Tim Darling - Graduate of the American Society of Home Inspectors ASHI school. Member of InterNACHI ( International Society of Home Inspectors), License # 450.011884. Licensed Illinois Realtor #475.159678 . Experienced Luxury Home Builder / small projects manager.  Energy Auditing.

 

Commercial and Residential Inspections 

Radon Testing, Mold Testing, Sewer Scope Examination, Water Quality Testing, Air Quality Testing


On Energy Efficiency - Today’s Wastage is Tomorrows Shortage. Energy audits partner perfectly with home inspections to provide you with an even deeper look at the inner workings of a home. An energy audit is an in-depth analysis of a home’s energy performance. ... Because through diagnostic testing, an energy audit will reveal where and how a home is losing energy.

roofing flashing chimneys and exterior

materials , roofing systems, unique slopes, flat roofs, valley, hips ridge slipped parapet wall, skylight, drip edge, wall surfaces, steps, railings, columns, beams, joists, floor, siding, stucco, stone, brick , retaining walls 


structure

why buildings move

  • configuration

  • footings

  • floors and wall systems

 


electrical

service entrance, service panels, branch circuit wiring, outlet, switches, lights, junction boxes 
 

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heating 

generating heat – fuel, gas, propane , ignition systems, oil, oil tanks, venting, chimneys, 

moving heat

furnaces – electric, gas, heat exchanges, fan/limit switches, filters, humidifiers, efficiency systems

hot water boilers– electric, gas, oil, pumps, pressure reducing valves, back flow prevention, piping, zone valves, boiler efficiencies

steam and electric heat –space heaters and radiant heat


cooling/heat pumps 

air conditioning – compressors, coils, refrigerant lines, duct systems, thermostats, coils, water lines, central, heat pump systems, 

heat pumps – components of bivalent systems

evaporative coolers 


insulation 

materials – fiberglass, mineral wool, cellulose, plastic board, strayed foam, uffi, vermiculite, wood shavings, 

location of insulation – attic, flat roofs, walls, wood framing, solid walls, basements and crawlspace, interior and exterior wall, floors over unheated spaces

insulation standards

air / vapor barriers 

ventilation – attic ventilation, crawlspace ventilation 

heat recovery ventilators


plumbing 

supply – public and private water systems,  shut off valves, water distribution, piping, water heater, plastic tubing, tankless water heaters, 

waste systems –public and private, traps, floor drains, venting , sewage, sump pumps

plumbing fixtures – sinks, basins, tubs, faucets


interior 

major floor finishes – concrete, hardwood, laminate and engineered wood, softwood, carpet, resilient, ceramic, stone floors 

major wall finishes – plaster/ drywall, paneling, brick / stone, concrete, stucco, textured 

trim – baseboard and quarter round, casings, molding

cabinets and countertops – Set the typeface, font properties, and color of the titles in Page Folder Nav and Products Category Nav.

windows, doors, stairs, – rise and run, width, doors and landings, railings 


appliances 

appliances are inspected as part of an inspection

ranges, ovens, exhaust fans, refrigerators, dishwashers, disposals, compactors, washing machines, dryers, central vacuum systems 

 Losing energy can result from any number of issues, including:

  • Poor insulation

  • Air leakage

  • Inefficient appliances

All of which lead to the same place: an uncomfortable home that’s expensive to maintain.
So How Do Home Inspections and Energy Audits Work?
Let’s start with the home inspection. Remember, this is a complete visual inspection of the home, from top to bottom. At the end of it, you’ll receive a written report, including the inspector’s notes about such things as:

  • Grounds:

    • Grade relative to drainage, yard drains, walks, driveways, landscaping, patio/slabs

    • Outside lighting, dangerous trees or limbs, fences and gates

    • Outside faucets and retaining walls

  • Exterior:

    • Siding, shutters, trim rot, paint and caulking

    • Eaves, porch, porch rails, stoop, stoop rails, deck, deck rails

    • Doors, sliding doors, garage, garage door openers and windows

  • Roof:

    Material type, roof style, flashing and roof penetrations

  • Skylights, gutters, downspouts, splash blocks, rafters and other upper framing elements

  • Ceiling joists, roof decking, water penetration

  • Electrical:

    • Grounding equipment, main panel, sub panels

    • Over current protection, ground fault protection

    • 110 volts and 220 volt circuits, receptacles, light fixtures, switches and safety concerns

  • Appliances:

    • Unit manufacturers

    • Dishwasher, oven and energy source, range and energy source, refrigerator, trash compactor and microwave

  • Plumbing:

    • Water supply, water shut offs, water pressure, water pipes, water heater, waste water disposal, waste and vent pipes, plumbing fixtures, laundry connections, bathrooms

  • A visual inspection (without use of diagnostic testing equipment) to assess:

    • Building envelope features (windows, doors, insulation, ducts) and ages

    • Heating, cooling and ventilation equipment types, characteristics and ages

    • Appliance and lighting characteristics

    • Comfort complaints

    • Visible moisture issues