Insulation and Ventilation System
The insulation of the house envelope is important for energy savings. The better the insulation of the property, the less are the expenses for its heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.
The insulation inspection includes the observation and description of the insulation materials and vapour barriers seen in unfinished spaces such as the attic, walls, ceiling and floors. Our home inspector will determine the type and amount of insulation present. Upon inspection of the attic, we will get inside the attic and check for the type and amount of insulation present, presence of a vapour barrier, proper attic ventilation, clearance of insulating materials and other combustible materials around chimneys that are visible and accessible (if present). Since most houses are fully finished, there is no possibility to determine the type of insulation used in the walls, ceiling and floors. However, if possible, our home inspector can remove the light switch cover or outlet cover to determine the type of wall insulation.
During the inspection of the ventilation system, we will verify the static and mechanical ventilation of the house (air exchanger), if installed. Our home inspector will check for its condition and functionality. During the home inspection, the kitchen, bathroom, dryer and laundry room ventilation systems will also be inspected. For all of the ventilation systems mentioned above, we will make sure that the appropriate exhaust fans leads to the outside of the house as they should be. As an example, we often find bathroom exhaust vents interrupted in the attic, resulting in the accumulation of all humid air from the bathroom, causing the progressive rotting of the roof structure.
All of the insulation and ventilation systems observations made will be described in detail in the inspection report. If any defects are found, their severity and implications will be provided and further recommendations regarding the timeframe needed for their repair will also be included.