No Other Home Inspection Company IN THE STATE OFFERS ALL THESE SERVICES
Home Inspections per ASHI standards
Drone Ops per FAA Part 107 Cert REMOTE PILOT-IN-COMMAND
Certified Residential Thermographer per FLIR requirements
Home Energy Score ASSESSOR per DOE requirements
Radon Testing per EPA protocol
Commercial Inspections per ASTM standards
Wood Destroying Organisms per NPMA-33
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Get a thorough look at your home-to-be with a detailed home inspection. Expect to learn details about the roof, exterior, garage, structure, electrical, plumbing, insulation and ventilation, HVAC, and interior.
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An additional service that we offer is testing for radon gas. Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is an inert gas (it does not combine with other elements) that is produced in the soil. Radium and uranium are common soil elements that undergo chemical transformation over time, ultimately ending up as lead. This is known as radioactive decay, and I will spare you the physics lesson. Radon is the only gas that is part of this chain. It is in the air we breathe, when we are outside it is in very low concentrations. What is dangerous is that it can accumulate in a house in much higher concentrations creating a health hazard. The stack effect in a house is such that, as hot air rises, it escapes the upper part of the house. The house makes up this air loss by drawing air in the lower part of the house, the basement. The air comes through the soil, picking up radon along the way. In Michigan, most houses have basements and many families use this space for recreation. Radon levels can spike here causing an elevated risk of lung cancer. As the radon decays, it sets off tiny atomic explosions in our lungs causing the tissue to mutate, sometimes into cancer-causing tissue.
Wow, that is scary. The radon risk can be mitigated by the use of a sub slab depressurization system that draws the air below the basement floor slab and discharges it into the atmosphere. The system has proved reliable at reducing the radon levels down to the level that is in the outside air we breathe. In order to determine if this system is needed, we test for it.
Radon testing takes many forms. We use a continuous radon monitor (CRM) that measures the radon amount on an hourly basis. Using the EPA testing protocol for real estate transactions we set a radon monitor in the lowest livable level of the home, typically the basement. It must stay in place for at a minimum of 48 hours. At the end of the testing period the monitor averages the hourly readings into a single number. The EPA action level is 4.0, any readings 4.0 or higher the EPA recommends installing a mitigation system. Radon mitigation systems typically cost $600 – $1,000, and the buyer’s agent will negotiate the system’s cost with the listing agent. Below 4.0 the EPA says mitigation is not required for a real estate transaction. However, it would be smart to consult the EPA’s A Citizen’s Guide to Radon after moving into the house.
Using the State of Michigan’s 1987-88 Residential Radon Survey Regional Screening Measurement Projections, which is by county, we can see where elevated levels of radon exist.
Testing protocol includes:
Infrared Camera: We are a Certified Residential Thermographer (CRT). We use a FLIR E6 IR camera to look for thermal anomalies that may indicate moisture presence. The camera produces regular light and IR images simultaneously.
360° Camera: We use a Ricoh Theta SC 360° Camera to highlight certain exterior and interior areas of the house you are buying. They are included with the report so you can scan a 360° view of the subject. How cool is that? Learn more.