Downey Inspections offers a variety of home and commercial property inspections services. These include:
Downey Inspections conducts home and condominium inspections for the buyer to determine if the prospective home is safe and to point out any defects in need of repair. Downey Inspections also does pre-sale inspections for prospective or active sellers to provide buyers with a home that is certified move-in ready.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property and its systems, from the foundation to the roof. A home inspection is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) Standards of Practice that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.
It may include other structures on the property, and can be combined with testing for radon, and wood destroying organisms (termites, etc.) After the inspection process, Downey Inspections will send the client an inspection report that covers the inspection, complete with pictures, analysis and recommendations.
Much like a home inspection, commercial inspections can be done for the buyer or seller and are done to ensure the property is fit for sale or lease for its intended use. Commercial inspections can be quite involved with multiple systems and may require the inspector to hire consultants (electricians, plumbers, etc.) to advise on the state of these complex systems. Because of that, commercial inspections are priced based on the job, not necessarily on a standard rate.
Downey Inspections uses approved testing equipment and procedures when conducting radon tests to provide an accurate report regarding the radon levels in your home.
What is Radon?
Radon is an odorless and invisible radioactive gas released when some naturally occurring radioactive materials break down in rocks, soil and water and can build up to dangerous levels inside homes or buildings. Over time, these radioactive particles increase the risk of lung cancer. It may take years before health problems appear. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. The chances of getting lung cancer are higher if your home has elevated radon levels and you smoke or burn fuels that increase indoor particles.
What Can I Do About Radon?
The most important step to take regarding radon is testing your home. It is recommended test for radon during the home purchase process. Downey Inspections uses approved testing equipment and procedures to provide an accurate report regarding the radon levels in your home. With that in hand, informed decisions can be made on potential mitigation procedures.
Termites and other WDO Inspections
Wood is a biological material. If protected from moisture and insect attack, it can last for centuries. When wood is not properly protected, however, it will succumb to biological processes that decompose wood: insects that eat the wood or fungi that cause rot and decay. These processes are included in a group of Wood Destroying Organisms (WDO) that Downey Inspections is trained to detect.
The most damaging insects that attack structural wood are termites. Their activity results in damage and control costs that exceed $1.5 billion per year nationally. Beetles are the next important group of insects that attack wood, while bees, wasps and ants are third in importance, depending on geographical location. Wood-inhabiting fungi are another group of organisms that occasionally cause problems.
Downey Inspections can inspect your home for WDO and provide a report on any infestations located. This inspection can be done along with a home inspection and radon testing or as a standalone service.
Downey Inspections is trained and certified by International Association of Certified Home Inspectors to conduct WDO inspections.
Downey Inspections is located in Norfolk, Nebraska and services the general northeast Nebraska area. Call or email us for more information or simply tell your realtor you wish to use Downey Inspections.