The clients were complaining of odors and indoor air quality issues in the basement bedroom. An inspection of this area and brief infrared scan revealed a hidden roof leak, a disconnected HVAC supply duct, and insufficient ventilation. Additionally, we found a wall cavity in the basement bedroom that was missing significant portions of insulation. The client had complained of an inability to keep this room warm and had spent money to install a supplemental wall heater.
A Cost-Effective Solution
A thorough and detailed inspection by an unbiased contractor can resolve indoor air quality issues and improve energy efficiency without tacking on expensive unnecessary services. The client was able to improve the ventilation with a simple adjustment to the furnace’s fresh-air intake system (made by the inspector), and can have focused and cost-effective repairs done on the damaged ducting, missing insulation, and roof leak. Getting to the root of these problems allows the client to choose only the work that is necessary and avoid upselling by contractors.
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