gives you a non-invasive means of detecting issues that cannot be seen any other way.  For instance,  by detecting moisture infiltration around windows or the roof, this specialty inspection can save you thousands of dollars by revealing these sorts of issues in advance.  

Pinpointing Defects According to Your Needs
Infrared thermal imaging allows the inspector to find issues such as:

  1. Air infiltration
  2. Missing or deteriorated insulation
  3. Moisture intrusion and accumulation that might lead to mold in walls and ceilings
  4. Overloaded electrical circuits
  5. Loose electrical connections
  6. HVAC blockages
  7. Inadequate or improperly applied flashing or sealants

Drain and Sewer Pipe Camera Inspections

Drain and sewer camera inspection technology has made it much easier to diagnose sewer and drainage problems. With this new drain and sewer camera technology, we can now see into  pipes directly. If  deficiencies are discovered in advance, it can save a lot of time and money.

Common Drain and Sewer Problems are:

  • Fractured or cracked pipes
  • Collapsed sewer or drain pipes
  • Root infestation
  • Bellied or settled pipes

Fireplace or Wood Stove Inspection

A thorough and visual inspection is conducted on all open fireplaces and wood stoves, as well as oil and propane tanks.  A concise summary report in PDF format is provided that addresses all the important findings along with photos containing all the relevant problems observed. This would  include:

  1. Condensation
  2. Chimney structure disintegration
  3. Improper chimney draft
  4. Improper clearance
  5. Cracked or missing flue tiles
  6. Unlined or damaged chimney structure
  7. Down-drafting or smoking chimney

Pool and Spa Inspection

Many homeowners neglect their systems, creating costly repairs for the future owner. Our reports will provide you a clear understanding of foreseeable problems that need to be addressed immediately and a clear understanding of the safety and mechanical conditions of your system.

Safety is always our number one issue. We identify any risks of electrocution, accidental drowning or entrapment. Everything is inspected from your liner to decking and coping to the plumbing, electrical, mechanical and heating systems.

We provide clear and concise reports summarizing a professional opinion on the state of your pool or spa, the structure, equipment and all other components.

Mold and Air Quality Inspection

Mold in a home is not healthy. It is not necessary to know what type of mold your house has. We recommend calling in building professionals to inspect the building envelope, plumbing and interior signs of water infiltration, leaks and mold. If these deficiencies are found, the inspector will recommend the appropriate remediation procedures.

There are a number of reasons to test the air quality in your home. Chemical contaminants can affect the health and well-being of your family. Contaminated indoor air can cause allergies and asthma, including other health issues. Our inspectors are equipped with advanced devices to detect and determine levels of air quality in your home, or in a home you are about to purchase. We test for pollutants such as mold, but also other types of chemicals that are suspended as particulates in the air. VOCs (Volatile Organic Chemicals) are harmful chemicals; many of them cannot be detected by smell. They are emitted as gases from solids or liquids and are easily evaporated into air at room temperatures.

Types of VOCs include: alcohol, aldehydes, aromatics, esters, ethers, freons, ketones and hydrocarbons. Concentrations of these chemicals can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. Thousands of products, many that we use or are exposed to every day, emit VOCs into the air while they are being used, and, to some degree, even when they are stored.

Some experts report that a third of our homes are contaminated with mold in the air, with levels ranging from weak to very high. Mold needs moisture to grow, which is why it’s important to maintain the proper humidity levels in the home, along with ensuring there is no water infiltration or leakage. Stagnant water when in contact with construction materials can produce areas of concentrated mold. The risk of contamination increases, while reducing the air quality throughout the home.

Step 1. Mold and Air Quality Assessment begins by:

  1. Gathering information about the history of building from the homeowner or tenant
  2. Conducting a complete visual inspection to determine if there are signs of mold, odors, or water.
  3. Inspecting for infiltration, excessive humidity or any other indicators of moisture infiltration
  4. Defining the source or sources of damage

Step 2. A complete report is written including:

  1. Cleaning of any contaminated areas
  2. Replacing moldy construction materials

Step 3. Testing the air quality of the home for mold and chemical pollutants. There are clients that naturally could benefit from a mold analysis particularly if certain factors may affect the health of the occupants.

The analysis of an air sample is the last step in the process, as part the evaluation procedure An interior air sample in the home is accompanied by an exterior air sample, they both are analyzed in a specialized laboratory that follows the industry standards of AIHA (American Industrial Hygiene Association).

Asbestos-Vermiculite Testing- Zonolite® Attic Insulation

In 2004 an advisory was issued about insulation called Zonolite® used in primarily in attics. The main area of concern is loose-fill or blow-in attic insulation. Homes built between the 1940’s and 1990’s have a higher risk of having asbestos contaminated insulation. Before 1990, the world’s supply of vermiculite was extracted out from Libby Mine in Montana and sold under the brand name of Zonolite®. To guarantee the health and safety of your home, our qualified and experienced inspectors will take the required number of samples to provide accurate results. The laboratory is accredited ISO 17025 and specializes in the domain of asbestos testing with industry standard quality control assurances. We wear protective gear to insure our safety during sampling. To ensure your safety during the removal of vermiculite, our specialists set up a proper containment system.

Foundation Inspections

To justify this additional expense of this specialty inspection the following conditions could be found:

  1. Inward bowing and mechanical damage due to inadequate lateral support
  2. Top of foundation too close to ground level
  3. Horizontal cracks due to  freezing
  4. Crumbling or spalling concrete, as a result of poor concrete
  5. Frost heave as a result of foundations being too short

A foundation inspection could include the following:

  • Conducting a site inspection of all discrepancies in the foundation. Collection of all necessary data that includes: the soils, the state of the foundation, the basement if needed, exterior and interior walls, drainage and the structure of building
  • Writing a report with a technical evaluation
  • Recommending solutions for corrective measures and cost estimates.

Pyrite Inspections

Pyrite is a widespread and abundant iron sulphide mineral (FeS2). It is found in traces in sedimentary rocks to make backfill that is used under concrete slabs in homes and garages. With time, Pyrite oxidizes and produces acid whereby a chemical reaction occurs and produces a sulfate, gypsum. This chemical reaction causes the pyritic backfill to swell and the concrete itself begins to crack and crumble. The sulphation of concrete is a slow process and can take around ten years for any damage to be produced. The pyrite problem has led to much questioning with regards to scientific, technical, and legal issues.

This specialty inspection works with industry standards for the testing of pyrite.

The pyrite inspection includes the following:

  1. A visual inspection of damages in the interior and exterior of the building
  2. Concrete slab is cored to a 250 mm (6 inch) diameter; the concrete samples are taken along with samples of the backfill under the slab. The hole is repaired back to normal after samples are taken.
  3. A laboratory analysis is performed verifying by a geologist the condition of the concrete. The backfill is tested according to an indicator of swelling.
  4. A report is written up with the geologist’s visual inspections, the analysis and recommendations for corrective measures.

Radon Inspection

Radon is a radioactive gas that is odorless and colorless. Occurring naturally in the environment, it is produced by the breakdown of uranium commonly found in rocks and soils. Radon gas moves easily into the atmosphere where it is diluted to lower concentrations. However, if it gets trapped inside buildings where ventilation is poor, concentrations can rise to dangerous levels and pose a health risk for you and your family. Experts recommend that if the level of Radon is above 200 Bq/m3 (Becquerels/meter cubed), action must be taken to reduce the levels in your home.

In general, radon enters into the home through the foundation and crawl spaces.

The potential entry points are:

  1. Cavities inside walls
  2. Cracks in solid floors
  3. Construction joints
  4. Cracks in walls
  5. The water supply
  6. Gaps in suspended floors
  7. Gaps around service pipes

There have been extensive surveys and research on radon. Some areas have excessively high levels (200 Becquerels or more). Radon levels can be highly variable and they are difficult to predict in any one home. The consequence of Radon exposure is lung cancer. Each year approximately 3,200 people die from radon-associated lung cancer in Canada. The good news is that testing for Radon is not particularly expensive.

We can provide Radon testing using detectors from specialized contractors. These devices are positioned in your home where they are open to indoor air for a set period of time and then sent to a laboratory for testing. If you do have high levels of Radon in your home, we can offer a number of methods and solutions to reduce your radon levels are carried out by trained contractors.