Full Home Inspection

A full home inspection includes a visual analysis and professional opinion of the condition of a residential home including a thorough review of the following components:
(1) Heating systems
(2) Cooling systems
(3) Electrical systems
(4) Plumbing systems
(5) Structural components
(6) Foundations
(7) Roof coverings
(8) Exterior and interior components
(9) Any other site aspects that affect the residential dwelling
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A Home Inspection Report will be delivered by email within 48 hours.  The report is easy to read and understand and includes full color photos.  After reviewing the report, Ike encourages you to contact him with any questions or concerns.

Wood Destroying Insects (Termites)

A wood destroying insect inspection includes a thorough investigation of the entire structure for evidence of active or past infestation of termites, wood infesting beetles, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and wood decay fungus. This inspection is commonly required by lenders for real estate transactions.  Full Coverage Home Inspections is an Indiana Licensed Category 12 Wood Destroying Insect Inspector.  The wood destroying insect inspection results and recommendations will be presented on the NPMA-33 form, the nationally recognized form required by most lenders.

Water Quality Testing

Simple Bacteria Test – Tests for bacteria (total coliform & E. Coli) in drinking water. Results in 72 hours. This test yields a yes or no result for the presence of bacteria.
Lab Certified Bacteria Test – Tests for bacteria (total coliform & E. Coli) in drinking water and meets EPA Regulated Testing Guidelines. This test is certified by a microbiologist in an EPA certified laboratory. Results in 3 to 4 business days.
5 Common Contaminants – Certified Lab Testing for 5 Contaminants which includes Lab Certified Bacteria – (Total Coliform & E-Coli), (2 In-Organics – Nitrates and Nitrites) and (2 Metals – Copper and Lead). Test results in 3 to 4 business days.
Additional tests are available, but they require 8 to 11 business days to receive results.   Contact me for more information.

Radon Testing 

You can’t see, smell or taste radon but it could be present at dangerous levels in your future home.  Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among non-smokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year.  In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes for radon.

Full Coverage Home Inspections uses reliable activated charcoal canisters to measure radon levels.  For real estate transactions, the canister will be deployed at the test site for 48 hours.  Upon retrieval the canisters will be shipped overnight to a certified lab and the results will be emailed to you on the same day the canisters arrive at the lab.

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Septic Inspection

A Septic Inspection begins by gathering information about the septic system.  Full Coverage Home Inspections will visit the County Health Department and review all records and permits on file for the residence.

The onsite inspection begins by evaluating and inspecting the plumbing of the house to determine which fixtures utilize the septic system and if a greywater system is installed.  A calculation is then performed to determine the amount of dye and water to add to the system.  Dye is flushed down a toilet and water is turned on in a bathtub, shower or sink for a specific amount of time.

Using the information obtained from the County Health Department and information from the property owner (if available), all components of the system will be located including the treatment tank and absorption area.  Each of the system components will be evaluated as follows:

  • Inspect the treatment tank
  • Inspect risers, filters and baffles
  • Inspect the cesspool or seepage pit
  • Inspect the holding tank
  • Inspect the dosing and siphon tanks and pumps
  • Inspection of mound, subsurface bed and trench systems
  • Accessory components and alternate technologies

Near the end of the inspection, the adsorption field will be scanned with an ultraviolet leak detection light to check for the presence of dye that was introduced into the system.  After the inspection, a report will be provided that will describe the present condition of the system and summarize the findings of the inspection.

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Mold testing should be considered if there is any noticeable mold growth, musty odors or visible water damage.  Full Coverage Home Inspections can use any combination of air, tape or swab samples to identify the presence and type of mold.  The samples will be shipped overnight to a certified lab and the results are typically available within three business days.

Air Sampling: The purpose of air sampling is to determine the type and amount of airborne contamination in a building.  When air sampling is performed, both the outside and inside air is sampled so the results can be compared to see if a problem exists.

Tape/Swab Sampling: Tape/Swab samples collect visible mold by lifting with tape or wiping with a swab.  This type of sampling is used to identify specific mold types.

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Ike DeBurger