In order to limit damaged that is caused by intense wind conditions, specific building techniques are implemented in a process called Wind Mitigation. As a Gulf Coast state, Florida is prone to windstorm damage caused by hurricanes, so legislation has been put in place that mandates incentives for homeowners to mitigate wind damage. After the occurrence of Hurricane Andrew and the damage it caused, Florida implemented a law that requires insurance companies to offer discounts and credits to customers that have existing building features and improvements to their homes that reduce damage and loss caused by wind. Homes are required to undergo a certified home wind inspection in order to qualify for these available insurance discounts. Wind mitigation will help you save money on insurance costs and also help protect your home from wind damage because even if a home is insured, it is always costly when a house is damaged, both for the homeowner and the insurer. Because of this, carrying windstorm insurance is required of homeowners before they can be approved for a mortgage by Florida lenders. Additionally, if a home is vulnerable to wind damage, insurance providers may not grant windstorm insurance to the homeowner.
Sterling Home Inspection Services Inc. will inspect the following for wind mitigation techniques:
- Garage Doors
- Opening Protection
- Roof Covering
- Roof Shape
- Roof Deck Attachment
- Roof-To-Wall Connections
- Secondary Water Resistance
We understand the importance of wind mitigation as a strategy to limit wind damage inflicted on a structure and we can help determine which improvements are necessary in order to protect your home.
A Four Point Home Inspection focuses on four main areas of interest in the structure of a home:
- HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning)
- Electrical wiring and panels
- Plumbing connections and fixtures
Though the different systems of your home have varying life spans, they all remain somewhat predictable. Most of the information gathered in a four point inspection is related to these life spans but is not limited to those specific details. Issues like types of wiring used in the electrical systems of the home or manufacturers of equipment used are also things to be considered.
Sterling Home Inspection Services Inc. is qualified to perform a thorough Four Point Inspection on your home to ensure that everything is as it should be and can help guide you to make sure that your home is completely safe.
Most people have no idea how poor the indoor air quality of their home is or realize the severity of the presence of allergens. However, there are ways to find out the air quality of your home and what can be done to improve and maintain it.
Some Quick Facts About Indoor Air Quality and Allergens:
- The indoor air quality of your home can be worse than the air outside.
- Issues with indoor air quality can come from moisture, insects, allergens, pets, appliances, radon, materials used in household products and furnishings, smoke, and other sources.
- Poor air quality can result in effects ranging from minor annoyances to major health risks that require serious medical treatment.
- These unwanted results can be prevented by implementing remedies including ventilation, regular cleaning, moisture control, inspections, and following manufacturers’ directions when using appliances and products.
Sterling Home Inspection Services Inc. will do a thorough inspection of your home including areas like the living areas, kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, utility rooms, basement, and garage. It is important for the health of you and your family that you have the indoor air quality of your home inspected thoroughly and tested for allergens.
Even though the United States has one of the safest water supplies in the world, national statistics don’t necessarily tell you about the specific water supply that you receive out of your tap. This is because water quality varies between location depending on the condition of the water source and how it is treated.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), although it doesn’t regulate private wells, requires every community water supplier to release an annual report to its customers detailing the the local drinking water quality. It includes information about the water’s source, contaminants found in it, and how consumers can get involved in the protection of their drinking water.
It it important for you to understand the quality of water that is being streamed into your home. Certain contaminants and impurities can be harmless but others, like microbes including bacteria and viruses, can cause serious health issues, especially to those with special health needs involving compromised immune systems. Sometimes impurities don’t necessarily cause concern for health issues but can make water taste badly and unpalatable.
Using the new information that is now available about drinking water, citizens can be aware of the challenges of keeping drinking water safe and take an active role in protecting drinking water. Sterling Home Inspection Services Inc. can help you make sure that your drinking water is safe for consumption by you and your loved ones.
Living in the Sunshine State means that lots of homes have pools installed. It is important to make sure that your pool meets safety standards in order for your friends and family to be able to enjoy it properly.
Some items we look at when performing an inspection include:
- Storage space
- Deck surface
- Pool steps
- Sloping of surfaces
- Standing water
- Drain grates
- Pool cleanliness
- Water temperature
- Water quality
- Water heater
Pools and spas can be relaxing and therapeutic additions to any home or multi-unit housing structure, but only if they’re safe and properly maintained. Sterling Home Inspection Services Inc. understands that providing comprehensive Pool & Spa Inspections can increase the users’ safety and enjoyment.
Wood Destroying Organisms (WDO) are cause for great concern amongst home owners, buyers, and sellers. For this reason, as certified home inspectors, we are knowledgable about these creatures and the effects they can have on your home.
The most common and destructive of wood destroying organisms is the termite. There are thousands of termite species in the U.S., but we have listed the characteristics of four problematic termite species that can cause significant damage in and around the home.
- Live underground in protected nests
- Resemble grains of rice
- Feed on wood
- Develop wings in the spring
- Dried insect wings are a sign of their presence
- Build tunnel systems
- Live underground in protected nests
- Create nests above ground
- Infest attic or high spot in home
- Don’t require a water source
- Football-shaped pellets fall from nest
- Rarely found in the house
- Usually adjacent to house near moisture
- Do not construct tunnels
- Mainly found in Texas and Louisiana
- Colony is usually larger than subterranean termite colonies
- Able to chew through metal and plastic to reach wood
We at Sterling Home Inspection Services Inc. are here to help you better understand the damage the wood destroying insects can do to your home and the preventative measures that can be taken.