Residential Inspection Services
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Radon Measurement Testing
You cannot see, smell or taste RADON, but it still may be a problem in your home. On average 1 in every 7 homes may have high levels. High levels have been found in homes on a slab, crawl space and basement type foundations. Radon is considered a cancer-causing radioactive gas. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you or someone in your home smokes and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high. Radon can be found all over the United States. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets in to the air we all breathe. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into our homes through cracks and other holes in the foundation. The home traps radon inside where it can build up. Unacceptable levels of radon have been reported in all types of buildings including homes, offices, schools and hi-rise buildings. You and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at your own home, because that is where you usually spend most of your time. If a home has a well, the water from the well should also be tested for radon. Matt Welsch is a Certified Radon Measurement Technician (Certification #110026RT) who can answer any of your questions. When a radon test is performed in your home, he uses the most advanced state-of-the-art electronic monitor equipment for accurate and quick results. The monitors that are used take a reading every hour for 48 hours and then the data is analyzed and a report is generated showing the average results. The following radon measurement is a sample of monitor output in a graph form. ** EPA recommends that indoor radon gas be reduced if above 4.0 pCi/L For more information on radon visit – epa.gov/radon To schedule a radon test or to have any questions answered please call 651-236-9923.
Home Energy Assessment
We use state of the art digital thermal imaging equipment to identify moisture in areas where water may be entering your home. We identify specific areas of concern where water intrusion or leaks are occuring. This service does not include any destructive or invasive testing. Infrared cameras read surface temperature based on the material type and its emissivity. All infrared finds for moisture will be verified using a non-contact or pin type moisture meter.
Thermal imaging cameras have become a common tool in the inspection and preventative maintenance industry where they are used to verify that systems are performing to specifications. For building inspection, thermal imagers can be used to determine proper insulation, to locate air leaks, to verify structure design and to locate moisture intrusion. Thermal patterns, which is the movement of heat through an object, can be used to find the source of many problems that can range from simple comfort issues to mechanical defects in the home. Some of the uses for thermal imaging inspections include: Electrical inspections, Thermal heat loss inspections of buildings, Locate radiant heating wires or pipes, Locate potential areas for mold growth, Flat roof leak detection for buildings, Detect thermal patterns on furnaces and boilers, Detect leaks in air conditioning systems.
Predictive maintenance with a thermal imager can be effectively performed using qualitative analysis of equipment. Qualitative techniques allow the emissivity setting on the thermal imager to be set at 1.0 (high emissivity) and apparent temperatures used for comparisons between similar materials under similar load. While the temperatures displayed will not be 100 percent accurate, a real problem can be identified just from the comparison of identical components. Our inspectors are trained to reliably perform qualitative analysis.
Wind Mitigation Inspection - Insurance Inspections
Four Point Inspection - Insurance Inspections
This inspection is for insurance companies to get a snapshot view of the major components of a building. It includes the:
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