Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What inspection services does Wateree Property Inspections offer?
A. Wateree Property Inspections offers a full range of services to meet your needs. Residential Home inspections, Pre-listing inspections, New Construction(2-phase: pre-drywall and final) inspections, Pre-drywall inspections, 11th month Builder Warranty inspections, Manufactured Homes, Rental Move-In/Move-Out inspections. We also offer Add-on services for Pool/Spa inspection, Outbuildings, Sewer/Septic Main Line Videoscoping, Water Quality Testing, Asbestos Testing, Mold Swab/Indoor Air Quality(IAQ) Testing, Lead-Based Paint Test kit, and Aerial Drone Photography.

Q. What cities does Wateree Property Inspections service?
A. Wateree Property Inspections provides professional inspection services throughout the majority of South Carolina, just ask.

Q. Does Wateree Property Inspections provide Manufactured Home inspections?
A. Yes, Wateree Property Inspections does inspect Manufactured Homes. If you will be obtaining FHA financing, you will also need to obtain a separate foundation certification from an architect or engineering firm. Most inspection companies cannot certify manufactured home foundations for FHA financing. HUD/FHA requires architect or engineer licensing to certify foundations.

Q. I need an electrical inspection for a newly installed Manufactured Home to establish electric service, what do I do?
A. You will need to contact the local County Building Permit office to arrange for the electrical inspection. You are required to have obtained a building Permit from the County for the electric meter base to be installed/upgraded. Your electric utility provider will require the County inspector to sign off on the Building Permit to verify the meter base installation was completed properly prior to the new service hookup. Each County Permit office may have additional requirements in order to finalize setting up your manufactured home, be sure to check with your local County Permit office. Any required County Permit inspection is separate from and limited in scope, compared to a full Manufactured Home Inspection.

Q. Why is having a Sewer or Septic main drain line videoscope inspection important?
A. There are a number of reasons to have the main drain lines examined. First, identify hidden issues that may be present, such as tree roots, pipe cracks or collapses, clogs, or sewer line deterioration. Identifying these issues now can save you from potentially expensive repairs down the line. Second, costly repairs and negotiations with the seller can be made to address any issues before you purchase the home. Third, set a current baseline of the condition of the sewer system so any future issues can be compared to the baseline. By understanding the condition of the sewer lines before purchasing a property, you can plan and budget for any necessary repairs or maintenance in the future. Periodic inspections are recommended for homeowners, at least every five years, or if you detect any issues such as poor or slow drainage, foul smells from the drains, which may indicate a main line issue.

Q. What is Lead-Based paint?
A. Lead-Based paint contains lead as an additive to increase durability, color consistency. But, when paint deteriorates over time, it can release lead particles in air, creating health hazard, especially for young children, pregnant women.

Q. How do I schedule a Lead-Based paint inspection?
A. You can contact a certified Lead-Based paint inspector in South Carolina to schedule an inspection. They will conduct a thorough assessment of your property to identify any lead hazards and provide you with a report of their findings. We can provide you with a self-test Lead kit, for minimal fee, that you can sample and submit to a professional lab for analysis for a minimal lab fee.

Q. Why do I need a Lead-Based paint inspection?
A. As a property owner, if your building predates 1978, it probably has Lead-Based paint. Ensure tenant safety by inspecting for lead hazards. Failure to do so can result in fines and legal liabilities.

Q. What happens if lead hazards are found during the inspection?
A. If lead hazards are detected during inspection, take action to address them, such as removing or covering lead paint. This may involve implementing other mitigation measures. Your Inspector can provide SC lead safety regulation compliance resources.

Q. How often should Lead-Based paint inspections be conducted?
A. Inspect high-risk properties for Lead-Based paint every 2 years for properties with high-risk populations, like rental units or child occupied facilities. Frequent inspections in deterioration or other changes that could increase the risk of lead exposure.

Q. What is asbestos?
A. Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral with heat-resistant properties, was previously used in building materials. Deterioration of asbestos-containing materials can release microscopic fibers into the air, causing lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Q. Why do I need an asbestos inspection?
A. If building or was constructed before 1980, it may contain asbestos-containing materials. Inspect your property for asbestos hazards to ensure tenant safety. Failure to do so can result in fines and legal liabilities.

Q. What happens if asbestos-containing materials are found during the inspection?
A. If asbestos-containing materials are detected during inspection, take action to address them, like removing or encapsulating. Your Inspector can provide EPA asbestos safety regulation compliance resources.

Q. What is mold?
A. Mold is a type of fungus that grows in moist and warm conditions. It can grow on various surfaces, including walls, ceilings, carpets, organic materials. Mold cause health problems, for people with allergies or respiratory conditions.

Q. Why do I need a mold inspection?
A. Mold inspection is necessary if you suspect mold growth or water damage. Mold can spread fast and cause health issues and structural damage if not addressed. Inspection helps identify the source and develop a solution.

Q. How do I schedule a mold inspection?
A. You can call us at 803-680-4974 or click on the Schedule Now button and request a mold inspection. We will conduct a thorough assessment of your property to identify any visible mold growth and provide you with a report of our findings. In cases where there is visible or suspected mold growth, we may recommend sampling using various collection techniques (air sample, tape lift, swab, bulk sample) and submitting the collected samples to a certified labortory for analysis.

Q. What happens if mold is found during the inspection?
A. If mold is suspected during the inspection, your inspector may recommend obtaining sampling and submission to a qualified labortory for analysis to identify the type of mold. Not all mold is toxic, but many species are, and even non-toxic molds can have health impacts for persons with sensitivity. It is impossible to verify the type of mold by sight.

Q. How often should mold inspections be conducted?
A. To ensure safety, request a mold inspection in any case where there has been a water leak or damage to the structure has occurred. Mold can begin forming in as little as 48 hours if not remediated immediately. If the occupants are high-risk, like children, elderly or those with respiratory issues, more frequent inspections may be needed.

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