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Old 11-21-2010, 08:39 AM
 
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I am looking to buy a single-family dwelling with a septic. Now that my contract has been ratified, I am looking to get a septic inspection.

1) My ratified contract does not specify a septic inspection. Would a general inspection include a septic inspection?

2) Although I have no reason to believe that the septic is problematic, I have visited other homes with septic issues and want to avoid any potential complication. Where can I find a septic inspection specialist?

3) The basement has severe mold, indicative of water damage. Are the mold and water inspection specialists?

4) What types of certifications or designations should I look for in an inspector? In the Northern Virginia region, are there trading associations that provide referrals for specialty inspectors?
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:23 AM
 
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We used Enview Inspections Inspector Certified IAQ|Mold Inspection|Testing|Virginia Maryland DC (Jason Blumenberg was our point of contact) last year about this time. After our home purchase we found a mold issue in one of our downstairs closets. They might also do Septic inspections. Check the website.

We were very happy with the level of attentiveness to our needs and the recommendations for remediation. The nice thing is that he didn't try and charge us for tests that we didn't need. He was also very clued into our needs having small children in the house. I'd highly recommend them.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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Oh, I do believe a general inspection does include a septic inspection, at least ours did BUT they didn't find the mold issue so I won't recommend them!
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Sterling, VA
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Paragraph 7 of the Virginia Jurisdictional Addendum to the sales contract addresses septic systems. You may use a private company licensed to perform a septic or well inspection at either the buyer's or seller's expense. The contract specifies who will pay for this. The inspection must be done by either a private company licensed to do this or or someone from the county. If you have agreed to pay for this, call the county government in which the property is located.

There are many home inspection companies that can do the home inspection and make recommendations about mold remediation. Make sure the inspector is ASHI certified, I am not going to recommend one because you are not my client.

Your real estate agent should be able to help you with this and any other questions you may have about contract or inspection issues.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:48 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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Paragraph 7 of the Virginia Jurisdictional Addendum to the sales contract addresses septic systems. You may use a private company licensed to perform a septic or well inspection at either the buyer's or seller's expense. The contract specifies who will pay for this. The inspection must be done by either a private company licensed to do this or or someone from the county. If you have agreed to pay for this, call the county government in which the property is located.

There are many home inspection companies that can do the home inspection and make recommendations about mold remediation. Make sure the inspector is ASHI certified, I am not going to recommend one because you are not my client.

Your real estate agent should be able to help you with this and any other questions you may have about contract or inspection issues.
Very good advice but why ASHI certified?
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