Before you get your Building and Pest Inspection, it is important to know the areas that are not inspected in a building and pest inspection. Our qualified building and pest inspectors have extensive experience in the building industry and are very knowledgeable about building, structure, building hazards and identifying maintenance issues. They are also experienced pest controllers specialising in termite inspections and management. Specialists in other fields that you might want to also get advice on for your new home purchase could include plumbers, electricians, swimming pool technicians, air conditioning technicians, smoke alarm technicians.
By knowing what we do not inspect beforehand, this will allow you to make the necessary arrangements with other inspectors, electricians and tradespeople so every aspect of your home can be examined.
1) Electrical wiring
Inspectors at Dedant Building and Pest Inspectors are not electricians.
As such, we are not qualified to assess the safety or condition of your electric wiring, switches, power points or any appliances around the home. We only check if the electricity is connected.
If you are concerned about fire and safety standards of the electrical work within your home, we can refer you to a qualified electrician if you contact us.
At Dedant we turn taps on to examine leakage, we can either attract or be a sign of termites.
However, inspectors at Dedant are not plumbers, so we do not examine plumbing conditions generally.
We do not look at water pressure, whether the hot water system works, pipe connections, whether toilets are prone to clog, whether your shower floods etc.
For a comprehensive look at your plumbing, a qualified plumber will be able to advise you.
During our inspections, we do not look at gas, nor fireplaces or chimneys. Anyone who installs, inspects or alters any part of a gas system must have a gas inspection certificate.
Gas is generally found in water heating, ovens, stoves and other appliances. However, as it is both flammable and toxic, gas comes with an inherent risk.
The risk of a gas leak, fire or explosion is too great to ignore. If you are concerned about gas appliances within your home, we can refer you to relevant experts.
Furthermore, Dedant does not conduct pool inspections. As part of our reports, we recommend that any client with a pool contact a pool expert.
This expert will examine the pool shell, equipment and fencing. A pool safety inspection might also need to be conducted.
It is important to get regular pool safety inspections, as pools can be dangerous if proper safety standard are not met, particularly for people 5 or under.
5) Risk of natural disasters
Dedant will not provide any commentary on the risk of flooding, earthquake, hurricanes, mudslide or any other natural disaster that impact the structural integrity of the property.
6) Restricted areas
Our inspectors first consideration is always their health and safety. Thus, they will not go to or inspect any area that is not safe or reasonable to access.
For example, a floor with broken glass or nails sticking out is an unsafe area, an area with loose or broken asbestos or a roof void with foil insulation.
Likewise, inspectors cannot conduct an invasive inspection of your property. This means they cannot look inside walls, behind cupboards, inside eaves or by lifting floorboards etc.
Similarly, we cannot move furniture, remove screw bolts or cut holes in anything.