A home inspection is a visual inspection of every component
that make up a house, from top to bottom.
Inspector Dave checks all systems such as plumbing, electric, and heat and air. He goes everywhere physically possible, from the roof to deep in the crawlspace, inspecting the overall structure to make sure the house is in sound condition and that there are no apparent flaws in its integrity.
You are welcome and encouraged to walk along with Inspector Dave and to see the home as he does... asking your questions and learning along the way.
Inspector Dave’s Full Inspections include:
• Roof, vents, flashings, trim, gutters, and downspouts
• Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
• Skylight, chimney, and other roof penetrations
• Basement, foundation and crawlspace. Insulation and ventilation
• Decks, stoops, porches, walkways and railings. Garage doors, safety sensors and openers
• Eaves, soffit, fascia, grading and drainage, water penetration and foundation movement
• Main water shut-off valves and water heating system
• Heating systems, cooling systems, interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
• Electrical service line, GFCIs and AFCIs, main disconnect and service amperage
• Electrical panels, breakers, fuses, meter box, grounding and bonding
• Fireplace damper door, hearth and much more!
• View samples of Inspector Dave's reports here!
Dear Potential Client,
I am Inspector Dave's wife & assistant and I am the one who will more than likely answer the phone when you call to book your appointment with us.
When Inspector Dave became a certified radon testing technician, to be honest with you, I had no idea what radon was, much less what it meant to my life. In fact, when I had purchased my first home about 6 years ago, no one ever even mentioned the word "radon" to me.
Over the past few years I have been diligently working to learn as much as I can about radon, not only to educate myself, but to be able to properly educate you, the Buyer, and even Realtors as well. The most important aspect for me was to seek out information that I could relate to. I really wanted to find information that I could easily translate and that would make sense to my life. I have spoken with the US EPA and the local EPA and I have spoken with a gentleman who has been an enviornmental engineer in Middle TN for the past 24 years who is currently a radon mitigator. I have also read the radon information on most of the major cancer sites as well and have pulled together some highlights listed below.
While Inspector Dave's job is to educate you as much as he can about your home, I would like for YOU to educate yourself about radon so that you can confidently make your own decision as to whether or not you want to test your current or potential home for elevated levels of radon. In summary, the decision to test for radon is a personal one. It is not something that I, Inspector Dave, or your Realtor can or should decide for you.
Sunny, Assitant to Inspector Dave
The national average: one in 15 houses will test high for radon.(1)
The local average: one in THREE houses will test high for radon in the Middle TN area.(2)
Smokers: radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer.(1)
Non-Smokers: radon is THE leading cause of lung cancer.(1)
Radon is a radioactive gas released from the normal decay of uranium in rocks and soil. It does not matter if your home is old or new, on a slab, crawlspace or basement. It matters if your home sits above rock in the ground that is emitting radon gas. If the rock is emitting radon gas, then it can seep into your living space.
Testing is the only way to know if your home has elevated radon levels.(1) The EPA recommends testing your home for elevated radon levels every 5 years, or earlier if you or your neighbors do anything to the ground that can disrupt the rock (ie. inground pool, construction, renovation).
It does not really matter if your living space is not close to the ground. In fact, we heard recently that a 5th floor condo tested high for radon. Everyone was perplexed because it was not close to the assumed radon source (the ground). After further investivation they discovered that the radon was being emitted from the materials used in the home. In this case, the new countertops were emitting high levels of radon gas.(3)
According to a local enviornmental engineer, parts of TN have almost mineable pockets of uranium in the ground. Click here to view the US EPA's map of radon concentration in TN Tennessee.
(1)US EPA (2)Local EPA (3)ASHI Reporter [Learn More: Visit cancer.gov for Q&A on radon and cancer.]