Other Types of Inspections
A home inspection covers most aspects of the building.  There are limitations to what a
typical home inspection covers.  Some of the things that are beyond the scope of the
home inspection, which you might want to consider having a qualified person inspect are:

  • Septic Systems - The home inspector will test for 'functional drainage' during
    normal use of fixtures.  The drainage plumbing will be inspected.  If the house has a
    septic system it is generally a good idea to have a specialist evaluate the system.

  • Water Supply Systems - The home inspector will test only for 'functional flow'
    during normal use of plumbing fixtures.  The distribution plumbing will be inspected.  
    If the house does not have public or community water it is generally a good idea to
    have the supply system (well, spring, etc) tested for water quality and quantity.

  • Electrical Generation Systems - The home inspector will test for presence of
    power, will test electrical fixtures, appliances and receptacles and will identify and
    inspect the electrical panel and distribution wiring.  Power generation/control
    systems should be evaluated by a specialist.

  • Wood Destroying Organism Identification - The home inspector will inspect for
    visible evidence of wood destroying organisms (e.g. fungus, termites) but only a
    state licenced WDO (pest) inspector can legally identify these.  A state licenced
    pest inspector may also give a price quote to repair/remediate pest related damage
    and/or treatment.

  • Geological Items - The home inspector will look for visual evidence of geological
    type issues (e.g. under-mining of the foundation, foundation cracks, erosion) and
    recommend further evaluation as required, but it is beyond the scope of the
    inspection to determine the stability of slopes.  If the house is on or near a steep
    slope/hill it is generally a good idea to have a geo-technical engineer evaluate the
    property.
Brady Home
Inspection
Eureka, CA

707
444-9922
ralph@bradyinspects.com