Residential Building & Home Inspections and Assessments
Inspection Services for Home Owners, Buyers, Sellers, Landlords and Property Management Groups Commercial buildings
are large and complex, and require special skills and knowledge from an inspector. Choosing Pacific Northwest Inspections
Group will provide a service by an inspector with specialized training,experience and the testing equipment required
to fulfill due diligence, and to enhance your position in negotiations. Property condition assessments are offered
on school building, churches, daycare, office buildings, industrial buildings, apartment buildings, warehouses
and retail centers of any size.
Roof Certifications for Lenders
PNWIG is an Insured building consulting company specializing in roof certifications and roof inspection.
We limit our practice to certification and warranties to eliminate the conflict of intrest associated with companies
who will offer repairs which may not be necessary.
Commercial Building Inspections and Assessments
Inspection Services for Investors and Business Owners Commercial buildings are large and complex, and require special
skills and knowledge from an inspector. Choosing Pacific Northwest Inspections Group will provide a service by
an inspector with specialized training,experience and the testing equipment required to fulfill due diligence,
and to enhance your position in negotiations. Property condition assessments are offered on school building, churches,
daycare, office buildings, industrial buildings, apartment buildings, warehouses and retail centers of any size.
Indoor Environmental Specialist
Musty Odor ? Plumbing or Roof Leaks? Allergies or Undiagnosed Illness? Chronic sinus infections, asthma or breathing
problems, skin ailments and even depression and memory loss have all been associated with air quality or electro-smog
issues in the home. Mold, VOCs or Methane Gas issues? A thorough assessment and inspection with air sampling will
identify problem areas and assist your Contractor, Landlord or Health Care Practitioner in the development of a
treatment plan and solutions. Often the remediation is simple and can be handled by the building owner.
Residential and Commercial building Energy Audits
PNWIG energy audits are designed to pinpoint sources of high energy consumption along with health and comfort concerns
such as air leaks, insufficient insulation, moisture problems, defective ducts, gas leaks, ventilation and inefficient
lighting and appliances. We offer thermal imaging, blower door and duct testing services.
Mold and VOC Air Sampling
The primary purpose of the professional services provided by PNWIG is to assist the consumer in the determination of
any possible health risk or hazard that may be present. PNWIG mold inspectors will provide guidance in determining
what action should be taken to solve a mold problem and to help prevent mold re-occurrence. PNWIG mold inspectors
are qualified in sampling, protocols and methodologies including VOC sampling, sample preparation for mold testing,
and the interpretation of analytical lab data for mold, VOC and environmental testing results. PNWIG provides interior
and exterior evaluations for mold remediation consulting purposes to assist consumers in the appropriate actions
needed to solve fungal contamination situations along with job clearance testing services.
AHERA Certified Asbestos Inspectors
If you have suspect materials in your home that you believe may contain asbestos, turn to PNWIG's asbestos testing
for peace of mind. Asbestos has been used for years in building materials, paper products, plastics, and other
products. Exposure mainly occurs in indoor air where it may be released from these materials. Effects on the lung
are a major health concern from asbestos, as chronic [long-term] exposure to asbestos in humans via inhalation
can result in lung disease. Asbestosis is characterized by shortness of breath and cough and may lead to severe
impairment of respiratory function. Cancer is also a major concern from asbestos exposure, as inhalation exposure
can cause lung cancer
and mesothelioma, and possibly gastrointestinal cancers in humans. We offer testing for Residential and Commercial
property owners, Demolition and remodeling contractors.
XRF Lead Paint Testing
The reliability of home lead tests has come into question in recent years. In 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC) tested 300 different home kits and found that more than half of them produced false negatives, or not accurately
detecting the presence of lead. According to the study, if a lead-tainted object was covered with a non-lead based
coating, the kits couldn't successfully identify the metal [source: CPSC]. Also, the time required for the swab
to change colors ranged from a few minutes to a few hours, which could confuse some users. Consequently, the commission
recommended that consumers rely on professional in-home lead testing services. On a more positive note, the commission
found a 92 percent success rate with X-ray fluorescence (XRF) screenings of lead-tainted surfaces [source: CPSC].
XRF evaluates the electron activity of elements in test areas in the presence of radiation. The radiation will
ionize atoms by causing them to release low-energy electrons, which are then replaced in their orbital by higher-energy
electrons [source: Wirth and Barth]. Depending on the wavelength, the energy emitted from the ionization process, the scanner can detect
the element, such as lead, that it came from. However, XRF technology isn't generally available to the public,
and it's used primarily by The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agrees with the CPSC's findings. It advises
people to consider professional testing when moving into houses built before 1978. Professional services will examine
all of the painted surfaces in a house to determine whether and where any lead-based paint is present [source:
EPA]. Beyond that, it's the responsibility of the home owner to decide the optimal method for removing it.
Granite Radiation Testing
Most radon exposure occurs due to radon that seeps into our homes through the foundation. Studies have shown that granite
counter-tops can emit radon and radiation, but this is usually at very low levels that are well below the level
occurring in most homes, and well below the limit recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In
some cases, however, the radon emitted from granite countertops has been significant.
LEED Green Building Testing
LEED Indoor Air Quality, Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), is one aspect to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED). There are various elements under LEED in which indoor air quality is addressed. Points are awarded
under LEED for various aspects of Green Building Design and Operations. Need LEED air Testing? Call Us.
Sewer Scopes / Camera Inspections
1st off we are an Independent Inspection company, which means we provide only existing condition reports and have no
conflict of interest for repair services. We simply tell you how it is... and what you can't see can cost you thousands.
Sewer scopes allow us to properly identify the problem and pinpoints the damaged sewer lines exact locations. Before
you buy any home shouldn't you know? A sewer pipe inspection gives our clients the peace of mind to know that their
pipes are clean or, if there are problems, prepares them with knowledge and options to proactively address the
situation. Our inspection are compete with video inspection report and onsite ground marking location
services. So Call us for a complete sewer pipe video inspection assessment.
EMF Onsite Testing
EMF testing can include a variety of alternating or direct current magnetic or electric fields. The most common sources
for high electromagnetic fields include flaws in the internal building electrical wiring system, proximity to power-lines,
transformers or appliances and stray currents on utility power-lines. We measure the various EMF field ranges with
professional emf testing equipment and assess what type of and how much EMF radiation is present. Our reporting
software then generates a complete report based on buildings EMF testing levels.
Residential and Commercial EIFS Siding Inspections
PNWIG is a building envelope inspection company specializing in the inspection of stucco and EIFS (Exterior Insulating
Finish System) cladding. We provide residential, commercial and third party inspections as well as consulting services
to homeowners, building owners and contractors. We strive to be the most comprehensive building envelope inspection
company in the State of Washington.
Homeowners Home Maintenance Program
Your Key Benefits Of Joining Our Maintenance Inspection Program Discover issues in development, prior to incurring
damage. You will be aware in advance of approaching cost items so that proper budgeting can be done. Provides you
a historical documentation of the home's condition and repairs. This is a valuable tool when eventually selling
the home. Online Annual Home Condition Report access Preventive Maintenance Checklist Download Section Advanced
Warning System Member Service Discounts
New Construction Specialty Inspections
Three kinds of new construction inspections - Phase inspections: Phase inspections are conducted during the construction
process, and may be contracted with either the builder or homebuyer. They coincide with four or five defined stages
of the building process: 1) underground and foundation prior to concrete pour; 2) rough framing, electrical, plumbing
and HVAC; 3)insulation (which is optional); 4) building wrap prior to concrete pour; and 5) a final inspection
including the roof.