SERVICES


HOME INSPECTION
RADON TESTING
TERMITE INSPECTION

Home Inspections

Springirth Services goes above and beyond the Standards of Practice that have been set forth by the State of Maryland for Home Inspections. Your home inspector at Springirth Services has extensive background in residential construction and knows what it takes to build and maintain a quality home and because of that we offer many different services beyond the standard home inspection.

What to Except During Your Home Inspection:

  • Inspection of the structural components, electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, insulation, roof system, foundation, exterior, interior, fireplaces, wood-stoves and chimneys.

  • Items of the home such as ovens and stoves, dishwashers, microwaves, refrigerators, washers and dryers.

  • A licensed and nationally certified home inspector with hands-on knowledge and experience to spot problems with installation, materials and workmanship.

  • A dedicated home inspector that is ready to answer any questions and will walk you through each step of the inspection.

  • A detailed post inspection report with pictures to outline any issues.

Pre-Listing Inspections:

  • Are a great way for you to get ahead of the issues that may arise during the selling process of your home.

  • You will feel confident selling your home because Springirth Services offers a guarantee with your Pre-Listing Inspection. Springirth Services is confident in our inspections- if buyer has an inspection done and their inspector finds issues with the house that you have to pay for, we will refund your money for the inspection.

Home Warranty Inspection/ 11th Month Inspections:

  • Great for your “new construction” home that was built within the past year.

  • When your builders warranty is about to expire it's great to be able to see what has changed over the years.

  • Find out what was missed at the final walk-thru that could be fixed by the builders wallet and not yours.

Radon Testing

Although radon is a naturally occurring gas in our environment, it's also the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. The Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency recommend testing for radon because one out of every 15 homes has unsafe levels indoors. Millions of Americans have had their homes tested, and you should, too.

Montgomery County passed a law that went into effect on October 1, 2016 that requires all homes that go through a real estate transaction be tested for radon. In the counties of Montgomery, Frederick, Howard, Carroll, Baltimore, Washington, Hardford and Calvert in Maryland all have a average predicted indoor radon level of above the EPA's threshold of 4 pCi/L. While radon can be deadly it is relatively easy and inexpensive to have a remediation system installed.

A Free Digital Copy of the EPA's Home Buyers and Sellers Guide To Radon is provided below.

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-05/documents/hmbuygud.pdf

Termite Inspections

Just about all loans require a termite inspection. A termite inspection is a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of the structure and will note any termite damage that is past or present. Termites are attracted to wet, damp wood. There are numerous ways to treat termites but by far the best treatment is prevention, which starts with an inspection by Springirth Services.

Water Sampling

Potability Water Sample

The most common sample for water sampling is a Potability Water Sample. Some lenders require the potability water sample,

Potability Water Sampling tests for:

  • Bacteria
  • Nitrates
  • pH
  • Turbidity

FHA/VA Loan Water Sampling :

Just about all unconventional loans, FHA/VA loans for example, require additional testing.

The FHA/VA Water Sample tests for:

  • Bacteria
  • Nitrates
  • Nitrites
  • pH
  • Lead
  • Iron
  • Turbidity

Well Testing

The Well Testing

A Well Yield Test is a timed-test to determine how many gallons per minute a well system can produce. ??

There are two options, a 3 Hour Well Yield Test or a 1 Hour Well Yield Test. The 3 Hour is more accurate than the 1 hour.
Both will let you know the following.

  • A functioning well pump and pressure tank.

  • If a well is running dry or lacks sufficient recuperation.

  • The reserve amount sitting in the well.

  • If the buyers need to stretch the time between running water: showers, laundry, dish washer, etc

Septic Testing

The Septic Inspection:

  • Access and locate the septic tank.

  • Determine if tank is composed of concrete, metal or fiberglass.

  • Determine if the water level in tank is where it should be

  • Check flow from house to the tank.

  • If the septic system is equipped than the pump, floats and alarms will be inspected.

  • The outside of the septic tank is probed to check for cracks/voids in the tank.

  • Locate and probe the drainfields. This will determine if the drainfields are functioning or failing.

  • It's recommended that the septic tank not be pumped within one month of the inspection.