Waldon Works Ltd. provides a variety of professional home and building inspection services. Click on any topic below to find out more...
If you have decided to list your property for sale, it makes sense that you would want to get top dollar for it, and that you would want the sale process to go as smoothly as possible. Having your property inspected by a Professional Home Inspector before you list can help make that happen. Most property purchasers will have an inspection done. If their inspector identifies issues with the systems in your property, the buyer may want you to fix the problems, causing a delay in closing. They may even want to renegotiate the selling price.
Having your property "Move-In Certified" to InterNACHI's Standards of Practice will give you a written inspection report to assist you in deciding how to proceed with any of the issues identified in the report.
More and more leading Realtors and property sellers see the value of this type of inspection. As it becomes more popular, the evidence is growing that having your property inspected before you list will help your property sell faster, and for more money.
Waldon Works also offers a optional "Buyer Walk through" as a part of this program. Mitch will walk thru the home with the buyer to discuss any issues he identified during his inspection, and to address any concerns the buyer might have. There is a fee, payable by the purchaser, for this service. It's one more way to put the purchaser at ease.
If you are thinking of selling your property, give Mitch a call. He'll be happy to talk with you about your plans, and to answer any questions you have about how having him "Move-In Certify" your property can help the sale of your property go as smoothly as possible. Contact Mitch today.
After careful consideration, you've made an offer on a property. It's a big investment of time and money. One of the best ways to protect that investment in to have the property inspected by a Licensed Professional Home Inspector. A thorough inspection of the property through Waldon Works Ltd. will provide you with written information to help you decide how to proceed with your purchase plans.
A standard home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.
From the top of the roof, to the bottom of the foundation, houses are an exceptionally complex grouping of interrelated systems. Roofing, exterior, insulation, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, interior, grading and structure all need to be examined to identify any defects that exist that may require repairs.
It is important to note that a standard home inspection is a visual inspection only. No testing of materials, capacities or efficiencies is performed. Out of respect for the owners property, no items are moved or disassembled (except access hatches not requiring tools to open) to make an examination possible. If an area is not safely accessible, or is covered by stored items, that area may be disclaimed in the report.
A Home Inspection is not a Building Code inspection. Home inspectors are generalists, having a wide knowledge of the many systems in a home. While they are trained to be familiar with Alberta building codes, they are not trained, nor are they certified as Safety Code Officers. The interpretation of thousands of pages of Building code documentation, as well as keeping up with the constant changes to regulations and formal interpretations is well beyond the scope of Professional Home Inspector as licensed by the Province of Alberta.
During the 2 to 3 hours of time it typically takes to perform the onsite portion of an inspection, the inspector will methodically go through the major systems of the house, looking for defects. Some items called out may be quite small, such as a loose screw on a handrail, or the need for caulking on a counter top. Other defects may be quite substantial, such as a major plumbing or electrical issue, or a roof that has reached the end of its useful life.
Licensed Professional Home Inspectors are prohibited by law (26. (6)) from giving an estimate of the cost of any repair or improvement to a dwelling as a result of a home inspection.
It is the work of the inspector to provide you with unbiased information about the systems of the property. Almost all houses have issues. Even newly built ones. Properties do not pass or fail an inspection. A thorough inspection, followed up by a comprehensive written inspection report provides unbiased information which you can use as a part of making a decision about how to proceed with a property. You may chose to continue with a purchase, you may chose to negotiate with the seller, or you may choose to look for another home. It's for you to decide, based on the best unbiased information available to you at the time. An important part of that information is an inspection report supplied by a professional, experienced and licensed Home Inspector.
I have the experience and training to provide you with detailed information about the property you are looking at purchasing. I'd be happy to talk with you about your plans, and to provide you with a quote on a thorough, informative inspection. Contact Mitch today.
Buildings are very complicated systems. Deferring maintenance can lead to costly repairs. It can be challenging to decide what maintenance work to take on first.
A Building Maintenance Inspection by Waldon Works Ltd. will thoroughly examine the major systems in your property. Maintenance issues that arise during that inspection will be highlighted in the printed report you will receive after the inspection. The report will also include a suggested priority for repairing deficiencies. This will help you in your planning, and help you maintain the value of your property.
My years of renovation experience give me a broad knowledge base on the wear and tear inherent in building systems. I would be happy to talk with you about any maintenance concerns you have about your property. I can also supply you with a quote on providing a thorough, professional and unbiased Building Maintenance Inspection. Contact Mitch today.
Is the work done right? Repairs and renovations to a property can be very complex projects. There are so many details to look after, it takes real care to make sure a project is completed well.
The sad truth is that there are many poor builders in the market. Many work without the proper permits, licenses and experience. Even with the proper permits, licenses, experience and training, the best builders can miss things. I know from experience that City Building Inspectors often don't have the time to do a complete and thorough inspection.
Having your project inspected by a Professional Home Inspector can help to assure you that the work has been well done, is safe, and that there are no major problems. These inspections can occur at the end of the job, or better yet, at separate phases of the work. For instance, before walls get closed in, and then again at the end of the project. This can insure that defects don't get missed because they can't be seen.
There is also value in having a professional Home Inspector involved during the construction of a new home. Building a new home is a very complicated process. With so many subcontractors involved in most builds these days, even the best builder can miss some details. Having an unbiased inspector take a look at the construction as it progresses can assure you that your home is well built, and all the details have been looked after properly.
Typically, a New Build inspection occurs in 3 phases: First, after the foundation is poured and before back filling. Second, just before the walls are closed in with drywall. This allows the inspector to check structural components, wiring, plumbing, HVAC and general construction techniques before these things are buried in the walls. A final inspection after the home is completed makes sure that the home is well built.
Over the years I worked as a home renovator, I gained a reputation for good quality work. I know what it takes to do the job correctly. I would be happy to talk with you about any repair or renovation plans you have for your property. I can also supply you with a quote on providing a thorough, professional and unbiased Repair or Renovation Inspection. Contact Mitch today.
You've had your dream home built, or you've moved into a newly built home. The builder is required by legislation to offer the following minimum warranty:
All new homes (detached homes and condominiums) would at minimum, include a warranty for:
Some builders choose to enhance your protection by taking part in the Alberta New Home Warranty Program.
Having a licensed, professional Home Inspector conduct an unbiased New Home Warranty Inspection can give you the documentation you need to approach the builder when asking them to repair any deficiencies. Just like in a standard Home Inspection, all of the major systems in the home will be examined, deficiencies noted, and a comprehensive written report will be provided to you.
A professional Home Inspector has the experience and training necessary to know when small issues may grow into larger ones. Buildings are very complicated systems. Even though the building was inspected when it was built, that does not mean that nothing has changed, or that something was not missed in the previous inspection. Having a New Home Warranty Inspection is the best way to ensure that you identify issues that need to be addressed by your builder before your warrantee expires.
If any phase of your New Home Warranty is coming due, I would be happy to talk with you about performing an inspection on your property. I can also supply you with a quote. Contact Mitch today.
A Thermal Imager, or Infrared camera is a valuable inspection tool. It creates images based on surface temperature differences. It is not x-ray vision! What the image shows is based on surface temperature only. That being said, surface temperatures can reflect what is going on underneath the surface. For instance, studs in a wall can show up, because typically they transmit heat through a wall more easily than insulation. What you see as an image of a stud in the picture is that difference in heat transfer rate telegraphing through the covering material. Often you can see nails and screws for the same reason. Metal transmits heat differently than wood, and that shows up as a different temperature on the surface.
As the images below illustrate, infrared thermography can show many things not visible to the naked eye. There are many areas where thermal imaging can be valuable. Some of these include:
Thermal Imaging can help to identify missing or incorrectly installed insulation. Identifying these areas can assist in tracking down potential areas of heat loss, and enable you to correct the issue, leading to savings in heating and cooling costs. See example of missing wall insulation in infrared thermography (PDF).
Given the right conditions, damp areas will show up on thermal images because of a difference in temperature between the dry and wet material. This can be helpful in identifying leaks in roofs, or around windows, in foundations, or in plumbing systems. See example of water intrusion in a basement in infrared thermography (PDF).
Infrared Thermography captures temperature differences in real time. This means that air leaks in weather seals and heating and cooling ducts can be seen on the camera. Sealing these leaks up can result in energy savings and a more comfortable, draft free property. See examples of a leaky fireplace and draft source in infrared thermography (PDFs).
Thermal imaging can be used to locate in-floor heating pipes and cables. This can allow drilling or fastening into floors with in floor heating, while minimizing the risk of damage to the system. Thermal imaging can also be used to locate leaks in heating pipes, or broken cables, simplifying maintenance and repairs. See example of in-floor heating in infrared themography (PDF).
Wire heats up when electricity flows through it. Infrared imaging can help you to see that heat and help to identify overloaded circuits and breakers. It can also be used to identify poor connections in wiring systems, as these connections tend to heat up due to resistance in electrical flow. See example of an electrical panel in infrared thermography (PDF).
Thermal imaging can help to identify potential issues such as failing bearings, slipping belts, and other friction caused sources of heating in equipment. Overheating motors can be detected as well, and these issues can be cared for before they cause equipment breakdown.
Thermal imaging can be used to identify leaks in flat roof systems. Water can travel a long distance before it makes its way into a building to become a visible leak. A the right time of day, thermal imaging can be used to track the leak back to its source, reducing the cost of repairs.
Thermal imaging can be used to identify many things hidden in buildings. As long as there is a temperature difference, or one can be created using the differing heat carrying capacities of dissimilar material, it is possible that you may be able to see it with an Infrared camera. See examples of a plumbing stack and a hot tub in infrared thermography (PDFs).
Sewer lines are one of the most hidden and potentially expensive repair items in a building. Unseen issues such as root intrusion, cracked or collapsed pipe, dips or misaligned joints can cause the sewer line to not perform as designed. This can lead to expensive sewer backups and other issues.
Replacing a sewer line can be expensive and intrusive, especially when done in an emergency situation.
Running a camera down a building's sewer line is the best possible way to check the condition of the line. The issues mentioned above are very clear when viewed through the camera, and measurement markings in the recording are helpful in pinpointing trouble areas. If necessary the camera head can be specifically located in the ground to effectively mark out where a specific issue is.
Waldon Works Ltd. has saved clients thousands of dollars by identifying problem sewer lines before there has been a serious issue. Changes in use can change how well a sewer line can handle flow. A slow draining line can hold quite a bit of water. This might be fine if there is only a single person in the house, but if a family of five moves in there may be sewer backups.
Waldon Works Ltd. has identified issues such as root clogged drains:
(Note the impression of the camera at the bottom of the clog. The operator could only push into this clog about 2". This is a serious issue.)
This is an image of a penetration of the clay sewer tile. The homeowner hadn't noticed any issues, but this line is in serious need of repair:
Of particular concern is a type of sewer pipe installed in the 1940's and '50's. Known as Orangeburg or No-Corrode, this pipe had a real advantage over the previously installed clay pipe: Field sealable joints.
Clay pipe comes in section of various lengths. The joints in these pipe have a tendency to break down over time. They can become misaligned, or roots, always looking for water, can find their way into this nutrient rich source of water and clog the drain line up, as we can see in the images above.
No-Corrode had the advantage that it's joist were water tight sealable in the field. This is because it was made with tar impregnated wood fiber. Paper tape coated with tar in the field created joints that made the pipe monolithic: Basically one solid piece that didn't leak or become misaligned. This was great and solved a very serious issue.
Over time, however, it has created an issue of its own. It was designed for about a 50 year life span. Standing water, hotter water going down the line and mechanical damage caused by cleaning equipment has taken its toll on these lines. Most are in poor condition. The following video shows a typical sewer line with No-Corrode pipe:
The video begins at the 72' mark, which is where the city tie in is at this particular property. A small amount of root intrusion was noted here, and as the camera was pulled back. The line at this part is clay tile, in good condition. At about the 64' mark, the line changes to No-Corrode. (black) At the 62' mark the pipe is noticeably oval in shape. A bump in the bottom of the pipe (potentially a tree root) captures some material behind it. Again at about the 45' mark the pipe is very oval, and there is a bump in the bottom and side.
At the 45' mark, the pipe changes to cast iron. This portion is most likely under the basement slab. This portion of the line is not draining very well, and there are varying amounts of held water, especially at about the 29 to 22 foot marks.
Between about 20' and 17' some chunks of rusty metal can be seen in the bottom of the line. These are chunks of the cast iron pipe that have fallen off the pipe. The operator had to push through a fair sized pile of rusted metal that had collected in one spot and was blocking flow.
This sewer line definitely needs to be cleaned. Lining the cast iron would help water flow. Replacement of the No-Corrode pipe is advisable, as it is nearing the end of its life span.
Cleaning up after a sewer backup and replacement of a sewer line can be very costly. Knowing the condition of the sewer line in the building can be very valuable knowledge.
Call Waldon Works Ltd. now to book your property inspection with a sewer line camera inspection as well. Or you can just book a sewer line inspection on its own. Either way Waldon Works Ltd. can help to put your mind at ease.