BuySmartHome Inspections, LLC

Commerce, GA 30529 PH: (770) 654-4415

Athens, GA 30606        PH: (706) 362-4951

Thermal Imaging

Infrared inspection (thermography) can be defined as the detection and measurement of emitted thermal energy (heat). This is enabled by the use of an infrared camera which translates the invisible infrared spectrum into a visual format, or thermal image.  This thermal image can then be interpreted to provide a noninvasive and nondestructive method of identifying building defects and deficiencies. In addition to finding problems, infrared inspections are useful for  clearance purposes and also to confirm that previously determined issues have been properly corrected or remediated.

Water intrusion: scanning interior surfaces of a building with an infrared camera can reveal excess moisture due to plumbing leaks, roof leaks, leaks around windows, etc.  Wet areas of building materials cool when energy is transferred during the water evaporation process; therefore, a wet (“cooler”) area will stand out from the surrounding dry (“warmer”)
Insulation deficiencies: appreciable temperature differences, due to variations in thermal energy (heat) transfer, allow for detection of deficient or missing insulation when scanning ceiling and wall surfaces.  

Roofing leaks: scanning roof coverings can reveal water intrusion and accumulated moisture below the surface. Due to its thermal properties (high thermal capacity), water typically gives up heat at a much slower rate than the surrounding roof materials. The areas of accumulated
moisture can therefore be detected when scanning the roof surface.  This type of roof inspection is best done in the evening or early nighttime after thermal energy imparted during the daytime is transferred or released.

Electrical systems: deficiencies within the electrical system can be made visually apparent by use of an infrared camera.  For example, a deficient connection between electrical components can result in resistance which will manifest in an apparent temperature elevation when compared with similar types of connections under similar load conditions. 
Structural issues: differences in thermal capacity, conductivity, and other intrinsic qualities of building structural components can allow for their detection when scanning walls, floors, and ceilings with an infrared camera. Under the right conditions, missing structural components, and portions of structural components which are damaged (to the extent that their
intrinsic qualities are significantly changed), can be detected.

Indoor Air Quality Testing

An indoor air quality inspection measures the quality of the air that is in the dwelling. Indoor air quality is generally worse than most people believe, but there are things you can do about it. 
Some Quick Facts: 
      -Indoor air quality can be worse than that of outdoor air.
      -Problems can arise from moisture, insects, pets, appliances, radon, materials used in household products and furnishings, smoke, and other sources.
      -Effects range from minor annoyances to major health risks.
      -Remedies include active or passive ventilation, cleaning, moisture control, removal, inspection, and following manufacturers' directions when using appliances and products. 
Research has shown that the quality of indoor air can be worse than that of outdoor air. Many homes are built or remodeled more tightly, without regard to the factors that assure fresh and healthy indoor air. Our homes today contain many furnishings, appliances and products that can affect indoor air quality. 
Signs of indoor air quality problems include:
      -unusual and noticeable odors; 
      -stale or stuffy air;
      -a noticeable lack of air movement; 
      -dirty or faulty central heating or air-conditioning equipment; 
      -damaged flue pipes and chimneys; 
      -unvented combustion air sources for fossil-fuel appliances;
      -excessive humidity;
      -the presence of molds and mildew;
      -adverse health reaction after remodeling, weatherizing, bringing in new
     furniture, using household and hobby products, and moving into a new
      -and feeling noticeably healthier outside

Mold Inspection

-Building observations and summary of its history and client complaints
-Laboratory test results supporting the conclusions and recommendations of the investigation
-Information regarding toxic or allergenic mold or other contaminants identified, and
-Remediation advice including both mold cleanup and Building repairs which are necessary to help avoid future problems.
-Documentation is accompanied by photographic evidence on the day of inspection and lab findings.
-Action Plan: A simple report summary provides a "guide to action" for each property we inspect.

Radon Testing

The Environmental Protection Agency recently declared Radon Gas to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the nation, after cigarette smoking. 

What is Radon?  Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, present everywhere, and in low levels is not considered hazardous.  (In the US, levels below 4.0 pCi/l -- that's picoCuries per liter -- are considered safe.)  In some parts of the country, including Northern Georgia, soil and subsoil conditions can channel the gas into homes, and create a higher level of risk.

20%-50% of Radon tests in our area are POSITIVE, requiring Radon reduction steps be taken for those homes.  Some areas are more prone to very high levels, but we find levels above the EPA recommended maximum in every neighborhood in the areaWe recommend testing for Radon in every home at the time of purchase, and periodically thereafter

The cost for testing varies, depending on travel time from our office in Commerce and whether it is an independent test or in conjunction with a full home inspection.

BuySmart Home Inspections tests for Radon gas with a redundant calibrated kit that absorbs the air continuously.  The Kit sits in the lowest level of the home for at least 48 hours, and your inspector will return and collect it for laboratory evaluation, results will be forwarded to you along with recommendations based on the results of the laboratory findings..  We are not allowed to test for Radon without permission of the owner of the home. 


If your home needs remediation, make sure that the mitigation contractor performs the work according to the EPA Protocols.  Less expensive contractors are probably cutting corners -- we see it regularly.

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Move-in Certified

(Pre-Listing Inspection)

For the Home Seller, if you are selling your home, Let me inspect it before you even list it.  A Move-in Certified seller inspection informs you of any defects or problems with your home so you can address them before prospective buyers discover them.  You can then take the time you need to obtain reasonable repair estimates. Show prospective buyers that you are dealing in good faith. Avoid 11th-hour negotiations and delays, and justify your full asking price by having your home pre-inspected now.

Warranty Inspection

Most Builders offer a one-year warranty on a new home. We'll come out during the 11th month and perform a full home inspection before the builder's warranty expires. Our non-invasive inspection is based on observations of the visible and apparent condition of the interior and exterior of the structure, including its major systems and components.  Following your inspection, you will receive a comprehensive report, complete with photos, that includes information on any material defects observed on the date of the inspection.  Armed with this information, you can take any necessary steps to hold your builder and his subcontractors to their warranties while they are still in force.

  • -Chinese (tainted) Drywall
  • -Water Quality
  • -Roof
  • -Exterior
  • -Wood Destroying Organisms
  • -and Many More
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