Seacliff Home Inspections

Phone: 519-322-1510 / 866-559-1160
8 AM - 9 PM

Why choose Seacliff Home Inspections

Because I don't want you to buy a money pit!

As an independent home inspector, I work for you, the home buyer, to save your money and protect your interests. I do not market to real-estate agents (though many good agents recommend my services). The decision to buy a home is not an easy one. As one of the most important investments of your lifetime, it is reasonable to be a little nervous. We are here to help you with your decision. Our comprehensive inspections are designed to answer your questions in detail and go well beyond the typical home inspection checklist. I honestly inspect every home as if I was buying it myself. Serving Windsor and greater area including Essex, Leamington, Kingsville, Chatham-Kent.

What People Are Saying

I was happy that I got my house inspected from Seacliff Home Inspections. He knows his stuff and was very thorough in his job. As a first time home buyer, I felt confident after getting my house inspected. Howard not only found issues in the house but also gave tips on the way to keep the house in good shape. . . At the end, he sent a very professional report highlighting issues, and provided web links to further understand issues found during the home inspection. I would definitely recommend Howard to anyone who is looking for a good home inspector.
- Naginder Gogna | Windsor, Ontario 5

Inspections

At Seacliff Inspections, we pride ourselves in providing the very best home inspection service in Windsor, Ontario and surrounding area. The property buying process doesn't need to be stressful and complicated. Choosing a qualified, honest, and experienced home inspector can give you the knowledge and confidence you need to make sound real estate purchasing decisions.

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HomeSmart+

This set of ten exclusive services from Seacliff Inspections is designed to enhance the standard home inspection and protect the home buyer even after you move in. These services go above and beyond the standards of a typical home inspection, and are more likely to uncover and protect you against issues that are not readily visible in the home at the time of the inspection.

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Save money and time by booking your next Windsor area home inspection quickly and easily using our online form. Save up to $35 by scheduling online now and using the promo code 'save'. No credit card required to book your inspection online. And for your convenience, pay by cash, check or credit card only when the inspection is complete. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Windsor Home Inspections

A Complete Home Inspection from Seacliff Inspections provides a thorough visual evaluation of the home's components and systems. We will examine the entire property from the roof to the basement (or crawlspace if there is one). Besides looking at the integrity and proper operation of the house systems and components, we also look for SAFETY and HEALTH issues, including a visual inspection for mold. Both the attic and basement are checked for evidence of active or past leaks. At the inspection, you will receive a verbal briefing on the condition of the home, and a detailed home inspection report, including digital photos, will be delivered electronically within 24 hours.

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Service You Can Count On

At Seacliff Inspections, we take the time to do the job right. Commitment to service excellence goes further than technical expertise. From our first contact, throughout the home inspection, and for as long as you own the home, we are here to answer your questions whenever you need advice, at no additional cost. Schedule your Windsor home inspection in the morning, afternoon or early evening; 7 days a week. There is no extra fee for evenings or weekends. Best choice amongst Windsor home inspectors. Happily helping satisfied, home owners like yourself make better buying decisions since 2007.

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Homeowner Tip Of The Day

Tree Swings

A tree swing (or a rope swing or tire swing) is composed of a single rope or chain attached to a high tree branch, along with a seat, which is typically a wooden plank or tire. For many homeowners, tree swings represent fond childhood memories, but this type of DIY play equipment is too often poorly constructed.

To prevent accidents, homeowners can learn about what goes into a properly installed tree swing, and how to inspect them for potential hazards. A sturdy tree is a must for a safe tree swing, but this consideration may be overlooked on properties that lack a variety of healthy trees from which to choose. Also, homeowners should remember that while trees appear stationary, they are actually alive and constantly, albeit slowly, growing and changing shape. As such, branches will "absorb" hanger brackets, and overhead branches will become brittle, gradually transforming what was once a properly installed tree swing into one that is no longer safe to use.

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Thermal Imaging

Thermal Imaging Seacliff Inspections is able to offer clients the ability to see "more then what the naked eye can see". Thermal imaging cameras, also known as infrared cameras, are able to detect very small differences in temperature. This gives us the ability to "see" behind drywall, above ceilings and the framing around windows and doors. We are able to then take a picture of the area in question and highlight the various defects not normally visible to the naked eye. Move your cursor over the picture to the right to see how the room normally looks.

"They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but if your home inspector is not using a thermal imaging camera in addition to a digital camera, you are not seeing the whole picture."

Seacliff Inspections uses a "Flir Systems" infrared thermal imaging camera for our HomeSmart+ inspections. By detecting minute differences in the surface temperature of building components, infrared technology helps to pinpoint specific areas of concern for further analysis. Infrared imaging can be used to further identifying "concealed" problem areas that might otherwise go unnoticed around the house such as:

  • Thermal heat loss in buildings (missing or damaged insulation)
  • Leaks from plumbing pipes and fixtures
  • Roof and ceiling leaks
  • Ineffective weather stripping on doors and windows
  • Electrical component issues (overheated wiring or circuit breakers)
  • Improperly installed or defective in-floor heating
  • Pest infestations (termite tubes, ants, rats, mice or other pests)
  • Hidden water intrusion / infiltration damage that can lead to mold
  • And many other areas of concern

Clearly, the value of using thermal imaging technology during an inspection is invaluable.

Mold Check

Molds are microscopic fungi. Molds come from the same family that includes mushrooms and yeasts. Molds grow and reproduce quickly. Some molds can be useful - penicillin comes from one type of mold, and other types of mold are used in the manufacture of foods and beverages.

Molds can also be destructive, causing significant damage to many materials, such as paper, cardboard and fabrics.

Mold can affect your health and your family's health. Health experts say that molds can cause allergic reactions, such as sneezing and watery eyes. More serious illnesses can occur depending on the type of mold, the amount and degree of exposure and the health condition of a home's occupants.

Seacliff Inspections performs a visual mold examination of the property with every home inspection.

Testing For Mold
Health Canada and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both advise that if you see mold, you should clean it up. Not all mold problems are readily visible. What if you suspect you have a mold problem but can't see any mold? The recommended first step when you know or suspect you have a mold problem is to have a trained investigator check your house or office for mold and water intrusion issues.

Be very careful of remediation companies offering free mold inspections. These companies are in the business of mold clean-up and only get paid if they have mold to clean, so they may find mold where there isn't a problem. You should always have an independent mold inspection done by someone that does not offer remediation services to be sure you really have a mold problem. The inspector will advise the best course of action for cleaning up the mold, if there is any. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may be able to clean it up yourself.

How To Clean-Up A Mold Problem
For a small amount of mold, you can generally clean up the problem yourself with soap and water, and wearing personal protective equipment (mask, safety goggles and rubber gloves). You should not use bleach as it cannot be relied upon for disinfection in all situations, and the fumes can be harmful.

Washable surfaces can be scrubbed with a mild detergent solution, then wiped with a clean, wet rag and dried quickly. Moldy drywall can be cleaned with a damp rag and a bit of baking soda or detergent, making sure that the drywall does not get too wet. Wipe clean and dry quickly.

You may be able to clean up moderate amounts of mold yourself if you follow the proper procedures and use proper protective equipment. A "moderate amount" refers to 3 or more patches of mold, each smaller than one square meter, or one or more isolated patches larger than one square meter but smaller than 3 square meters (about the size of a 4 x 8 foot sheet of plywood). You will need to isolate the area to be cleaned with plastic sheeting, taped to walls and ceiling. Cover doors leading to other rooms with plastic as well. Infants and other people with sensitivities and/or suffering from asthma, allergies or other health problems should not be in the immediate work area or adjacent room during clean-up. An exhaust fan installed in a window in the room being cleaned helps prevent contamination of other areas of the house.

Seek professional remediation if there is a lot of mold or if mold comes back after cleaning. This is usually an indication that a source of moisture has not been removed.

After The Clean-Up
It is advisable to have a clearance test done after any clean-up to ensure the mold has been removed successfully. This involves taking more air samples from the cleaned areas and outside. A clean area should not have any more mold spores than that detected outdoors.

Radon In Your Home

radon periodic table Radon is a colourless, tasteless and odourless gas that can seep undetected into your home and emit ionizing radiation which can cause lung cancer. Protect your family by testing your home for radon.

What Is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. It is produced naturally by the breakdown of uranium in the soil, rock and water. As a gas, radon can move freely through the soil enabling it to escape to the atmosphere or seep into buildings. Since radon can't be seen, smelled, or tasted, it can get into your home undetected.

In outdoor air, radon is diluted to such low concentrations that it is not a concern. But in confined spaces like your house, radon can build up to high levels and pose a health risk. Radon levels are generally highest in basements and crawl spaces because these areas are nearest to the source and are usually poorly ventilated.

Possible entry points into your home include:

  • cracks in foundation walls and floor slabs
  • construction joints
  • cracks in foundation walls
  • gaps in suspended floors or around service pipes
  • support posts
  • window casements
  • floor drains
  • sumps or cavities inside walls
  • dirt floors
  • the water supply

how radon enters your home

The amount of radon in your home depends on:

  • the amount of uranium in the ground
  • the number of entry points into your home
  • how well your home is ventilated

Do you know?
It is estimated that a non-smoker exposed to high levels of radon over a lifetime has a one in 20 chance of developing lung cancer. That estimate increases to one in three for a smoker exposed to high levels of radon over a lifetime.
Health Risks Of Radon
Radon exposure increases your risk of developing lung cancer. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. The only known health effect of radon is an increased chance of developing lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. As radon decays, it produces decay by-products, sometimes called "radon daughters" or "radon progeny". Radon gas and radon progeny in the air can be breathed into the lungs where they breakdown further and emit "alpha particles", which are absorbed by nearby lung tissue and damaging lung cells. Damaged lung cells have the potential to result in cancer when they reproduce.

Not everyone exposed to radon develops cancer. The time between exposure and the onset of the disease usually takes many, many years. Unlike smoking, occasional exposure to radon does not produce any symptoms, such as coughing or headaches. Your risk of developing lung cancer from radon depends on the concentration of radon in the air you breathe and the length of time you are exposed. If you are a smoker also exposed to elevated levels of radon, your risk of lung cancer increases significantly.

Testing For Radon
Almost every home in Canada has some level of radon. But the levels vary from one house to another, even if they are next door to each other. The only way to know if you have a radon problem in your home is to have it tested. The test is simple, inexpensive, and can be ordered online.

Radon levels may vary daily, weekly, or even seasonally, depending on the climate, indoor ventilation and heating systems used. The best time to measure radon levels in your home is during the colder seasons (e.g., October to April) when windows and doors are kept closed and indoor radon levels are generally at their highest. Best results are obtained when testing for a minimum of three months. For real-estate transactions, often a short-term test is conducted over 2 to 4 days under closed house conditions.

Reducing Radon Levels In Your Home
If the radon level in your home is above the Canadian guideline of 200 becquerels/metre, you need to reduce it. The higher the radon level in your home, the sooner it needs to be reduced. If your home tests above the guideline you should hire a certified radon professional to determine the best and most cost effective way to reduce the radon level in your home. Health Canada recommends that no mitigation decision be made without a long term test.

One of the commonly-used radon solutions is known as sub-slab depressurization. This method requires a pipe to be installed through the foundation floor to the outside. A small fan is attached, which draws the radon from under the house and pushes it outside, before it can enter your home. This solution can reduce the radon level in a home by more than 90%.

Increased ventilation and sealing of radon entry points can also help reduce radon levels, but these solutions alone may not be as effective as sub-slab depressurization.

For more information on radon, visit www.healthcanada.gc.ca/radon.