Housing - Home Inspections

Home inspections are a great way to get a detailed look beyond the home’s basics. The inspector will look at the mechanicals, foundation, roof, electrical, insulation and more – giving a detailed report on the condition and findings as of the date of the inspection. This will help you as you enter into the purchase of your new home or just peace of mind of an already occupied home.

What are the services offered for home inspection?

  • The inspection includes the following major systems
  • Exterior and Roofing
  • Structural Components
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Interiors
  • Insulation and Ventilation
  • Basements/Crawl spaces 

Asbestos Testing - If you suspect that asbestos is present in your home or building, you will need to have professional testing performed in order to confirm such suspicions.

Lead Testing -If you live an older home and the paint on your house is chipped, we encourage lead testing.  Lead dust is as dangerous as lead paint chips.  Often it is lead dust overtime that can be toxic to children.

Radon Testing- Maine has high levels of radon occurring naturally. You can not see radon nor can you smell or taste it. Only by testing your home or water will you know if you are at risk due to high levels of radon.

In addition to Home Inspections, Housing Services also offers Home Energy Audits.  Homeowners can request a single test or service, or full energy audit. A single test is best if you have a specific problem or issue.

Ventilation and Air Flow - A blower door test measures the building tightness and shows how much air infiltrates into a building and helps pinpoint the location.

Infrared Thermal -Thermal imaging can locate insulation deficiencies in walls and other inaccessible locations, heat leaking into an attic or wall, or even locate where radiant piping is located in a concrete floor.

Combustion Gas Leak Detection -Using an analyzer, Penquis can pinpoint gas leaks.

Prices vary depending on the testing required. For more information and pricing call  1-800-215-4942.

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