Radon Testing Monmouth County NJ

Radon Testing: It’s Someone Else’s Problem, Not Mine. Right?

My name is Frank J. Delle Donne, and I am a NJ Licensed Home Inspector.  I am the owner and Senior Inspector at Regal Home Inspections, LLC.  I have been a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for over 20 years and was a member of the Colts Neck, NJ Board of Health and was Chairman of that Board for 2008 and 2009.    During my studies to become a Home Inspector and earning my NJ Certification to be a Radon Measurement Technician I learned a great deal about Radon and felt compelled to share that information in a manner that is easy to understand and increases awareness.  Every home in New Jersey should be tested for Radon on a regular basis.

 The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been leading the effort to make citizens aware of radon and closer to home, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJ-DEP) has been following suit.  Please read our earlier post for general information about radon.   This piece is intended to point out that a radon problem may be closer to home than you think.

Radon: The Basics

A few points that I’d like to repeat from the earlier article is that radon is everywhere and it is naturally occurring.  It is a radioactive gas which means that it transforms spontaneously and in that transformation it releases tiny bursts of energy.  When radon is inhaled in your home (living levels, bedrooms or basement) it is these tiny bursts of energy, occurring inside your lungs, that cause harm.

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas.  Radon IS NOT flammable, toxic or noxious.  It is, however, radioactive and it occurs naturally.  This article will look at the radon potential, as identified by the NJ-DEP, in various parts of the Garden State.   As you can see from the map, NJ is divided into 3 classifications of radon potential; Low (Blue), Moderate (Green) and High (Red).  Let’s look closer.

 What Areas of NJ are of Concern and What Types of structures?

New Jersey Administrative Code N.J.A.C. 5:23-10 (2013), among other things, specifies the construction codes, as they relate to radon mitigation in “E” and “R” Use Groups.  “E” stands for educational and “R” is for some Residential.  The International Building Code (New Jersey Edition) identifies educational as a building that houses 6 or more people for educational purposes through grade 12.  Section 305.1 identifies K-12 and Section 305.2 refers to younger facilities (Pre-K and day care) that may have five or more children 2&1/2 years of age or older.  The same source identifies five different residential types, R-1 through R-5.  These include basically any and all residence structures from single family homes to apartments, dormitories, convents and more.

N.J.A.C. also identifies two other very important aspects (among many other good things).  First, Sub Section 5:23-10.4 states the specific construction techniques that must be followed for E and R construction in Tier 1 areas.  Tier 1 are the High Radon Potential areas shown in red in the previous map.  Before I go to that discussion, let’s finish the discussion on the construction.  Among other important elements, for example, the N.J.A.C. states that, “Basement slabs with interior foundation pipe drains installed shall have a solid, three-inch minimum diameter vent pipe installed in conjunction with this drainage system and be connected to an independent vent stack pipe terminating at an approved location on the exterior of the building.”

This accommodation is to allow for the future installation of a vent fan in order to actively draw air from below the basement slab and out of the house before the sub slab gasses have a chance to seep into the house.  These are referred to sub-soil depressurization systems.

Therefore, new construction in these Tier 1 areas should have the basics for a radon mitigation system installed right from the start.  So then, where are these Tier 1 areas?

NJ Counties and Towns that are Deemed to be Tier 1

As you can see from the map  above the Tier 1 areas are nearly in every part of the state.  From northern Sussex County to southern Cumberland County, high radon readings are possible in many areas.  One thing you might notice is the sandy soils of the areas along the shore and the Pine Barrens are the lowest areas.  As written about in other articles, these sandy soil areas don’t have a lot of the bedrock with uranium as some of the other areas.  Northern Jersey has granite and shale that are ripe for the presence of Uranium 238 which is at the beginning of the radioactive decay process that results in Radon-222.  The N.J.A.C. specifically mentions counties and towns that are Tier 1 areas so if you can’t quite figure out if you live in a red area or a green one, this list should help.

The following is an excerpt from the aforementioned code.

Summary

If you live in one of these areas you live in an area of High Radon Potential.  You should get your home checked regularly.  Even if you have a radon mitigation system it wouldn’t hurt to check annually.  If you do not have a radon mitigation system you should check quarterly for a period of time.  Radon levels can change season to season and month to month.  It would be a good idea to have a baseline of seasonal levels.  If you have young children and you haven’t checked your home for radon it is something that you should do immediately.  When you are dealing with the health of you and your family, the cost to install a mitigation system is reasonable.  It’s a lot less costly compared to dealing with the illnesses that can occur from extended and continued exposure to radon.

Testing is easy and relatively inexpensive.  If you take advantage of Regal Home Inspections’ 2014 special you can save $50 and have a test performed for $100 (regular price is $150).

Conclusion

Radon is a serious health issue but it can be minimized. You need to test now and then every 6 months.  Likely, it cannot be 100%eliminated.  It’s naturally occurring and exists in nature.  It’s not man-made nor can we stop it from existing.  We can, however, minimize its pathways into our homes and help ensure a healthy and safe environment.  It is better to know than to hope.

Please call today to schedule your  radon test for your family.  Discounted prices are valid for tests started by March 31, 2014.  Please mention, “Radon Discount” when you call.  Also, if you need radon consultation, Regal Home Inspections, LLC can help guide you through the testing and mitigation process.  Regal Home Inspections, LLC does not mitigate so we are not motivated to find elevated readings so we can clean them up.  We inspect homes and we are licensed as a Radon Measurement Technician – MET13186.

I would appreciate your comments about this article.  Please email your comments to frank07722@gmail.com.

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Gallery of Homes – 2019.

Here is a partial list, in photographic format, of the homes inspected in 2019. The list is in reverse chronological order – most recent inspections at the top of the list.

Inspected 9/29/19. Manalapan
Inspected 9/26/19. Colts Neck.
Inspected September 11. Morganville.
Inspected September 9. Holmdel
Inspected 9/3/19. Howell

 

Inspected 8/27/19. Brick

 

Inspected 8/20/19. Chadwick Beach, Lavallette

Inspected August 16. Holmdel

Waterfront property on the Navesink. Inspected 8/12.
Inspcted August 9. Morganville, Marlboro Township.
Inspected August 5. Hazlet.
Inspected July 27. Hazlet.
Inspected July 23. Middletown.
Inspected July 16. Brielle.
Inspected July 8. Ocean Township.
Inspected July 4. Old Bridge.
Inspected July 2. Eatontown.
Inspected June 28. Howell Township.
Inspected June 20. Middletown.
Inspected June 14. Manalapan.
Inspected June 7, 2019. West Long Branch
Inspected May 28. Ocean Township.
Inspected May 21. Manalapan.
Inspected May 13. Red Bank.
Inspected May 8. Middletown.
Inspected May 4. Manalapan.
Inspected April 27. South River.
Inspected April 20. Short Hills, NJ.
Inspected April 4. Bay side. Sea Bright.
Inspected April 2. East Brunswick.
Inspected March24. Short Hills.
Inspected March 18. Middletown.
Inspected March 9. Little Silver.
Inspected March 2. Jackson.
Inspected March 1. Oakhurst.
Inspected Sunday, February 24. Tinton Falls.
Inspected Sunday, February 17. Holmdel
Inspected February 15. Bayville
Inspected February 6. Shrewsbury
Inspected January 19. Holmdel
Inspected January 13. Monmouth Beach.
Inspected January 7. Colts Neck
Regal Home Inspection Is Infrared Certified!

Thermal Imaging Certified

Frank J. Delle Donne, owner and inspector at Regal Home Inspections, LLC has become certified by InterNACHI, the largest home inspector association, as a thermal imager. This requires taking and passing classes in Building Science and Thermal Imaging. This service will be rolled out this year as an ancillary service for home inspection clients or clients needing the specific analysis of thermal imaging.

What is thermal imaging? Thermal imaging is the use of specialized cameras that can look at the thermal (Heat and cool) properties of objects. A thermal imaging camera compares the thermal signatures of building surfaces comparing hot (or warmer) areas to cold (or cooler) areas. Then, using the training, a skilled thermographer can interpret the images that may identify moisture or poor insulation for example. In the photos below some examples show how the thermal imaging can identify or confirm electrical issues as well. Not all thermal imaging efforts are to identify issues. As shown below, thermal imaging can be used to confirm the operation of radiant heating in a ceiling or floor. The radiant heat is very subtle and not able to be distinguished with a laser thermometer, for example. But, as shown below, a thermal image can confirm the proper operation of a radiant heat system.

The thermal imaging service will be offered to home inspection clients at a steeply discounted rate or offered as a singular service for home or building owners. For more information call Frank at 908 902 2590.

This photo shows the heat of a light against the background of the cooler ceiling. Building anomalies such as moisture, poor insulation and electrical issues can be photographed in the infrared spectrum to identify issues that are not apparent to the naked eye.

 

There was a small stain on the kitchen ceiling, approximately 6 inches wide. The thermal image shows (the dark area in the photo) an area approximately 3 feet wide that’s wet from a bathroom leak above the kitchen ceiling.
Visually, an overheating wire can be seen.

 

The thermal image confirms that the circuit breaker and wire are warmer than the surrounding breakers and wires.

 

The thermal image camera can detect the heating coils for a radiant heat system. The coils can’t be seen with the naked eye but are in sharp focus with thermal imaging. This image is of the heating coils in the ceiling.
These two photos (above and below this caption) are of the radiant heating coils in the floor of a bathroom.

Rain Water Management – Part 3

Minimizing and Managing Potential Basement Water Problems

Rain Water Management – Part 3

By Frank J. Delle Donne, Licensed Home Inspector

May 29, 2018

Introduction

In September, 2014 I was inspired to write Part 1 because of what I had observed in my inspections and a call that I received from a client. In December, 2014 I wrote Part 2 because on October 18, 2014 and November 8, 2014 I performed two inspections that I was reminded of prior to writing Part 2.

This past, Memorial Day weekend, if you were in central New Jersey you know how hard it rained on Sunday, May 27. The link below confirms that in the town where I live, over 4 inches of rain fell.

https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=PHI&product=PNS&format=ci&version=1&glossary=1

Based on the amount of water in a couple of buckets I had in my yard, I think the 4+ official inches in this link is low. Regardless, let’s use the official number and do the math.  Why am I now writing this?  Because over the past couple of days I received a text and a call from home inspection clients saying that they had water in the basement after this weekend’s rains. The lessons and recommendations in the previous parts of this series of articles remains the same. Keep rain water away from your house; Maintain your gutters and downspouts. Have downspout extensions as far from the house as possible. Make sure the soil and pavements slope away from the house. I also recommend maintaining any sump pumps and have battery back up for the sump pumps too.

How much water is in 4.72 inches of rain?  For this example we’ll assume a 40 foot by 60 foot house. That’s 2400 square feet of surface area. After the math is done, just coming off the roof is over 7000 gallons of water! If we add in a five foot apron around the house, that’s another 2943 gallons making the total amount of water from this one day’s rain was over 10,000 gallons deposited close to the house.

The consequences of epic rainfalls like this can’t be determined during the course of a 2 – 3 hour home inspection.

Keep your gutters clean and maintain your gutters and downspouts.

Make sure the soil and pavement are sloped away from the house.

Maintain your sump pump systems.

 

 

 

Gallery of Homes Inspected – 2017

The following is a photographic list of some of the homes inspected by Regal Home Inspections, LLC in 2017.  My apologies but I’ve been so busy I haven’t been able to keep up. Here are a few fall additions to the ones already posted.
Inspected December. Holmdel.
Inspected November. Middletown.
Inspected October. Old Bridge.
Inspected in September. Freehold.
Inspected in June. Located in Tinton Falls.
Inspected in April. Located in Holmdel.
Inspected in April. Located in Franklin Park.
Inspected in August. Located in Colts Neck.
Inspected in July. Located in Colonia.
Inspected 6/1/17. Fair Haven.
Inspected 5/24/17. Shrewsbury.
Inspected 5/22/17. Brick.
Inspected 5/20/17. Middletown.
Inspected 5/11/17. Colts Neck.
Inspected 5/7/17. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/4/17. Jackson.
Inspected 5/1/17. Monroe.
Inspected 4/27/17. Colts Neck.
Inspected 4/23/17. Farmingdale.
Inspected 4/21/17. Fair Haven.
Inspected 4/20/17. Colts Neck.
Inspected 4/4/17. Bloomfield.
Inspected 4/1/17. Monroe.
Inspected 4/1/17. Holmdel.
Inspected 3/23/17. Harbor Club, Old Bridge.
Inspected 3/23/17. Manchester.
Inspected 3/22/17. Colts Neck.
Inspected 3/22/17. New Egypt, NJ.
Inspected 3/21/17. Jackson.
Inspected 3/21/17. Manalapan.
Inspected 3/20/17. Toms River.
Inspected 3/20/17. Middletown.
Inspected 3/14/17. Old Bridge.
Inspected 3/14/17. Middletown.
Inspected 3/17/17. Morganville.
Inspected 3/15/17. 4 family house. Asbury Park.
Inspected 3/13/17. Laurence Harbor.
Inspected 3/13/17. Fair Haven.
Inspected 3/12/17. New Providence, NJ.
Inspected 3/11/17. Toms River.
Inspected 3/11/17. Jackson.
Inspected 3/10/17. Belmar.
Inspected 3/10/17. Manalapan.
Inspected 3/9/17. Toms River.
Inspected 3/9/17. Morganville.
Inspected 3/8/17. Brick.
Inspected 3/6/17. Holmdel.
Inspected 3/6/17. Old Bridge.
Inspected 3/5/17. 8000 square feet. Colts Neck.
Inspected 3/4/17. Howell.
Inspected 3/2/17. Built 1964. Morganville.
Inspected 3/1/17. Built 1979. Oakhurst.
Inspected 3/1/17. Built 1953. Neptune.
Inspected 2/27/17. Built circa 1955. Long Branch.
Inspected 2/25/17. Built 1965. Eatontown.
Inspected 2/21/17. Built 1965. Manalapan.
Inspected 2/20/17. Built 1957. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 2/20/17. Condominium. Built 1982. Seaside Heights.
Inspected 2/18/17. Built 2006. Manalapan.
Inspected 2/18/17. Built 2002. Monroe Township.
Inspected 2/17/17. Built 1988. Toms River.
Inspected 2/16/17. Built 1966. Ocean.
Inspected 2/15/17. Built 1942. Monroe Township.
Inspected 2/13/17. Built 1972. Colts Neck.
Inspected 2/13/17. Built 1982. Aberdeen Township.
Inspected 2/12/17. Built 1956. Parlin, Old Bridge Township.
Inspected 2/11/17. Built 1978. Manchester.
Inspected 2/10/17. Built circa 1980. South Brunswick.
Inspected 2/10/17. Built 2008. Normandy Beach.
Inspected 2/9/17. Built 2000. Lakewood.
Inspected 2/6/17. Originally built 1916. Sewaren, Woodbridge Township.
Inspected 2/61/7. Built 1962. Colts Neck.
Inspected 2/5/17. Built circa 1975. Belle Mead.
Inspected 2/4/17. Built 1971. East Brunswick.
Inspected 2/4/17. Built 1958. East Brunswick.
Inspected 2/2/17. Built 1994. Manalapan.
Inspected 2/1/17. Built 1973. Belford.
Inspected 1/31/17. Built 1930. Edison.
Inspected 1/30/17. Built 1955. Belford.
Inspected 1/27/17. Condominium. Built 1980. Tinton Falls.
Inspecte 1/27/17. Built 1976. Union.
Inspected 1/26/17. Built 1953. River Plaza.
Inspected 1/25/17. Townhouse. Built circa 1990. Sayreville.
Inspected 1/25/17. Townhouse. Built 2007. Monroe.
Inspected 1/24/17. Built 1935. Keyport.
Inspected 1/23/17. Port Monmouth. Built 1943.
Inspected 1/22/17. Built 1993. Shrewsbury.
Inspected 1/22/17. Townhouse. New Brunswick. Built 1988.
Inspected 1/18/17. Matawan. Built 1995.
Inspected 1/18/17. Freehold. Built 1994.

 

Inspected 1/17/17. Neptune City. Built 1922.
Inspected 1/12/17. Townhouse. Built 1992. Morganville.
Inspected 1/11/17. Condominium. Freehold.
Second buyer inspection 1/9/17. Built circa 1975. Colts Neck.
Inspected 1/4/16. Built circa 1990. Modular home. Eatontown.
Inspected 1/4/17. Condominium. Ocean Grove.
Inspected 1/3/17. Built 2001. Freehold Borough.
Inspected 1/3/17. Built circa 1980. 2 family. Keyport.
Inspected 1/3/17. Built 1980. Manalapan.

 

 

 

Gallery of Homes Inspected – 2016

The following is a photographic list of the homes inspected by Regal Home Inspections, LLC in 2016.  They are listed in reverse chronological order.

Inspected 10/23/16. Built 2002. Colts Neck.
Inspected 10/23/16. Built 2002. Colts Neck.
Inspected 10/24/16. Built 2013. Keansburg.
Inspected 10/24/16. Built 2013. Keansburg.
Inspected 10/22/16. Built 1964. Old Bridge.
Inspected 10/22/16. Built 1964. Old Bridge.
Inspected 10/22/16. Built 1922. Orange, NJ.
Inspected 10/22/16. Built 1922. Orange, NJ.

Inspected 10/21/16. Built 2004. Holmdel.

Inspected 10/21/16. Built 2004. Holmdel.

Inspected 10/21/16. Built 1982. Howell.
Inspected 10/21/16. Built 1982. Howell.
Inspected 10/20/16. Built 1910. Leonardo.
Inspected 10/20/16. Built 1910. Leonardo.
Inspected 10/19/16. Built circa 1988. Jackson.
Inspected 10/19/16. Condominium. Built circa 1988. Jackson.
Inspected 10/15/16. Condominium. Built 2007. Asbury Park.
Inspected 10/15/16. Condominium. Built 2007. Asbury Park.
Inspected 10/13/16. Built 2006. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 10/13/16. Built 2006. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 10/12/16. Built 2005. Matawan.
Inspected 10/12/16. Built 2005. Matawan.
Inspected 10/11/16. Built 1962. Belmar.
Inspected 10/11/16. Built 1962. Belmar.
Inspected 10/10/16. Built 1929. Long Branch
Inspected 10/10/16. Built 1929. Long Branch
Inspected 10/8/16. Built 1962. Old Bridge.
Inspected 10/8/16. Built 1962. Old Bridge.
Inspected 10/7/16. Built 1958. Old Bridge.
Inspected 10/7/16. Built 1958. Old Bridge.
Inspected 10/6/16. Built 1998. Monroe Township.
Inspected 10/6/16. Built 1998. Monroe Township.
Inspected 10/5/16. Built 1993. Howell.
Inspected 10/6/16. Built 1993. Howell.
Inspected 10/5/16. Built 1933. Millstone.
Inspected 10/5/16. Built 1933. Millstone.
Inspected 10/3/16. Built 1967. Condo. Matawan.
Inspected 10/3/16. Built 1967. Condo. Matawan.
Inspected 10/3/16. Built 1925. Atlantic Highlands.
Inspected 10/3/16. Built 1925. Atlantic Highlands.
Inspected 10/1/16. Built 1987. Holmdel.
Inspected 10/1/16. Built 1987. Holmdel.
Inspected 9/30/16. Built 1950. Sayreville.
Inspected 9/30/16. Built 1950. Sayreville.
Inspected 9/29/16. Built 1959. Spotswood.
Inspected 9/29/16. Built 1959. Spotswood.
Inspected 9/29/16. Built 1962. Colts Neck.
Inspected 9/29/16. Built 1962. Colts Neck.
Inspected 9/27/16. Built 2004. Farmingdale.
Inspected 9/27/16. Built 2004. Farmingdale.
Inspected 9/26/16. Built 1957. Hazlet.
Inspected 9/26/16. Built 1957. Hazlet.
Inspected 9/23/16. Built circa 1900. Asbury Park. 3 apartments and a small commercial office.
Inspected 9/23/16. Built circa 1900. Asbury Park. 3 apartments and a small commercial office.
Inspected 9/21/16. Built 1989. Duplex. Manalapan.
Inspected 9/21/16. Built 1989. Duplex. Manalapan.
Inspected 9/22/16. Built 1957. Hazlet.
Inspected 9/22/16. Built 1957. Hazlet.
Inspected 9/21/16. Built 1983. Townhouse. Matawan.
Inspected 9/21/16. Built 1983. Townhouse. Matawan.
Inspected 9/21/16. Built 1968. Middletown.
Inspected 9/21/16. Built 1968. Middletown.
Inspected 9/20/16. Built 1980. Middletown.
Inspected 9/20/16. Built 1980. Middletown.
Inspected 9/19/16. Built 1956. Parlin.
Inspected 9/19/16. Built 1956. Parlin.
Inspected 9/16/16. Built 1984. Holmdel.
Inspected 9/16/16. Built 1984. Holmdel.
Inspected 9/16/16. Built 1972. Colts Neck.
Inspected 9/16/16. Built 1972. Colts Neck.
Inspected 9/14/16. Built 1966. Matawan.
Inspected 9/14/16. Built 1966. Matawan.
Inspected 9/14/16. Built circa 1900. Freehold Borough.
Inspected 9/14/16. Built circa 1900. Freehold Borough.
Inspected 9/13/16. Originally built 1949. Port Monmouth.
Inspected 9/13/16. Originally built 1949. Port Monmouth.
Inspected 9/13/16. Built 1963. Freehold Twp.
Inspected 9/13/16. Built 1963. Freehold Twp.
Inspected 9/12/16. Built 1960. Jackson.
Inspected 9/12/16. Built 1960. Jackson.
Inspected 9/12/16. Built 1930. Two family. Asbury Park.
Inspected 9/12/16. Built 1930. Two family. Asbury Park.
Inspected 9/10/16. Built 1963. Matawan.
Inspected 9/10/16. Built 1963. Matawan.
Inspected 9/9/16. Built 1980. Neptune.
Inspected 9/9/16. Built 1980. Neptune.
Inspected 9/9/16. Built 1977. Colts Neck.
Inspected 9/9/16. Built 1977. Colts Neck.
Inspected 9/8/16. Built 1992. Townhouse. Morganville/Marlboro.
Inspected 9/8/16. Built 1992. Townhouse. Morganville/Marlboro.
Inspected 9/7/16. Built 1900. Metuchen.
Inspected 9/7/16. Built 1900. Metuchen.
Inspected 9/4/16. Built 1958. Old Bridge.
Inspected 9/4/16. Built 1958. Old Bridge.
Inspected 9/2/16. Built 1954. Middletown.
Inspected 9/2/16. Built 1954. Middletown.
Inspected 9/1/16. Built 1981. Neptune.
Inspected 9/1/16. Built 1981. Neptune.
Inspected 9/1/16. Built 1920. Two family. Asbury Park.
Inspected 9/1/16. Built 1920. Two family. Asbury Park.
Inspected 8/31/16. Built 1987. Howell.
Inspected 8/31/16. Built 1987. Howell.
Inspected 8/31/16. Built 1973. Holmdel.
Inspected 8/31/16. Built 1973. Holmdel.
Inspected 8/30/16. Built 1983. Franklin Park, Somerset County.
Inspected 8/30/16. Built 1983. Franklin Park, Somerset County.
Inspected 8/29/16. Built 1964. Matawan.
Inspected 8/29/16. Built 1964. Matawan.
Inspected 8/28/16. Built 1986. Marlboro.
Inspected 8/28/16. Built 1986. Marlboro.
Inspected 8/27/16. Built 1999. Marlboro.
Inspected 8/27/16. Built 1999. Marlboro.
Inspected 8/26/16. Built 1963. Port Momouth.
Inspected 8/26/16. Built 1963. Port Momouth.
Inspected 8/26/16. Built 1982. Middletown.
Inspected 8/26/16. Built 1982. Middletown.
Inspected 8/25/16. Built 1959. Hazlet.
Inspected 8/25/16. Built 1959. Hazlet.
Inspected 8/24/16. Originally built 1940s. Significantly renovated 2007. Fair Haven.
Inspected 8/24/16. Originally built 1940s. Significantly renovated 2007. Fair Haven.
Inspected 8/24/16. Built 1969. Matawan.
Inspected 8/24/16. Built 1969. Matawan.
Inspected 8/23/16. Built 1990. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 8/23/16. Built 1990. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 8/20/16. Built 1972. Colts Neck.
Inspected 8/20/16. Built 1972. Colts Neck.
Inspected 8/19/16. Built 1959. Oceanport.
Inspected 8/19/16. Built 1959. Oceanport.
Inspected 8/18/16. Built 1961. Matawan.
Inspected 8/18/16. Built 1961. Matawan.
Inspected 8/18/16. Originally built 1915. Atlantic Highlands.
Inspected 8/18/16. Originally built 1915. Atlantic Highlands.
Inspected 8/17/16. Built 1979. Old Bridge.
Inspected 8/17/16. Built 1979. Old Bridge.
Inspected 8/16/16. Built circa 1800. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 8/16/16. Built circa 1800. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 8/15/16. Built 1979. Plainsboro.
Inspected 8/15/16. Built 1979. Plainsboro.
Inspected 8/12/16. Built 1930. Union Beach.
Inspected 8/12/16. Built 1930. Union Beach.
Inspected 8/12/16. Built 1961. Matawan.
Inspected 8/12/16. Built 1961. Matawan.
Inspected 8/11/16. Built 1978. Brick.
Inspected 8/11/16. Built 1978. Brick.
Inspected 8/11/16. Medical building. Brick. Built 2007.
Inspected 8/11/16. Medical building. Brick. Built 2007.
Inspected 8/10/16. Built 2002. Millstone.
Inspected 8/10/16. Built 2002. Millstone.
Inspected 8/9/16. Built 1988. Englishtown.
Inspected 8/9/16. Built 1988. Englishtown.
Inspected 8/8/16. Built 1940. Manalapan.
Inspected 8/8/16. Built 1940. Manalapan.
Inspected 8/5/16. Built 1978. Monroe.
Inspected 8/5/16. Built 1978. Monroe.
Inspected 8/3/16. Built 1946. Cranbury.
Inspected 8/3/16. Built 1946. Cranbury.
Inspected 8/3/16. Built 1982. Mantoloking Shores.
Inspected 8/3/16. Built 1982. Mantoloking Shores.
Inspected 8/2/16. Built 1963. Hazlet.
Inspected 8/2/16. Built 1963. Hazlet.
Inspected 8/2/16. Built 1992. Middletown.
Inspected 8/2/16. Built 1992. 5700 square feet. Middletown.
Inspected 8/1/16. Built 1978. Jackson.
Inspected 8/1/16. Built 1978. Jackson.
Inspected 8/1/16. Built 1991. Manalapan.
Inspected 8/1/16. Built 1991. Manalapan.
Inspected 7/30/16. Built 1999. Old Bridge.
Inspected 7/30/16. Built 1999. Old Bridge.
Inspected 7/29/16. Built 1985. Avenel.
Inspected 7/29/16. Built 1985. Avenel.
Inspected 7/29/16. Built 1948. Keyport.
Inspected 7/29/16. Built 1948. Keyport.
Inspected 7/28/16. Built 1994. Manalapan.
Inspected 7/28/16. Built 1994. Manalapan.
Inspected 7/27/16. Built 1960. Belford.
Inspected 7/27/16. Built 1960. Belford.
Inspected 7/26/16. Built 2002. Monroe.
Inspected 7/26/16. Built 2002. Monroe.

 

Inspected 7/25/16. Built 2003. Approximately 8500 square feet. Morganville.
Inspected 7/25/16. Built 2003. Approximately 8500 square feet. Morganville.
Inspected 7/23/16. Built 2006. Sea Bright.
Inspected 7/23/16. Built 2006. Sea Bright.
Inspected 7/22/16. Built 1969. Manalapan.
Inspected 7/22/16. Built 1969. Manalapan.
Inspected 7/20/16. Built 1997. Townhouse. Cliffwood.
Inspected 7/20/16. Built 1997. Townhouse. Cliffwood.
Inspected 7/19/16. New Construction. Union Beach.
Inspected 7/19/16. New Construction. Union Beach.
Inspected 7/19/16. Approximately 7000 square feet. Built 1995. Morganville.
Inspected 7/19/16. Approximately 7000 square feet. Built 1995. Morganville.
Inspected 7/18/16. Condo. Built circa 1985. Freehold.
Inspected 7/18/16. Condo. Built circa 1985. Freehold.
Inspected 7/18/16. Built 1976. Monroe.
Inspected 7/18/16. Built 1976. Monroe.
Inspected 7/18/16. Built 1993. Colts Neck.
Inspected 7/18/16. Built 1993. Colts Neck.
Inspected 7/16/16. Built 1954. South Amboy.
Inspected 7/16/16. Built 1954. South Amboy.
Inspected 7/16/16. Built 1957. Edison.
Inspected 7/16/16. Built 1957. Edison.
Inspected 7/15/16. Built 1994. Brick.
Inspected 7/15/16. Built 1994. Brick.
Inspected 7/14/16. Built 1966. Old Bridge.
Inspected 7/14/16. Built 1966. Old Bridge.
Inspected 7/14/16. Built 2001. Manchester.
Inspected 7/14/16. Built 2001. Manchester.
Inspected 7/13/16. Built 1955. Matawan.
Inspected 7/13/16. Built 1955. Matawan.
Inspected 7/13/16. Built 1953. Middletown.
Inspected 7/13/16. Built 1953. Middletown.
Inspected 7/12/16. Built 1963. Aberdeen.
Inspected 7/12/16. Built 1963. Aberdeen.
Inspected 7/9/16. Built 1956. Ocean Township.
Inspected 7/9/16. Built 1956. Ocean Township.
Inspected 7/8/16. Built 1926. Plainfield.
Inspected 7/8/16. Built 1926. Plainfield.
Inspected 7/7/16. Built 1956. Bayville, Ocean County.
Inspected 7/7/16. Built 1956. Bayville, Ocean County.
Inspected 7/5/16. Built 1903. Milltown.
Inspected 7/5/16. Built 1903. Milltown.
Inspected 7/4/16. Built 2000. Middletown.
Inspected 7/4/16. Built 2000. Middletown.
Inspected 6/30/16. Built 1987. Keansburg.
Inspected 6/30/16. Built 1987. Keansburg.
Inspected 6/29/16. Built 1991. Jackson.
Inspected 6/29/16. Built 1991. Jackson.
Inspected 6/28/16. Built 1955. Edison.
Inspected 6/28/16. Built 1955. Edison.
Inspected 6/28/16. Originally built 1940. Keyport.
Inspected 6/28/16. Originally built 1940. Keyport.
Inspected 6/27/16. Built 1908. Leonardo.
Inspected 6/27/16. Built 1908. Leonardo.
Inspected 6/25/16. Four buildings inspected including a 12,000+ square foot house. Built 2001.
Inspected 6/25/16. Four buildings inspected including a 12,000+ square foot house. Built 2001.
Inspected 6/24/16. Built 1999. Old Bridge.
Inspected 6/24/16. Built 1999. Old Bridge.
Inspected 6/23/16. Built 1968. Marlboro.
Inspected 6/23/16. Built 1968. Marlboro.
Inspected 6/23/16. Built 1950. Marlboro.
Inspected 6/23/16. Built 1950. Marlboro.
Inspected 6/22/16. Built 1973. Leonardo.
Inspected 6/22/16. Built 1973. Leonardo.
6/22/16. Condo. Built 1983. Tinton Falls.
6/22/16. Condo. Built 1983. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 6/20/16. Built 1966. Middletown.
Inspected 6/20/16. Built 1966. Middletown.
Inspected 6/20/16. Built 1959. Lincroft.
Inspected 6/20/16. Built 1959. Lincroft.
Inspected 6/18/16. Built 1961. Aberdeen.
Inspected 6/18/16. Built 1961. Aberdeen.
Inspected 6/17/16. Built 1850! Rahway.
Inspected 6/17/16. Built 1850! Rahway.
Inspected 6/16/16. Built 1962. Colts Neck.
Inspected 6/16/16. Built 1962. Colts Neck.
Inspected 6/16/16. Built 1983. Old Bridge.
Inspected 6/16/16. Built 1983. Old Bridge.
Inspected 6/15/16. Built 2012. Highland Park.
Inspected 6/15/16. Built 2012. Highland Park.
Inspected 6/15/16. Built 2000. Jackson.
Inspected 6/15/16. Built 2000. Jackson.
Inspected 6/14/16. Built 2003. Manalapan.
Inspected 6/14/16. Built 2003. Manalapan.
Inspected 6/13/16. Built1985. Old Bridge
Inspected 6/13/16. Built1985. Old Bridge
Inspected 6/10/16. Hamilton Township. Built 1956.
Inspected 6/10/16. Hamilton Township. Built 1956.
Inspected 6/10/16. Built 1991. Howell.
Inspected 6/10/16. Built 1991. Howell.
Inspected 6/9/16. Built 1999. Manalapan.
Inspected 6/9/16. Built 1999. Manalapan.
Inspected 6/9/16. Built 1990. Cream Ridge, Plumstead Township.
Inspected 6/9/16. Built 1990. Cream Ridge, Plumstead Township.
Inspected 6/9/16. Built 1983. Shrewsbury.
Inspected 6/9/16. Built 1983. Shrewsbury.
Inspected 6/8/16. Built 1958. Freehold.
Inspected 6/8/16. Built 1958. Freehold.
Inspected 6/8/16. Built 1955. Neptune.
Inspected 6/8/16. Built 1955. Neptune.
Inspected 6/8/16. Built 1970. Freehold.
Inspected 6/8/16. Built 1970. Freehold.
Inspected 6/7/16. Condominium. Built 1988. Franklin Park.
Inspected 6/7/16. Condominium. Built 1988. Franklin Park.
Inspected 6/4/16. Built 2011. Middletown.
Inspected 6/4/16. Built 2011. Middletown.
Inspected 6/3/16. Built 2006. West Long Branch.
Inspected 6/3/16. Built 2006. West Long Branch.
Inspected 6/2/16. Built 1966. Colts Neck.
Inspected 6/2/16. Built 1966. Colts Neck.
Inspected 6/1/16. Built 1954. Jamesburg.
Inspected 6/1/16. Built 1954. Jamesburg.
Inspected 6/1/16. Built 1920. Asbury Park.
Inspected 6/1/16. Built 1920. Asbury Park.
Inspected 5/31/16. Built 1961. Aberdeen.
Inspected 5/31/16. Built 1961. Aberdeen.
Inspected 5/28/16. Built circa 1960s. Condominium unit. Matawan.
Inspected 5/28/16. Built circa 1960s. Condominium unit. Matawan.
Inspected 5/27/16. Built 1955. Sayreville.
Inspected 5/27/16. Built 1955. Sayreville.
Inspected 5/27/16. Built 1988. Howell.
Inspected 5/27/16. Built 1988. Howell.
Inspected 5/26/16. Built 1988. Condominium. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 5/26/16. Built 1988. Condominium. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 5/26/16. Built 1999. Morganville.
Inspected 5/26/16. Built 1999. Morganville.
Inspected 5/26/16. Built 1968. Manalapan.
Inspected 5/26/16. Built 1968. Manalapan.
Inspected 5/25. Built 2003. Waretown.
Inspected 5/25. Built 2003. Waretown.
Inspected 5/24/16. Built 1979. Matawan.
Inspected 5/24/16. Built 1979. Matawan.
Inspected 5/24/16. Built 1943. Duplex. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/24/16. Built 1943. Duplex. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/23/16. Condominium. Freehold.
Inspected 5/23/16. Condominium. Freehold.
Inspected 5/23/16. Built circa 1960s. Aberdeen.
Inspected 5/23/16. Built circa 1960s. Aberdeen.
Inspected 5/21/16. Built 1972. East Brunswick.
Inspected 5/21/16. Built 1972. East Brunswick.
Inspected 5/20/16. Built 1950. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/20/16. Built 1950. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/20/16. Built 2010. Condominium. Wall.
Inspected 5/20/16. Built 2010. Condominium. Wall.
Inspected 5/19/16. Built 1965. Brick.
Inspected 5/19/16. Built 1965. Brick.
Inspected 5/18/16. Built 1946. Normandy Beach.
Inspected 5/18/16. Built 1946. Normandy Beach.
Inspected 5/17/16. Built 1990. North Middletown.
Inspected 5/17/16. Built 1990. North Middletown.
Inspected 5/16/16. Built 1963. Neptune.
Inspected 5/16/16. Built 1963. Neptune.
Inspected 5/15/16. Condominium. Hoboken. Building was built in 1901.
Inspected 5/15/16. Condominium. Hoboken. Building was built in 1901.
Inspected 5/14/16. Built 1958. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/14/16. Built 1958. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/13/16. Built 1956. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/13/16. Built 1956. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/13/16. Built 1992. Jackson.
Inspected 5/13/16. Built 1992. Jackson.
Inspected 5/12/16. Built 1982. Lincroft.
Inspected 5/12/16. Built 1982. Lincroft.
Inspected 5/11/16. Built 1906. Eatontown.
Inspected 5/11/16. Built 1906. Eatontown.
Inspected 5/9/16. Built 1967. Colts Neck.
Inspected 5/9/16. Built 1967. Colts Neck.
Inspected 5/9/16. Built 1945. Bridgewater.
Inspected 5/9/16. Built 1945. Bridgewater.
Inspected 5/7/16. Built 1942. Monroe.
Inspected 5/7/16. Built 1942. Monroe.
Inspected 5/7/16. Built 1999. Morganville.
Inspected 5/7/16. Built 1999. Morganville.
Inspected 5/4/16. Built 2007. Approximately 12,000 square feet. Franklin Twp.
Inspected 5/4/16. Built 2007. Approximately 12,000 square feet. Franklin Twp.
Inspected 5/3/16. Built 1978. Ocean Twp.
Inspected 5/3/16. Built 1978. Ocean Twp.
Inspected 5/3/16. Built 1986. Marlboro.
Inspected 5/3/16. Built 1986. Marlboro.
Inspected 5/2/16. Built 1992. Jackson.
Inspected 5/2/16. Built 1992. Jackson.
Inspection 5/2/16. Built 2006. Manalapan.
Inspection 5/2/16. Built 2006. Manalapan.
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Inspected 4/30/16. Built 1955. Belford.
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Inspected 4/30/16. Built 1958. Lincroft.
Inspected 4/28/16. Built 1930. South Amboy.
Inspected 4/28/16. Built 1930. South Amboy.
Inspected 4/27/16. Built1968. Marlboro
Inspected 4/27/16. Built1968. Marlboro
Inspected 4/25/16. Built 1975. Oceanport.
Inspected 4/26/16. Built 1975. Oceanport.
Inspected 4/25/16. Built 1994. Manalapan.
Inspected 4/25/16. Built 1994. Manalapan.
Inspected 4/24/16. Built 1958. Cliffwood Beach.
Inspected 4/24/16. Built 1958. Cliffwood Beach.
Inspected 4/23/16. Built 1991. Marlboro.
Inspected 4/23/16. Built 1991. Marlboro.
Inspected 4/23/16. Built 1996. Freehold.
Inspected 4/23/16. Built 1996. Freehold.
Inspected 4/22/16. Originally built 1938. Middletown.
Inspected 4/22/16. Originally built 1938. Middletown.
Inspected 4/21/16. Built 1950. Clark.
Inspected 4/21/16. Built 1950. Clark.
Inspected 4/20/16. Built 2006. South Amboy.
Inspected 4/20/16. Built 2006. South Amboy.
Inspected 4/19/16. Built 1967. Old Bridge.
Inspected 4/19/16. Built 1967. Old Bridge.
Inspected 4/19/16. Built 1999. Morganville.
Inspected 4/19/16. Built 1999. Morganville.
Inspected 4/18/16. Built circa 1920. Sayreville.
Inspected 4/18/16. Built circa 1920. Sayreville.
Inspected 4/16/16. Built 1956. Parlin.
Inspected 4/16/16. Built 1956. Parlin.
Inspected 4/16/16. Built 1999. Jackson.
Inspected 4/16/16. Built 1999. Jackson.
Inspected 4/15/16. Built 1958. Union Beach.
Inspected 4/15/16. Built 1958. Union Beach.
Inspected 4/14/16. Built 1900. Hightstown.
Inspected 4/14/16. Built 1900. Hightstown.
Inspected 4/13/16. Built 2004. Monroe Twp.
Inspected 4/13/16. Built 2004. Monroe Twp.
Inspected 4/12/16. Built 1963. Middletown.
Inspected 4/12/16. Built 1963. Middletown.
Inspected 4/11/16. Built 2004. Retirement community. Parlin.
Inspected 4/11/16. Built 2004. Retirement community. Parlin.
Inspected 4/11/16. Built 1986. Sayreville.
Inspected 4/11/16. Built 1986. Sayreville.
Inspected 4/9/16. Built 2013. Freehold.
Inspected 4/9/16. Built 2013. Freehold.
Inspected 4/9/16. Built 2008. Condominium. Eatontown.
Inspected 4/9/16. Built 2008. Condominium. Eatontown.
Inspected 4/7/16. Built 1969. Colts Neck.
Inspected 4/7/16. Built 1969. Colts Neck.
Inspected 4/7/16. Built 1968. Marlboro.
Inspected 4/7/16. Built 1968. Marlboro.
Inspected 4/6/16. Built 1920. Keyport. In need of TLC.
Inspected 4/6/16. Built 1920. Keyport. In need of TLC.
Inspected 4/6/16. Two family. Built 1960. South Amboy.
Inspected 4/6/16. Two family. Built 1960. South Amboy.
Inspected 4/6/16. Built 1945. Hampton, NJ.
Inspected 4/6/16. Built 1945. Hampton, NJ.
Inspected 4/5/16. Built 2007. Spring Lake.
Inspected 4/5/16. Built 2007. Spring Lake.
Inspected 4/4/16. Built 1991. Brick.
Inspected 4/4/16. Built 1991. Brick.

 

Inspected 3/29/16. Built 1954. Red Bank.
Inspected 3/29/16. Built 1954. Red Bank.
Inspected 3/28/16. Built 2010. 13,000 square feet. Ten bathrooms! Colonia.
Inspected 3/28/16. Built 2010. 13,000 square feet. Ten bathrooms! Colonia.
Inspected 3/26/16. Built 1901. South River.
Inspected 3/26/16. Built 1901. South River.
Inspected 3/26/16. Built 1950. New Providence.
Inspected 3/26/16. Built 1950. New Providence.
Inspected 3/25/16. Built 1961. Aberdeen.
Inspected 3/25/16. Built 1961. Aberdeen.
Inspected 3/25/16. Built 1958. South Amboy.
Inspected 3/25/16. Built 1958. South Amboy.
Inspected 3/23/16. Built 2006. Long Branch.
Inspected 3/23/16. Built 2006. Long Branch.
Inspected 3/23/16. Built 1928. Middletown.
Inspected 3/23/16. Built 1928. Middletown.
Inspected 3/22/16. Built 1999. Toms River.
Inspected 3/22/16. Built 1999. Toms River.
Inspected 3/22/16. Built 1990. Townhouse. Toms River.
Inspected 3/22/16. Built 1990. Townhouse. Toms River.
Inspected 3/21/16. Built 1983. Condo. Aberdeen.
Inspected 3/21/16. Built 1983. Condo. Aberdeen.
Inspected 3/21/16. Built 1976. Middletown.
Inspected 3/21/16. Built 1976. Middletown.
Inspected 3/17/16. An old church. Originally built in the 1800s. Marlboro.
Inspected 3/17/16. An old church. Originally built in the 1800s. Marlboro.
Inspected 3/16/16. Built 1951. Belford/Middletown.
Inspected 3/16/16. Built 1951. Belford/Middletown.
Inspected 3/15/16. Built 1960. Marlboro.
Inspected 3/15/16. Built 1960. Marlboro.
Inspected 3/14/16. Built 1995. Brick.
Inspected 3/14/16. Built 1995. Brick.
Inspected 3/12/16. Built 1991. Hillsborough.
Inspected 3/12/16. Built 1991. Hillsborough.
Inspected 3/11/16. Built 1955. Parlin.
Inspected 3/11/16. Built 1955. Parlin.
Inspected 3/11/16. Seller's Inspection. Built early 1900s. Englishtown.
Inspected 3/11/16. Seller’s Inspection. Built early 1900s. Englishtown.
Inspected 3/11/16. Built 1983. Shrewsbury.
Inspected 3/11/16. Built 1983. Shrewsbury.
Inspected 3/10/16. Townhouse. Built 1982. Middletown.
Inspected 3/10/16. Townhouse. Built 1982. Middletown.
Inspected 3/10/16. Built 2001. Approximately 6000 square feet. Holmdel.
Inspected 3/10/16. Built 2001. Approximately 6000 square feet. Holmdel.
Inspected 3/8/16. Built 1989. Manalapan.
Inspected 3/8/16. Built 1989. Manalapan.
Inspected 3/7/16. Built 1962. Woodcliff Lake.
Inspected 3/7/16. Built 1962. Woodcliff Lake.
Inspected 3/7/16. Original section built 1948. Lincroft.
Inspected 3/7/16. Original section built 1948. Lincroft.
Inspected 3/6/16. Built 1930. Fair Haven.
Inspected 3/6/16. Built 1930. Fair Haven.
Inspected 3/5/16. Built 2000. Holmdel.
Inspected 3/5/16. Built 2000. Holmdel.
Inspected 3/5/16. Built 1973. Holmdel.
Inspected 3/5/16. Built 1973. Holmdel.
Inspected 3/4/16. Built 1972. Colts Neck.
Inspected 3/4/16. Built 1972. Colts Neck.
Inspected 3/3/16. New construction. Chesterfield, NJ.
Inspected 3/3/16. New construction. Chesterfield, NJ.
Inspected 3/2/16. Built 1989. Toms River.
Inspected 3/2/16. Built 1989. Toms River.
Inspected 2/29/16. Built 1958. Old Bridge.
Inspected 2/29/16. Built 1958. Old Bridge.

 

Inspected 2/28/16. Built 1985. Bayville.
Inspected 2/28/16. Built 1985. Bayville.

 

Inspected 2/28/16. Built 1966. Hazlet.
Inspected 2/28/16. Built 1966. Hazlet.

 

Inspected 2/27/16. Built 1988. Approximately 3000 square feet. Jackson.
Inspected 2/27/16. Built 1988. Approximately 3000 square feet. Jackson.

 

Inspected 2/27/16. Built 1958. Parlin.
Inspected 2/27/16. Built 1955. Parlin.

 

Inspected 2/26/16. Approximately 4500 square feet. Built 2000. Howell.
Inspected 2/26/16. Approximately 4500 square feet. Built 2000. Howell.
Inspected 2/23/16. Built 1984. Condominium. Freehold.
Inspected 2/23/16. Built 1984. Condominium. Freehold.
Inspected 2/23/16. Built 1988. Condominium. Parlin.
Inspected 2/23/16. Built 1988. Condominium. Parlin.
Inspected 2/22/16. Old Baptist Church. Built 1903. Imlaystown/Cream Ridge.
Inspected 2/22/16. Old Baptist Church. Built 1903. Imlaystown/Cream Ridge.
Inspected 2/22/16. Built 1997. East Windsor. Mercer County.
Inspected 2/22/16. Built 1997. East Windsor. Mercer County.
Inspected 2/20/16. Built 1978. Hazlet.
Inspected 2/20/16. Built 1978. Hazlet.
Inspected 2/20/16. Built 1960. Old Bridge. Needs some TLC.
Inspected 2/20/16. Built 1960. Old Bridge. Needs some TLC.
Inspected 2/19/16. Built 1996. Holmdel.
Inspected 2/19/16. Built 1996. Holmdel.
Inspected 2/18/16. Built 1960. Raritan Borough, Somerset County.
Inspected 2/18/16. Built 1960. Raritan Borough, Somerset County.
Inspected 2/17/16. Built 2004. Old Bridge.
Inspected 2/17/16. Built 2004. Old Bridge.
Inspected 2/13/16. Built 1947. Linden.
Inspected 2/13/16. Built 1947. Linden.
Inspected 2/12/16. Condominium built 1975. Highlands.
Inspected 2/12/16. Condominium built 1975. Highlands.
Inspected 2/11/16. Built 1976. Hazlet.
Inspected 2/11/16. Built 1976. Hazlet.
Inspected 2/9/16. Built 1968. Morganville.
Inspected 2/9/16. Built 1968. Morganville.
Inspected 2/8/16. Built 1968. Morganville.
Inspected 2/8/16. Built 1968. Morganville.
Inspected 2/8/16. Foreclosure in need of serious TLC. Built 1964. Howell.
Inspected 2/8/16. Foreclosure in need of serious TLC. Built 1964. Howell.
Inspected 2/5/16. Townhome built in 1987. Marlboro.
Inspected 2/5/16. Townhome built in 1987. Marlboro.
Inspected 2/3/16. Built 1967. Parlin.
Inspected 2/4/16. Built 1967. Parlin.
Inspected 1/29/16. Built 1948. Freehold Borough.
Inspected 1/29/16. Built 1948. Freehold Borough.
Inspected 1/28/16. Built 2007. Approximately 5500 square feet. Lincroft.
Inspected 1/28/16. Built 2007. Approximately 5500 square feet. Lincroft.
Inspected 1/26/16. Built 1967. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 1/26/16. Built 1967. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 1/22/16. Built 1913. Leonardo.
Inspected 1/22/16. Built 1913. Leonardo.
Inspected 1/21/16. Built 1979. Middletown.
Inspected 1/21/16. Built 1979. Middletown.
Inspected 1/19/16. Built mid 1960s. Aberdeen.
Inspected 1/19/16. Built mid 1960s. Aberdeen.
Inspected 1/15/16. Originally built 1920. Additions made since then. Millstone.
Inspected 1/15/16. Originally built 1920. Additions made since then. Millstone.
Inspected 1/15/16. Condominium. Marlboro.
Inspected 1/15/16. Condominium. Marlboro.
Inspected 1/14/16. Built 1993. Modular home. Middletown.
Inspected 1/14/16. Built 1993. Modular home. Middletown.
Inspected 1/10/16. Built 1937. Little Silver.
Inspected 1/10/16. Built 1937. Little Silver.
Inspected 1/9/16. Built 1966. Hazlet.
Inspected 1/9/16. Built 1966. Hazlet.

Is Your New Home Going Solar?

Solar Panels and the Home Inspection

By Frank J. Delle Donne, Licensed Home Inspector

January 1, 2016

For most people, purchasing a house is the largest purchase they have thus far made.  Help ensure that you, “Buy with confidence.  Sell with pride” ® by using Regal Home Inspections, LLC.

Introduction

Solar panels have been on houses for 20+ years and are becoming more and more common today due to technology.  They may be an important element of the home to an owner as they relate to energy conservation, renewable energy, a person’s desire to live a, “Green” lifestyle, etc.  However, the functional value of different types of solar panels can be subjective just like the value of a swimming pool.  Some people prefer a home with a pool and some people will not consider purchasing a home with a pool. To each his own as the saying goes.  This article will discuss solar panels. I will attempt to identify a couple of different types of solar panel systems that I have seen.  I will share the wording of the New Jersey Administrative Code, Chapter 40, Subchapter 15 Rules of the Home Inspector Licensing Act to the degree that it mentions solar equipment.  I will also share my opinion on how the rules for home inspections applies (or doesn’t) with regard to solar panels and solar systems.

Like other aspects of the home inspection, the inspector may recommend that you have a system or component evaluated by a qualified professional.  For example, a licensed plumber should address plumbing problems or concerns.  If the electrical panel (circuit breaker panel) seems too small for your plans for the new house, the inspector may suggest having a licensed electrician evaluate your electrical needs and the capacity of the existing system and make recommendations as that electrical professional deems necessary.  If there’s an issue with a deck’s structure the inspector may recommend evaluation by an architect or structural engineer.  If you are considering purchasing a home with solar panels and you have concerns, it is appropriate to have the solar system inspected by a solar panel expert.  Home inspectors are residential house generalists. We may appear to be expert and some inspectors may come from a background of plumbing or general construction but very few are experts in any one field and hardly anyone is even generally knowledgeable when it comes to solar panels.  On a side note, I built my first (and only) solar panel back in the late 1970s when I was a teenager.  The family pool water was too cold.  The solar panel was a wood box that was built to fit a piece of glass that I had.  I put a piece of tin, painted black on the bottom.  It had a series of plastic pipes (first mistake as the heat wasn’t conducted well in plastic piping) that was coiled inside the box under the glass on top of the tin.  I also lacked a pump so I connected a garden hose to one end.  The water warmed but didn’t get hot.  Oh well.

The New Jersey Administrative Code that governs the home inspector is very specific with regard to what is required.  As defined by the NJAC, a, “ ‘Home inspection’ means a visual, functional, non-invasive inspection conducted without moving personal property, furniture, equipment, plants, soil, snow, ice or debris, using the mandatory equipment and including the preparation of a home inspection report of the readily-accessible elements of the following components of a residential building; structural components, exterior components, insulation components and ventilation system, fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances, or any other related residential housing component as determined by the Board, in consultation with the Committee, by rule, but excluding recreational facilities and outbuildings other than garages or carports.”

Solar panels are mentioned a couple of times but relating to heating systems and the roof.  The photovoltaic solar panels of today weren’t common when the NJAC was written and I am not aware of any updates to the solar technology.

So there isn’t any confusion, I have emphasized (all CAPS, underline and bold) important words in the following passages.

The NJAC as it relates to roofs – The inspector shall inspect, “i. Roofing surface, EXCLUDING antennae and other installed accessories such as solar heating systems, lightning arresters, and satellite dishes;”

The NJAC as it relates to heating systems – The inspector shall inspect, “i. Installed heating equipment and energy sources, ….. and EXCLUDING humidifiers, electronic air cleaners and solar heating systems.”

Unless the inspector has specific, specialized training in the area of solar panels, they should not present themselves as an expert in that field.  However, the home buyer may appreciate a general overview or explanation of the solar system’s various elements.

Types of Solar Panels

I am aware, and have inspected houses with two different types of solar panels.  While there are some differences, there are also common elements that the home inspector should be looking for.  The general types are solar panels that help heat water and solar panels that generate electricity.  Solar thermal panels that help heat water are the original solar panel system.  There are panels on the roof that have a set of pipes.  A liquid like anti-freeze (not water) flows through the pipes that are inside the panel and exposed to the sun’s rays and heat.  There is a small circulating pump that circulates the anti-freeze liquid.  Inside the house there is a heat exchanger.  A heat exchanger is a device that allows the heat from the sun-warmed anti-freeze liquid to transfer to water either in a water heater or perhaps a radiant floor heating system.  In this fashion, heat from the sun can be captured and used to heat the home’s drinking water or to heat the house itself.  I would estimate that this type of solar system was used from the late 1970s until the early 2000s.

More recently, as the technology evolved, more efficient and less expensive, photovoltaic solar systems have become more popular.  These systems use the sun’s rays to generate small amounts of electricity.  String enough small photovoltaic cells together and you start to generate some useful amounts of electricity.  According to Wikipedia, “A photovoltaic system, also solar PV power system, or PV system, is a power system designed to supply usable solar power by means of photovoltaics.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photovoltaic_system

What SHOULD the Inspector Look for?

Let’s not forget that the purpose of the inspection is to inspect the house. To prepare a report that describes various systems and components and identifies Material Defects in accordance with the NJAC.  The systems and components that might be directly impacted by a solar system include 1) The roof surface material (shingles). 2) The roof structure. 3) The plumbing system and 4) The electrical system.

When inspecting the roof the inspector should visually inspect the connection points between the solar panel posts and the roof.   Do the connection points appear to compromise the water repellent nature of the roof? Are shingles missing or damaged?  Are there screw/bolt holes that will allow water to penetrate inside?  The inspector is not inspecting the panels per-se but noting and documenting how the panels impact the roof which is definitely part of the inspection. These photos are from a house in Barnegat, NJ.

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Another area that the inspector may want to look is inside the attic.  Most roofs in this area are designed for a snow load.  Different areas of the country have different requirements based upon the potential snow fall.  Most roofs are not designed to carry a static or dynamic load other than snow.  Roofs aren’t designed to hold heavy, static load so often the roof rafters will be bolstered to handle the additional weight of the solar panels.  In the photos below one can see that every original (darker colored) roof rafter has been, “Sistered” with a new piece of lumber.  The additional roof rafter lumber is specifically installed to help carry the additional weight of the solar panels (plus any snow).  According to http://www.civicsolar.com/resource/roof-load-considerations-pv-arrays PV panels can weigh up to 50 pounds each and there are numerous panels on a roof.  The photos below are from the attic in a house in Eatontown, NJ that had PV panels outside.

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In neither of these houses were the operation or efficiency of the solar panel systems inspected.  I explained the components of the thermal system; Circulating pump, heat exchanger, etc. and pointed out that a replacement water heater that has the heat exchanger coil built in may be considerably more expensive than a common water heater.  For the photovoltaic system, the seller had the paperwork from the installer along with the nature of the business deal with the electric company or solar provider.

Some PV systems are leased by the homeowner and some are owned.  I highly recommend that you understand, 100% the nature of the business arrangement that you are buying into when you purchase a home with a PV system.  You should ask the seller for any and all paperwork you have from the PV solar provider.  This is something that you may want to have your attorney review.  There are numerous business models that the PV supplier and your new, electricity business partner (yes, you may be in a business relationship with the PV contractor to some degree) may have.  It’s important to know what your obligations and opportunities are.

Most PV systems capture/generate electricity and likely send the generated energy back into the electric grid.  I have seen houses with a second meter associated with the PV solar system.  Your regular electric meter keeps track of the electricity you use.  The second meter, part of the PV system, likely keeps track of the electricity that your PV system generates and sends back into the grid.  If you use 10kw of electricity and your PV system generates 4kw, your contract with the energy company may (based on your contract) then require you to only for the net 6kw that you use.

Some PV systems may be more sophisticated and also have batteries.  If your PV system generates and stores the electricity for your use, there is likely to be a large set of batteries (imagine heavy-duty shelves with dozens of car batteries – we’re not talking D-cell batteries here).  Since the batteries are DC electricity and the house uses AC electricity, there will also be an inverter in this sophisticated system. The inverter converts DC to AC.  Please note that this is a very specialized application of PV solar panels and definitely requires a specialist to inspect as well as the knowledge that there may be regular maintenance of the batteries.

Conclusion

If you’re purchasing a house with, “Solar panels” make sure you understand what type of solar system you have. Thermal? PV? If it’s an older thermal system, you may want to assess its value as there may not be many companies skilled in the thermal systems and the replacement components may be either hard to find or expensive, or both.  If it’s a PV system, make sure you understand the nature of the ownership and financial arrangement with whomever installed it and who will be buying the excess energy that you may be returning to the power grid.  PLEASE CONSULT AN EXPERT.

I would appreciate your comments about this article.  Please email your comments to frank07722@gmail.com

About the author.  I am a NJ Licensed Home Inspector and have performed over 500 inspections.  I am the owner and Inspector at Regal Home Inspections, LLC.  In addition to being a New Jersey Licensed Home Inspector I am also a NJ-DEP certified Radon Measurement Technician and Regal Home Inspections, LLC has also collected samples for lead paint, allergens and mold.  We are affiliated with the best labs that perform the sample evaluation and testing.  We can also help facilitate the testing of septic system and numerous aspects of oil tank evaluations. This includes oil tank integrity testing, tank locate services and soil samples.  We work to ensure that the house you’re buying is sound or that you know of any issues.

 

Gallery of Homes Inspected – 2015

These houses were inspected by Regal Home Inspections, LLC in 2015. They are listed in reverse chronological order to the first inspection of the year on January 3, 2015 to the final inspection of the year on New Years Eve.

Inspected 12/31/15. Condominium. Union City. Built 2000.
Inspected 12/31/15. Condominium. Union City. Built 2000.
Inspected 12/22/15. Built 1988. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 12/22/15. Built 1988. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 12/21/15. Built 1990. Old Bridge.
Inspected 12/21/15. Built 1990. Old Bridge.
Inspected 12/21/15. Approximately 4000 square feet. Built 1999. Marlboro.
Inspected 12/21/15. Approximately 4000 square feet. Built 1999. Marlboro.
Inspected 12/19/15. Built 1986. Gated community, Freehold.
Inspected 12/19/15. Built 1986. Gated community, Freehold.
Inspected 12/14/15. Built 1955. Morganville.
Inspected 12/14/15. Built 1955. Morganville.
Inspected 12/11/15. Built 1958. Neptune City.
Inspected 12/11/15. Built 1958. Neptune City.
Inspected 12/11/15. Built 1940. South Amboy.
Inspected 12/11/15. Built 1940. South Amboy.
Inspected 12/6/15. Condo. Aberdeen.
Inspected 12/6/15. Condo. Aberdeen.
Inspected 12/4/15. Retirement community. Jackson.
Inspected 12/4/15. Retirement community. Jackson.
Inspected 12/2/15. Morganville. Townhouse built 1985.
Inspected 12/2/15. Morganville. Townhouse built 1985.
Inspected 11/30/15. South Amboy. 2 family house. Built 1962.
Inspected 11/30/15. South Amboy. 2 family house. Built 1962.
Inspected 11/23/15. Original section built 1953. Extensive expansion since then. Middletown.
Inspected 11/23/15. Original section built 1953. Extensive expansion since then. Middletown.
Inspected 11/23/15. Built 1970. Bayville.
Inspected 11/23/15. Built 1970. Bayville.
Inspected 11/21/15. Built 1909. Keyport.
Inspected 11/21/15. Built 1909. Keyport.
Inspected 11/20/15. Built 1966. Old Bridge.
Inspected 11/20/15. Built 1966. Old Bridge.
Inspected 11/18/15. Built 1972. Beachwood.
Inspected 11/18/15. Built 1972. Beachwood.
Inspected 11/17/15. Built 1956. Middletown.
Inspected 11/17/15. Built 1956. Middletown.
Inspected 11/16/15. Built 1984. Lincroft. Approximately 4000 square feet.
Inspected 11/16/15. Built 1984. Lincroft. Approximately 4000 square feet.
Inspected 11/13 & 14/2015. 10,000 square feet. Built 1904. Monmouth County.
Inspected 11/13 & 14/2015. 10,000 square feet. Six heating systems – 4 furnaces and 2 boilers. 21 rooms, 7 fireplaces. Built 1904. Monmouth County.
Inspected 11/11/15. Built 1965. Old Bridge.
Inspected 11/11/15. Built 1965. Old Bridge.
Inspected 11/6/15. Built 1956. Parlin.
Inspected 11/6/15. Built 1956. Parlin.
Inspected 11/5/15. Built 1996. Approximately 5600 square feet. Holmdel.
Inspected 11/5/15. Built 1996. Approximately 5600 square feet. Holmdel.
Inspected 10/31/15. Built 1973. Holmdel.
Inspected 10/31/15. Built 1973. Holmdel.
Inspected 10/30/15. Built 1989. Manalapan.
Inspected 10/30/15. Built 1989. Manalapan.
Inspected 10/27/15. Built 2004. Jackson.
Inspected 10/27/15. Built 2004. Jackson.
Inspected 10/24/15. Condominium. Long Branch.
Inspected 10/24/15. Condominium. Long Branch.
Inspected 10/23/15. Built 1994. Modular built home. Toms River.
Inspected 10/23/15. Built 1994. Modular built home. Toms River.
Inspected 10/22/15. Built 1971. Middletown.
Inspected 10/22/15. Built 1971. Middletown.
Inspected 10/19/15. Ocean Twp. Built 1973.
Inspected 10/19/15. Ocean Twp. Built 1973.
Inspected 10/11/15. Built 2013. Aberdeen.
Inspected 10/11/15. Built 2013. Aberdeen.
Inspected 10/11/15. Condo. Monmouth Beach.
Inspected 10/11/15. Condo. Monmouth Beach.
Inspected 10/8/15. Condo. Built 1982. Middletown.
Inspected 10/8/15. Condo. Built 1982. Middletown.
Inspected 10/8/15. Built 1998. Marlboro.
Inspected 10/8/15. Built 1998. Marlboro.
Inspected 10/7/15. Built 1983. Marlboro.
Inspected 10/7/15. Built 1983. Marlboro.
Inspected 10/7/15. Built 1973. Barnegat.
Inspected 10/7/15. Built 1973. Barnegat.
Inspected 10/5/15. Built 1929. Little Silver.
Inspected 10/5/15. Built 1929. Little Silver.
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Inspected 10/2/15. Built circa 1910. Englishtown.
Inspected 10/1/15. Condo. Secaucus.
Inspected 10/1/15. Condo. Secaucus.
Inspected 9/30/15. New construction. Highlands.
Inspected 9/30/15. New construction. Highlands.
Inspected 9/29/15. Built 1968. Edison.
Inspected 9/29/15. Built 1968. Edison.
Inspected 9/28/15. Built 1988. Approximately 6000 square feet. Holmdel.
Inspected 9/28/15. Built 1988. Approximately 6000 square feet. Holmdel.
Inspected 9/23/15. Built 1940. Farmingdale.
Inspected 9/23/15. Built 1940. Farmingdale.
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Inspected 9/21/15. Built 1933. Keansburg.
Inspected 9/17/15. Howell. Built 1958.
Inspected 9/17/15. Howell. Built 1958.
Inspected 9/16/15. Built 1950. Monmouth County.
Inspected 9/16/15. Built 1950. Little Silver.
Inspected 9/15/15. Built 1999. Mother/Daughter. Jackson.
Inspected 9/15/15. Built 1999. Mother/Daughter. Jackson.
Inspected 9/11/15. Condo. Asbury Park. Building built 1930. Renovations circa 2006.
Inspected 9/11/15. Condo. Asbury Park. Building built 1930. Renovations circa 2006.
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Inspected 9/10/15. Marlboro. Built 1989. Approximately 6000 square feet.
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Inspected 9/9/15. Built 1958. Parlin.
Inspected 9/6/15. Built 1993. Manalapan. Approximately 4500 square feet.
Inspected 9/6/15. Built 1993. Manalapan. Approximately 4500 square feet.
Inspected 9/4/15. Built 1992. Retirement community. Toms River.
Inspected 9/4/15. Built 1992. Retirement community. Toms River.
Inspected 9/3/15. Built 1963. Hazlet.
Inspected 9/3/15. Built 1963. Hazlet.
Inspected 9/3/15. Built 1999. Robbinsville.
Inspected 9/3/15. Built 1999. Robbinsville.
Inspected 9/3/15. Townhouse. Jackson. Built 2006.
Inspected 9/3/15. Townhouse. Jackson. Built 2006.
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Inspected 9/1/15. Middletown. Mother/daughter. Build circa 1983.
Inspected 9/1/15. Retirement community. Jackson. Built 2006.
Inspected 9/1/15. Retirement community. Jackson. Built 2006.
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Inspected 8/31/15. Brick. Built 1990.
Inspected 8/24/15. Built 1970. Morganville.
Inspected 8/24/15. Built 1970. Morganville.
Inspected 8/22/15. Built 2005. Manahawkin.
Inspected 8/22/15. Built 2005. Manahawkin.
Inspected 8/21/15. Millstone. Built 1970. Approximately 4500 square feet.
Inspected 8/21/15. Millstone. Built 1997. Approximately 4500 square feet.
Inspected 8/20/15. Built 1910. Keyport.
Inspected 8/20/15. Built 1910. Keyport.
Inspected 8/20/15. Built 1998. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 8/20/15. Built 1998. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 8/19/15. Approximately 5000 square foot home. Morganville.
Inspected 8/19/15. Approximately 5000 square foot home. Built 1985.  Morganville.
Inspected house and pool. 8/15/15. Built 1965. Howell.
Inspected house and pool. 8/15/15. Built 1965. Howell.
Inspected 8/14/15. Built 1936. Spotswood.
Inspected 8/14/15. Built 1936. New Egypt.

 

Inspected 8/14/15. Condo. Spotswood.
Inspected 8/14/15. Condo. Spotswood.
Inspected 8/13/15. Built 2013. Manalapan.
Inspected 8/13/15. Built 2013. Manalapan. Retirement community.
Inspected 8/11/15. Colts Neck. Built 1997. Approximately 5500 square feet.
Inspected 8/11/15. Colts Neck. Built 1997. Approximately 5500 square feet.
Inspected 8/10/15. Middletown. Built 1976.
Inspected 8/10/15. Middletown. Built 1976.
Inspected 8/7/15. Built 2004. Jackson
Inspected 8/7/15. Built 2004. Jackson. Retirement community.

 

Inspected 8/7/15. Built 1978. Howell.
Inspected 8/7/15. Built 1978. Howell.
Inspected 8/6/15. Union Beach. Built 2014.
Inspected 8/6/15. Union Beach. Built 2014.
Inspected 8/5/15. Approximately 4500 square feet. Built 2006. Middletown.
Inspected 8/5/15. Approximately 4500 square feet. Built 2006. Middletown.
Inspected 8/5/15. Townhouse built 2014. Tinton Falls
Inspected 8/5/15. Townhouse built 2014. Tinton Falls
Inspected 8/4/15. Parlin. Built 1972.
Inspected 8/4/15. Parlin. Built 1972.
Inspected 8/3/15. Built 2005. Lavallette.
Inspected 8/3/15. Built 2005. Lavallette.
Inspected 7/31/15. Keyport.
Inspected 7/31/15. Keyport.
Inspected 7/31/15. Monmouth County. Originally built 1948. Rebuilt 2013.
Inspected 7/31/15. Monmouth County. Originally built 1948. Rebuilt 2013.
Inspected 7/30/15. Condo. Matawan.
Inspected 7/30/15. Condo. Matawan.
Inspected 7/29/15. Parlin. Built 1970.
Inspected 7/29/15. Parlin. Built 1970.

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Inspected 7/23/15. Aberdeen. Condo. Built 1984.
Inspected 7/23/15. Aberdeen. Condo. Built 1984.
Inspected 7/22/15. Parlin. Built 2004.
Inspected 7/22/15. Parlin. Built 2004. Retirement community.
Inspected 7/21/15. Townhouse. Old Bridge. Built 1980.
Inspected 7/21/15. Townhouse. Old Bridge. Built 1980.
Inspected 7/20/15. New construction. Toms River.
Inspected 7/20/15. New construction. Toms River. Approximately 3000 square feet.
Inspected Sunday, 7/19/15. Built 2009. Berkeley Township, Ocean County.
Inspected Sunday, 7/19/15. Built 2009. Berkeley Township, Ocean County.
Inspected 7/14/15. Built 2009. Ocean County.
Inspected 7/14/15. Built 2009. Ocean County.
Inspected 7/11/15. Built 1965. Approximately 4000 square feet. Holmdel, NJ.
Inspected 7/11/15. Built 1965. Approximately 4000 square feet. Holmdel, NJ.
Inspected 7/10/15. Built 1973. Gated, retirement community in Monroe.
Inspected 7/10/15. Built 1973. Gated, retirement community in Monroe.
Inspected 7/8/15. Built 1952. Monmouth County.
Inspected 7/8/15. Built 1952. Monmouth County.
Inspected 7/8/15. Old Bridge. Built 1984.
Inspected 7/8/15. Old Bridge. Built 1984.
Inspected 7/7/15. Built 1942. Keyport.
Inspected 7/7/15. Built 1942. Keyport.
Inspected 7/6/15. Built 2002. Approx. 4000 square feet.
Inspected 7/6/15. Built 2002. Approx. 4000 square feet.
Inspected 7/3/15. Built 1984. Marlboro.
Inspected 7/3/15. Built 1984. Marlboro.
Inspected 7/2/15. Built 1978.
Inspected 7/2/15. Built 1978. Franklin Twp., Somerset County.
Inspected 6/27/15. 5000+ square foot house. 3&1/2 bathrooms. Built 2007.
Inspected 6/27/15. 5000+ square foot house. 3&1/2 bathrooms. Built 2007.
Inspected 6/24/15. Three apartment building. Recently elevated for flood compliance. Union Beach.
Inspected 6/24/15. Three apartment building. Recently elevated for flood compliance. Union Beach.
Inspected 6/19/15. Built 1967. Monroe Twp.
Inspected 6/19/15. Built 1967. Monroe Twp.
Inspected 6/16/15. Sayreville. Built 1960s.
Inspected 6/16/15. Sayreville. Built 1960s.
Inspected 6/16/15. Townhouse. Tinton Falls. Built 1988.
Inspected 6/16/15. Townhouse. Tinton Falls. Built 1988.
Inspected 6/13/15. Built 1971. Old Bridge
Inspected 6/13/15. Built 1971. Old Bridge
Inspected 6/12/15. Built 2006. Brick
Inspected 6/12/15. Built 2006. Brick
Inspected 6/11/15. Approximately 6000 square feet. 4.5 Bathrooms. Holmdel
Inspected 6/11/15. Approximately 6000 square feet. 4.5 Bathrooms. Holmdel
Inspected 6/10/15. 3rd floor condo with 2 car garage. Built 2012.
Inspected 6/10/15. 3rd floor condo with 2 car garage. Built 2012. Retirement community.
Inspected 6/8/15. Built 1963. Jackson, NJ.
Inspected 6/8/15. Built 1963. Jackson, NJ.
Inspected 6/8/15. Townhouse. Monmouth County. Built 2012.
Inspected 6/8/15. Townhouse. Monmouth County. Built 2012.
Inspected 6/7/15. Rumson, NJ. Original house built circa 1920.
Inspected 6/7/15. Rumson, NJ. Original house built circa 1920.
Inspected 6/5/15. Built 1931. Solid brick with clay siding! Middlesex County.
Inspected 6/5/15. Built 1931. Solid brick with clay siding! Middlesex County.
Inspected 6/4/15. Built 1985. Jackson. Two family.
Inspected 6/4/15. Built 1985. Jackson. Two family.
Inspected 6/3/15. Rumson. Built circa 1900 with significant upgrades in 1988.
Inspected 6/3/15. Rumson. Built circa 1900 with significant upgrades in 1988.
Inspected 6/3/15. Manchester. Built 1974.
Inspected 6/3/15. Manchester. Built 1974. Retirement community.

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Inspected 5/31/15. Approximately 3250 square feet. Built 2004. Monmouth County.
Inspected 5/31/15. Approximately 3250 square feet. Built 2004. Monmouth County.
Inspected 5/30/15. Approximately 3500 square foot home. Built 1977. Monmouth County.
Inspected 5/30/15. Approximately 3500 square foot home. Built 1977. Monmouth County.
Inspected 5/26/15. Built 1991. Approximately 3000 square feet. Monmouth County, NJ.
Inspected 5/26/15. Built 1991. Approximately 3000 square feet. Monmouth County, NJ.
Inspected 5/26/15. Cape Cod style home. Built 1950. Monmouth County, NJ.
Inspected 5/26/15. Cape Cod style home. Built 1950. Monmouth County, NJ.
Inspected house and pool 5/22/15. Built 1963,
Inspected house and pool 5/22/15. Built 1963. Mercer County
Inspected 5/20/15. Approximately 3000 square feet. 3 & 1/2 bathrooms. Morganville, NJ.
Inspected 5/20/15. Approximately 3000 square feet. 3 & 1/2 bathrooms. Morganville, NJ.
Inspected 5/19/15. Approximately 3500 square feet. 4 & 1/2 baths. Marlboro, NJ.
Inspected 5/19/15. Approximately 3500 square feet. 4 & 1/2 baths. Marlboro, NJ.
Inspected 5/13/15. Built 1972. Monmouth County.
Inspected 5/13/15. Built 1972. Monmouth County.
Inspected 5/8/15. Built 1998. Monmouth County, NJ. Approximately 3500 square feet.
Inspected 5/8/15. Built 1998. Monmouth County, NJ. Approximately 3500 square feet.
Inspected 5/5/15. Edison, NJ. Middlesex County. Built 1947.
Inspected 5/5/15. Edison, NJ. Middlesex County. Built 1947.
Inspected 5/5/15. Two bedroom condo. River Vale, Bergen County, NJ. Built 1970.
Inspected 5/5/15. Two bedroom condo. River Vale, Bergen County, NJ. Built 1970.
Inspected 5/2/15. Aberdeen, NJ. Built 1961.
Inspected 5/2/15. Aberdeen, NJ. Built 1961.
Inspected 5/1/15. New Providence, NJ. Built 1962.
Inspected 5/1/15. New Providence, NJ. Built 1962.
Inspected 5/1/15. Townhouse. Holmdel, NJ. Built 1984.
Inspected 5/1/15. Townhouse. Holmdel, NJ. Built 1984.
Inspected 4/27/15. 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo. Aberdeen, NJ. Built 1979.
Inspected 4/27/15. 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo. Aberdeen, NJ. Built 1979.
Inspected 4/25/15. Built 1984. Brick, NJ.
Inspected 4/25/15. Built 1984. Brick, NJ.
Inspected 4/24/15. Three apartments. Union Beach. Built 1945.
Inspected 4/24/15. Three apartments. Union Beach. Built 1945.
Inspected 4/2/15. Built 1965. Parlin, NJ.
Inspected 4/22/15. Built 1965. Parlin, NJ.
Inspected 4/22/15. Built 1969. Freehold, NJ.
Inspected 4/22/15. Built 1969. Freehold, NJ.
Inspected 4/19/15. Built 1968. Marlboro, NJ
Inspected 4/19/15. Built 1968. Marlboro, NJ
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Inspected 4/18/15. Built 1972. New Egypt, NJ
Inspected 4/17/15. Built 1893. Aberdeen, NJ
Inspected 4/17/15. Built 1893. Aberdeen, NJ
Inspected 4/14/15. Built 1973. Holmdel, NJ.
Inspected 4/14/15. Built 1973. Holmdel, NJ.
Inspected 4/14/15. East Brunswick, NJ. Built 1956.
Inspected 4/14/15. East Brunswick, NJ. Built 1956.
Inspected 4/13/15. Built 1956. Parlin, NJ
Inspected 4/13/15. Built 1956. Parlin, NJ
Inspected 4/10/15. Built 1926. Monmouth County.
Inspected 4/10/15. Built 1926. Monmouth County.
Inspected 4/9/15. Townhouse. Freehold, NJ. Built 1975.
Inspected 4/9/15. Townhouse. Freehold, NJ. Built 1975.
Inspected 4/6/15. Built 1936. Woodbridge, NJ
Inspected 4/6/15. Built 1936. Woodbridge, NJ
Inspected 4/6/15. 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, Monmouth Beach, NJ
Inspected 4/6/15. 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, Monmouth Beach, NJ
Inspected 4/4/15. Built 1963. Colts Neck
Inspected 4/4/15. Built 1963. Colts Neck
Inspected 4/4/15. 5000+ square feet. Monmouth County.
Inspected 4/4/15. 5000+ square feet. Built 1998. Monmouth County.
Inspected 4/3/15. Built 1938. Keansburg
Inspected 4/3/15. Built 1938. Keansburg
Inspected 4/2/15. Built 1969. Colts Neck.
Inspected 4/2/15. Built 1969. Colts Neck.
Inspected 3/26/15. 3 apartments. Jersey City. Built 1895.
Inspected 3/26/15. 3 apartments. Jersey City. Built 1895.
Inspected 3/25/15. Townhouse. Monmouth County.
Inspected 3/25/15. Townhouse. Monmouth County.
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Inspected 3/24/15. Condo. Brick, NJ. Built 1984.

 

Inspected 3/23/2015. Single family attached. Built 1998. Monroe, NJ. Approximately 1300 square feet. 2 bed, 2 bath.
Inspected 3/23/2015. Single family attached. Built 1998. Monroe. Retirement community.
Inspected 3/18/15. Eatontown, NJ. Approximately 3000 square feet with addition. Originally built 1951.
Inspected 3/18/15. Eatontown, NJ. Approximately 3000 square feet with addition. Originally built 1951.
Inspected 3/16/15. Monmouth County. 4900 square feet. Mother/Daughter. Built 1986.
Inspected 3/16/15. Monmouth County. 4900 square feet. Mother/Daughter. Built 1986.
Inspected 3/14/15. Condo. Red Bank, NJ
Inspected 3/14/15. Condo. Red Bank, NJ
Inspected 3/13/15. Glen Rock, NJ. Approximately 3500 square feet. Built 1930.
Inspected 3/13/15. Glen Rock, NJ. Approximately 3500 square feet. Built 1930.
Inspected 3/2/15. Approximately 4000 square ft. Built 2003. Monmouth County.
Inspected 3/2/15. Approximately 4000 square ft. Built 2003. Monmouth County.
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Inspected 2/28/15. 2000 square foot colonial built 1985. Old Bridge, NJ.

 

Inspected 2/27/15. Approximately 4000 square feet. Built 2000. Monmouth County.
Inspected 2/27/15. Approximately 4000 square feet. Built 2000. Monmouth County.

 

Inspected 2/24/15. Approximately 3000 sq. ft. Built 1969. Monmouth County.
Inspected 2/24/15. Built 1969. Monmouth County.

 

Inspected 2/21/15. 2 bedroom 1 bath condo. Monmouth County.
Inspected 2/21/15. 2 bedroom 1 bath condo. Monmouth County. Built 1982.

 

Inspected 2/19/15. Built 1987. Approx 3000 sq. ft. Norristown, PA.
Inspected 2/19/15. Built 1987. Approx. 3000 sq. ft. Norristown, PA.

 

Inspected 2-16-15. Built 1910. Remodeled 2006. Monmouth County.
Inspected 2/16/15. Built 1910. 3500 square feet. Remodeled 2006. Monmouth County.

 

Inspected 2/13/15. Townhouse. Built 1989. Manalapan, NJ.
Inspected 2/13/15. Townhouse. Built 1989. Manalapan, NJ.

 

Inspected 2/13/15. Manchester, NJ. Built 2009.
Inspected 2/13/15. Manchester, NJ. Built 2009. Retirement community.

 

Inspected 2/12/15. Bayville, NJ. Built 2000.
Inspected 2/12/15. Bayville, NJ. Built 2000.

 

South River, NJ. Inspected 2/12/15. Built 1951.
South River, NJ. Inspected 2/12/15. Built 1951.
Inspected 2/4/15. Edison, NJ. 2800 Sq. ft. home. Built 2002.
Inspected 2/4/15. Edison, NJ. 2800 Sq. ft. home. Built 2002.

 

 

Inspected 1/22/15. Built 1967. Monmouth County.
Inspected 1/22/15. Built 1967. Colts Neck, NJ.

 

Inspected 1/16/15. Built 1962. Lavallette, NJ.
Inspected 1/16/15. Built 1962. Lavallette, NJ.

 

Inspected 1/11/2015. Ocean County, NJ.
Inspected 1/11/2015. Ocean County. Built 1979.

 

Inspected 1/9/2015. Built 1979. Ocean County, NJ.
Inspected 1/9/2015. Built 1963. Ocean County.

 

2 family house. Built 1910. Kearny, NJ.
Inspected 1/8/2015. Two family house. Built 1910. Kearny, NJ.

 

Inspected 1/6/2015. Approx. 3000 sq ft.
Inspected 1/6/2015. Approx. 3000 sq. ft. Built 1994. Ocean County.

 

Inspected 1/5/2015. Original house (stone structure) built in 1740. The left side was built in the 1800s.
Inspected 1/5/2015. Original house (stone structure) built in 1740. The left side was built in the 1800s. Hunterdon County.

 

Inspected 1/3/15 - 5000+ sq. ft. house. 6.5 baths.
Inspected 1/3/15 – 5000+ sq. ft. house. 6.5 baths. Built 1988. Monmouth County.

A Superior Effort and Inspection – Part 2

A Superior Effort Part 2

By Frank J. Delle Donne, Licensed Home Inspector

January 10, 2015

For most people, purchasing a house is the largest purchase they have thus far made. Help ensure that you, “Buy with confidence. Sell with pride” ® by using Regal Home Inspections, LLC.

Introduction

On Friday, January 9, 2015 I was hired to conduct an inspection on a nicely renovated 52 year old house. It had been remodeled with updated bathrooms, new siding and despite its age, looked very nice and it absolutely was for the most part. Like the Superior Effort article I wrote in December 2014, I was informed that the house had also been recently inspected. The seller told me that the house had been inspected in the summer of 2014 by another potential buyer. That deal, I was told, fell through because of septic issues but the seller had the septic system replaced following that deal’s demise. I was also told by the seller that the, “only other thing” the other inspector found was an issue with the chimney flashing which they had fixed.

Just like I said in the December 20 edition of the Superior Effort article, perhaps another inspector would have cruised the rest of the way home on this second inspection but I did not. Following are some examples as to why, in my humble opinion, you should hire Regal Home Inspections, LLC to perform your new home inspection.

Examples

Here are some of the items that I found during the inspection that the, “other” inspector should have found.

1) The New Jersey law that oversees home inspectors requires that home inspectors test the, “Entrapment Protection Mechanism” for garage doors. This includes the photo-eye beams mounted close to the floor on the garage door tracks and the auto reverse in the event something gets caught under the door as it’s closing. One garage door had the photo-eye but the other did not. Additionally the doors required adjusting on the down-force-tension because they did not reverse when tested. Starting in 1993, garage door openers had to come with these safety features. It should be reported if they aren’t installed or operating in a home inspection report.

2) New Jersey Home Inspection laws follow the Standards of Practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). ASHI is actually mentioned in the NJ Administrative Code that oversees home inspectors and how they should perform their job. The Standard of Practice allows inspectors to inspect a sampling of regular electric outlets but the inspector must inspect all Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt (GFCI) outlets. GFCI outlets help protect people by disconnecting the electricity if the GFCI outlet detects that the electricity is going-to-ground in a manner that is abnormal. This might occur if stray voltage and current went through a person because of faulty wiring. That’s why GFCI outlets are required outside, in garages and near all water appliances; sinks, etc. to name a few. GFCI outlets are basics in 2015 construction just like a foundation and roof.  GFCI outlets in specific areas are mandatory. So when a house is being inspected for a sale, the inspector HAS TO CHECK EVERY GFCI outlet and every outlet that should be GFCI. Without getting too technical, suffice it to say that one GFCI outlet can protect the others that it serves in a multi-outlet circuit. In this photo, the GFCI outlet on the right (the one with the buttons), operates as it should.

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Outlet on right is GFCI. Outlet on left is NOT GFCI protected PLUS it has reverse polarity.

However, not only is the outlet next to it NOT GFCI, it is wired backward! The polarity is reversed. Again, without getting too technical, this is very dangerous. An outlet that is wired with reversed polarity has the potential to electrocute someone very easily because the “Hot” line is in the wrong place.

3) Another blatant error on the part of the inspector that was here 6 months back is the duct for the bathroom exhaust fan. Inspectors are trained to be aware of bathroom exhaust fans that are not installed with the duct work to the outside. They sometimes vent to inside the attic (see the @regalhomeinspec Inspection find of the week from late December with the vent fan with no ductwork). While they are often very hard to find because the fans and ducts are often under insulation or in hard to reach places, in the house yesterday, it was very easy to see and right in front of you, if you looked and cared to know what you were looking at.

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Silver duct from bathroom fan is blowing moist exhaust air into the attic. This can promote mold growth.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that I will do the best inspection possible. Combine that with my competitive pricing and I believe I offer the best professional home inspection value in New Jersey. For a house that was “inspected” by another licensed home inspector within the past 6 or 7 months, I found items that should have been found previously.

I would appreciate your comments about this article. Please email your comments to frank07722@gmail.com

About the author. I am a NJ Licensed Home Inspector. I am the owner and Inspector at Regal Home Inspections, LLC. In addition to being a New Jersey Licensed Home Inspector I am also a NJ-DEP certified Radon Measurement Technician and Regal Home Inspections, LLC has also collected samples for lead paint, allergens and mold. We are affiliated with the best labs that perform the sample evaluation and testing. We can also help facilitate the testing of septic system and numerous aspects of oil tank evaluations. This includes oil tank integrity testing, tank locate services and soil samples. We work to ensure that the house you’re buying is sound or that you know of any issues.

 

A Superior Effort and Inspection

A Superior Effort and Inspection

By Frank J. Delle Donne, Licensed Home Inspector

December 23, 2014

For most people, purchasing a house is the largest purchase they have thus far made. Help ensure that you, “Buy with confidence. Sell with pride” ® by using Regal Home Inspections, LLC.

Introduction

On Saturday, December 20, 2014 I was hired to conduct an inspection on a 9 year old house. It was a large house with over 5000 square feet of living space, 6 bathrooms and 5 bedrooms. I arrived early, which I usually do, and introduced myself to the seller and asked for their permission to start the exterior portion of my inspection before the real estate agents and clients arrived. I was about 30 minutes into the exterior inspection (remember it’s a very large house) when the listing agent arrives and shares with me that this was the third time the house was under contract in recent months and for the previous two times, each potential buyer also had the house inspected. He pointed out that a few, small items were found but were fixed and that I should have a fairly smooth inspection. In case you’re wondering, I don’t know why the previous deals fell through and to tell you the truth, it doesn’t matter to me in a professional, home inspector capacity.

Perhaps another inspector would have cruised the rest of the way home on this third inspection but I did not. Following are some examples as to why, in my humble opinion, you should hire Regal Home Inspections, LLC to perform your new home inspection.

Highlights of a Superior Inspection

  1. I climbed the roof! Even though the roof was only 9 years old, I still climbed on the roof. Here’s a view of the house from the side so you can see it’s a large home. Now the New Jersey Administrative Code that governs the home inspection process, NJAC Chapter 40, Subchapter 15 (13:40-15.17 Mandatory tools and equipment) states that the minimum required length ladder is 11 feet. I believe most inspectors meet this minimal requirement and lean on the law to avoid climbing on roofs. Technically an inspector can inspect a roof from the ground with binoculars. I carry a 22 foot ladder and when it’s safe to do so I climb on the roof. I have walked roofs by climbing a ladder. I have walked roofs by climbing out a window to access the roof. I have found issues with roofs and other components, like the chimney or flashing because I climb the roof! The easy way out here would have been to use the binoculars. Now there weren’t any issues on this house but for the client, I didn’t take the easy way out.                                                                  DSCF1424
  2. Also according to the NJAC and the Standards of Practice that the NJAC includes, a representative number of electrical outlets (such as one per room) can be tested but all, GFCI outlets must be tested. The Standards of Practice, (as well as the National Electric Safety Code) require that all outside electrical outlets be GFCI protected. This has been the standard since 1973.   So not only did the local building inspector miss this in 2005 when the house was built but two, licensed, (apparently) professional home inspectors missed the fact that the outside outlet on the balcony was not GFCI protected. I found out it wasn’t because I tested it because as a professional home inspector, following the NJAC, the inspector must test GFCI outlets. I don’t know who they were but there are two inspectors out there that didn’t, otherwise they would have found it.  Once on the deck it took about 30 seconds to test the outlet with a GFCI tester.  The outside outlet that was not GFCI is on the covered deck on the second floor which can be seen in the photo above.
  3. This house had over 65 windows. Now it’s possible that the one that I found that was cracked, wasn’t cracked when the other two inspections occurred. I’ll give them that. I did check the glazing and also found that one window had the thermal seal broken. The other inspectors should have found this however.  The seller wasn’t even aware of that and it is a master bedroom window.
  4. Finally, while inspecting a bathroom I noticed some staining near the exhaust vent. This bathroom, apparently hadn’t been used in a while and I would bet dollars to donuts that the stains are not new. The stains looked like it might be mold but of course, without laboratory analysis, it can’t be determined conclusively in the field by naked eye. For an inspector, the staining should indicate the need for some additional investigation. When it was time to inspect the attic I made note of the direction and distance of the bathroom and the vent from the attic stairs. As I approached the area my curiosity was elevated because I didn’t see any exhaust duct work. That didn’t mean that it wasn’t there because it could have been installed between the joists. When I checked, I found out that the duct wasn’t installed at all. Ever since this house was built, the exhaust vent fan blew the air from the bathroom directly into the insulation in the attic. Luckily this was a spare bathroom that was rarely used (remember, this house had 6 bathrooms).
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Bath exhaust vent without any duct work.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that I will do the best inspection possible. Combine that with my competitive pricing and I believe I offer the best professional home inspection value in New Jersey. For a house that was relatively new and that had been, “inspected” by two other licensed home inspectors within the past few months, this wasn’t the easy inspection I was told to expect. I would not have lowered my standards regardless. I have inspected $150,000 houses and I have inspected houses well in excess of $1,000,000. I bring the same professional skills and attitude to every inspection. Am I perfect? No I am not perfect. Will I do everything in my power to make every inspection the best inspection possible? Absolutely I will.

I would appreciate your comments about this article. Please email your comments to frank07722@gmail.com

About the author. I am a NJ Licensed Home Inspector. I am the owner and Inspector at Regal Home Inspections, LLC. In addition to being a New Jersey Licensed Home Inspector I am also a NJ-DEP certified Radon Measurement Technician. I can also help facilitate the testing of septic system, chimney inspections and numerous aspects of oil tank evaluations. This includes oil tank integrity testing, tank locate services and soil samples. We work to ensure that the house you’re buying is sound or that you know of any issues.