What To Expect With
Hightek Home Inspections

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As part of our ongoing commitment to customer service, HighTek Home Inspections wants you to understand what to expect with each of our inspections.

It is our mission to help you become educated on the inspections your home may need and prepare you for a successful experience!

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors describes a home inspection as:
“A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property (as delineated below), performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process.”

A few additional facts to know:

It is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and is not a prediction of future conditions.
The home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection.
A written home inspection report will identify defects that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.
Inspection reports may include additional comments and recommendations.

A material defect:

Is a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property.
May pose an unreasonable risk to people.
Is not the same thing as a system or component that is at the end of its useful life.
HighTek Home Inspections encourages you and your Realtor to attend the inspection in person, but at a safe distance. Due to safety concerns during the inspection process, it is best to not bring small children.

A home inspection will take approximately 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours depending on the size and age of the home.
We typically inspect the home’s exterior first, followed by the home’s interior.
Items with and without defects will be documented, so don’t panic when your inspector makes lots of notes or takes lots of photos.
We use state-of-the-art detection equipment such as drones and robots. Although exciting to see, please allow the inspector to concentrate on the task at hand to avoid injury to people, property, and equipment.
You will be given a verbal summary at the conclusion of the inspection, and a full inspection report by the end of the business day.

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Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that comes from the soil and can accumulate in the air we breathe. Exposure to radon over a long period of time can lead to lung cancer.

It is a myth that only homes with basements should test for radon. If you have a slab foundation, a partial, or full basement, radon will enter your home.

Any radon level poses some health risk. While it is not possible to reduce radon to zero, the best approach is to lower the radon level as much as possible.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set the action level at 4 pCi/L (picocuries of radon per liter of air). At this level or higher, it is highly recommended to install a radon mitigation system to reduce the radon level.

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers.

Your risk for lung cancer increases with higher levels of radon and longer periods of exposure.
It is estimated that 21,000 people die each year in the United States from lung cancer due to radon exposure.
The risk of getting lung cancer from radon exposure is higher for smokers than for non-smokers.
Reducing smoking and radon exposure greatly reduces the risk of lung cancer.
A radon test is the only way to know how much radon is in your home. Radon can be reduced with a mitigation system.

EPA’s Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon
State of Ohio’s Information About Radon

Forty-eight hours before your inspection, your inspector will place a small, digital radon detector in your home, which will take several samples of the amount of radon in the air.

When the inspector downloads and analyzes the data provided by the detector, a formal radon report will be delivered to you.

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A WDI inspection identifies the presence or absence of visible evidence from WDI, damage due to any such infestation, and recommendations for treatment.

The 4 types of reportable wood destroying insects in Ohio are:

Carpenter Bees
Carpenter Ants
Powderpost Beetles
Termites

Each of these insects can easily and quietly cause extensive damage to a home or any other structure. All of these insects attack wood, the primary building component of our homes.
By employing the use of a trained and certified State of Ohio WDI inspector from HTHI, we can help you spot wood destroying insects and any potential damage they may cause both past and present.
To learn more about Wood Destroying Insects in great detail, please visit the following link: Ohio Department of Agriculture

HighTek’s inspectors will examine both the interior and exterior of your building structure for the presence of wood destroying insects.

WDI inspections take around 1 hour to complete.
We’ll look for bugs and both past and present infestations by identifying insect waste, insect body parts, and any damage caused by insects.
We’ll identify conditions that may attract wood destroying insects now or in the future.
You will receive a report by the end of the business day.

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Molds are living organisms that grow naturally in warm, damp and humid conditions. Often times mold is not in plain sight of the occupant and may be present without detection of some of the human senses such as sight and smell.

Mold can grow on walls, ceilings, carpets and furniture, often because of humidity, condensation, water leaks or bathroom spills.

Mold produces spores, which float in the air and can cause health problems, allergic reactions or asthma attacks. They also produce toxins that may be hazardous if people are exposed to large amounts.

For more information about mold and its negative effects on your health and your home, please visit the following links:

https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/OLHCHH_MOLD_2016.PDF
https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/healthy_homes/healthyhomes/mold

HighTek’s inspectors will conduct a non-invasive mold test inside of your home. Your inspector will take a sample of the mold and send it to a lab to be analyzed. Once the type of mold is identified by the lab, the report will be given to you.

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