What We Inspect

The OnGuard 199-Point Inspection is designed to catch the issues that would otherwise linger until they require costly repairs. The time to discover these issues is early on, not when you’re trying to sell your home.

How do our OnGuard Authorized Dealers catch these issues? They are specially trained by the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI) in the proprietary OnGuard 199-Point Inspection. The process is so thorough that the inspectors’ work will be backed by the OnGuard Guarantee up to $100,000.

What does the OnGuard 199-Point Inspection cover?

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Crawlspaces and Basements

Crawlspaces and basement attract moisture like crazy.

Basement walls may be below grade and can get seepage from the outside. Walls may look completely solid, but they can be porous. Some materials are more porous than others. Moisture control inspections require checking the basement walls for seepage from the land outside.

Basements and crawlspaces also face condensation issues. The cooler air in basements and crawlspaces cannot hold as much moisture as the hotter air outside. When the hot air meets the cool air in your basement or crawlspace, the moisture in the warmer air has to go somewhere. Where does it go? It condenses. Then you’ve got a moisture problem that could lead to mold growth.

Crawlspaces are vulnerable to other moisture issues. Leaky pipes often go unnoticed until far too late in crawlspaces. And insulation that’s improperly installed can separate from the floorboards, leaving space for moisture to develop. Even certain types of insulation can cause problems. If your builder used “open cell” spray foam as insulation, those open cells absorb moisture.

OnGuard Authorized Dealers have the know-how and tools to find unseen issues in your basements and crawlspaces.

Attics

Attics can cause water nightmares for homeowners. The temperature in an attic is much higher than the rest of the home, leading to hot, humid air leaking into the cooler living spaces to condense into moisture.

These problems can be caused by several common attic problems. The first is ventilation. Attics aren’t a living space, so they usually aren’t conditioned like the rest of the home. They require ventilation fans to keep them from turning into ovens. Often, if your vent fans aren’t up to the task, you won’t know until there is a huge problem.

Attics also use lots of insulation and air sealing on the floors. If these aren’t done correctly, the attic gets hotter than it should, and more condensation occurs.

The OnGuard Authorized Dealer checks the condition of your attic’s insulation, vent fans and sealing to make sure that condensation won’t cause damage before next year’s inspection.

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Attics

Attics can cause water nightmares for homeowners. The temperature in an attic is much higher than the rest of the home, leading to hot, humid air leaking into the cooler living spaces to condense into moisture.

These problems can be caused by several common attic problems. The first is ventilation. Attics aren’t a living space, so they usually aren’t conditioned like the rest of the home. They require ventilation fans to keep them from turning into ovens. Often, if your vent fans aren’t up to the task, you won’t know until there is a huge problem.

Attics also use lots of insulation and air sealing on the floors. If these aren’t done correctly, the attic gets hotter than it should, and more condensation occurs.

The OnGuard Authorized Dealer checks the condition of your attic’s insulation, vent fans and sealing to make sure that condensation won’t cause damage before next year’s inspection.

Exteriors

The exterior of your home should protect from outside moisture. But unfortunately, poor workmanship, wrong materials, disasters or just inevitable degradation over time can leave you vulnerable to water getting in from the outside through your exteriors.

An OnGuard Authorized Dealer will test your exterior surfaces for porosity (how much water they absorb) or visible cracks that may allow for leaks. If your exteriors are absorbing more water than they should or allow moisture to leak inside your property, you may be at risk for mold growth inside your home.

The OnGuard 199-Point Inspection also includes a look at the roof. Flat roofs can be vectors for leaks. Roofs also get damaged by heavy winds and rain, and lost shingles mean points where rain leaks into your house.

A problem people don’t usually consider is the landscaping of the home. If your yard isn’t properly graded so that water flows away from the house, you’re likely to get a wet basement or crawlspace at least. Even if the grading work was great, years of, say, planting gardens near the walls, could compromise that design. It needs to be checked every year.

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Exteriors

The exterior of your home should protect from outside moisture. But unfortunately, poor workmanship, wrong materials, disasters or just inevitable degradation over time can leave you vulnerable to water getting in from the outside through your exteriors.

An OnGuard Authorized Dealer will test your exterior surfaces for porosity (how much water they absorb) or visible cracks that may allow for leaks. If your exteriors are absorbing more water than they should or allow moisture to leak inside your property, you may be at risk for mold growth inside your home.

The OnGuard 199-Point Inspection also includes a look at the roof. Flat roofs can be vectors for leaks. Roofs also get damaged by heavy winds and rain, and lost shingles mean points where rain leaks into your house.

A problem people don’t usually consider is the landscaping of the home. If your yard isn’t properly graded so that water flows away from the house, you’re likely to get a wet basement or crawlspace at least. Even if the grading work was great, years of, say, planting gardens near the walls, could compromise that design. It needs to be checked every year.

Living Spaces

The most important part of the OnGuard 199-Point Inspection is the living spaces, because living spaces that aren’t protected can leave you at risk. OnGuard Authorized Dealers check every floor of your home.

A lot of living space inspection means visual inspection of places that aren’t often seen. The water supply lines in kitchens and bathrooms can leak for a long time without the homeowner seeing the water. The OnGuard Authorized Dealer will also check for staining and musty smells that could indicate mold growth.

After the visual inspections, our inspectors use tools to check humidity readings around the house. This makes sure the air conditioning system is keeping the home free of moisture like it should.

The 199-Point Inspection also includes checks around ceilings. If you have high ceilings with an attic, the heat from the attic can make your rooms two different temperatures: hot near the ceiling and cool near the floor. The temperature differential can create condensation inside you room. It can rain indoors!

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Living Spaces

The most important part of the OnGuard 199-Point Inspection is the living spaces, because living spaces that aren’t protected can leave you at risk. OnGuard Authorized Dealers check every floor of your home.

A lot of living space inspection means visual inspection of places that aren’t often seen. The water supply lines in kitchens and bathrooms can leak for a long time without the homeowner seeing the water. The OnGuard Authorized Dealer will also check for staining and musty smells that could indicate mold growth.

After the visual inspections, our inspectors use tools to check humidity readings around the house. This makes sure the air conditioning system is keeping the home free of moisture like it should.

The 199-Point Inspection also includes checks around ceilings. If you have high ceilings with an attic, the heat from the attic can make your rooms two different temperatures: hot near the ceiling and cool near the floor. The temperature differential can create condensation inside you room. It can rain indoors!

Mechanicals

The last major part of the OnGuard 199-Point Inspection is the mechanicals check. This means your A/C, hot water heater, and plumbing systems.

The A/C is sometimes installed in the attic. Over time, A/C systems can develop leaks that can lead to moisture issues inside and outside your attic. Losing conditioned air in your hot attic can lead to higher electric bills and mold growth fed by condensation. A hot attic also means condensation risks throughout the home. A/C systems also have condensate drains that need to flow outdoors and remain clear of debris. The catch pan of your A/C system is a fail-safe that tips off inspectors; if it has water or is rusty, there is a possible problem with A/C system drainage.

Water heater pipes are prone to corrosion over long periods of time. Corroded pipes can lead to leaks that go unnoticed in the utility closets or basements where homeowners don’t often go.

Plumbing systems in older homes often use lower quality materials. Those pipes must be checked yearly to make sure they haven’t sprung leaks or show signs of corrosion that may lead to leaks.

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Mechanicals

The last major part of the OnGuard 199-Point Inspection is the mechanicals check. This means your A/C, hot water heater, and plumbing systems.

The A/C is sometimes installed in the attic. Over time, A/C systems can develop leaks that can lead to moisture issues inside and outside your attic. Losing conditioned air in your hot attic can lead to higher electric bills and mold growth fed by condensation. A hot attic also means condensation risks throughout the home. A/C systems also have condensate drains that need to flow outdoors and remain clear of debris. The catch pan of your A/C system is a fail-safe that tips off inspectors; if it has water or is rusty, there is a possible problem with A/C system drainage.

Water heater pipes are prone to corrosion over long periods of time. Corroded pipes can lead to leaks that go unnoticed in the utility closets or basements where homeowners don’t often go.

Plumbing systems in older homes often use lower quality materials. Those pipes must be checked yearly to make sure they haven’t sprung leaks or show signs of corrosion that may lead to leaks.

Get the OnGuard 199-Point Inspection

To get a top-of-the-line moisture inspection yearly, backed by a $100,000 guarantee, contact us today!

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Get the OnGuard 199-Point Inspection

To get a top-of-the-line moisture inspection yearly, backed by a $100,000 guarantee, contact us today!

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