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Ancillary Facts

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 FACTS You Should Know About Your Next Home

The benefits of using ancillary services include saving time and money, getting a better deal on a home and having a smoother homebuying process.

Facts About Radon

In Georgia, about 800 deaths a year are due to radon gas exposure. The northern third of the state has the highest levels of radon compared to the southern part. 

Did You Know?

The counties of Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett have been found to have some of the highest elevated levels of Radon gas in the entire state.

Q. What’s considered a high test result?

A. Above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) is high. If your test result is over 4 pCI/L it is recommended that you test again with either a short-term (two to seven days) or long-term (three to 12 months) device. If the second test result is over 4 pCi/L you should hire a professional to fix the problem.

Q. How do I test for radon during a real estate transaction?

A. The UGA Radon Program recommends hiring a certified radon tester to perform a test during a real estate transaction. These testers are trained to use equipment that is tamper-proof and can provide a radon result quickly within the due diligence period. 

Q. Can I tell if my home has a high radon level without testing?

A. No. The way radon enters a home is complex and cannot be determined without testing. Things that influence radon levels include the strength of the radon source, the way the home is built, the activity of occupants in the home, weather changes outdoors, and the geology under the home.

Q. Do I need to worry about radon if my home is on a slab?

A. YES, Radon comes up through cracks in the foundation REGARDLESS if the house is on a slab or above a basement. Radon is also detectable in crawlspace homes. 

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Sewer Scope Inspections

Q. What is a Sewer Scope Inspection? And Why Does It Matter?

A. Sewer scoping is a non-invasive sewer line inspection that runs from your home to the public sewer system.

A. A small, flexible camera is inserted into the sewer line and a video is recorded of the inside of the pipe.

A. This allows the inspector to see any damage, blockages, or other problems with the sewer line.

Q. Why should I get my sewer scoped?

A. To check for damage or blockages.

A. To assess the condition of the sewer line before selling your home.

A. To identify any potential problems before they cause a major backup or leak.

Issues We’ve Found During Our Sewer Scope Inspections

  • Cracks: Cracks in sewer lines can be caused by a number of factors, including tree roots, soil movement, and age. Cracks can allow sewage to leak into the surrounding soil, which can contaminate groundwater and cause other problems.
  • Root intrusion: Tree roots can grow into sewer lines and cause blockages. Root intrusion can also damage the pipes, making them more likely to crack or collapse.
  • Corrosion: Sewer lines are made of a variety of materials, including cast iron, clay, and PVC. These materials can corrode over time, which can weaken the pipes and make them more likely to crack or collapse.
  • Blockages: Blockages in sewer lines can be caused by a variety of things, including grease, hair, and other debris. Blockages can prevent sewage from flowing properly, which can lead to backups and other problems.
  • Collapse: Sewer lines can collapse due to a number of factors, including age, corrosion, and root intrusion. Collapsed sewer lines can cause sewage to back up into homes and businesses, which can be a health hazard.
  • Bellies; sections of the pipe that allows water is collect and sit.

 

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Cost-Effective Mold/Microbial Testing

Did You Know?

  • Mold can grow in any climate, but it is more likely to grow in humid environments.
  • Mold can grow on a variety of surfaces, including wood, drywall, fabric, and carpet.
  • Mold can produce allergens and irritants that can cause health problems, such as allergies, asthma, and respiratory infections.

Should I need a Mold/Microbial inspection when buying a house?

Mold testing is necessary because it can help identify the mold type in your home. Some types of molds are more harmful than others. Knowing the type of mold present in your home will help the remediation company properly remove it and prevent it from growing back.

Q. Is Mold/Microbial part of the standard inspection? 

A. Yes and No. We will do our best to look for visible mold first. But we may not be able to locate (see) mold in air ducts, behind walls, or from previous water damage. 

Q. Isn’t there Mold/Microbial in every home?

A. Yes, at some level. We are looking for elevated levels of Mold/Microbial growth inside the home, and we compare it to the outside levels. This will allow us to make an educated evaluation of the air quality in the home. 

Q. What about homes with a  crawlspace?

A. Crawlspaces, in most cases, are dark and damp, which can be a good provider of food sources because of humidity, wood, and insulation. We have been inspecting Ga homes since 1996. When a crawlspace is present, we have found that a high percentage of homes will have some Mold/Microbial issues due to damaged or missing plastic vapor, standing water, and drainage issues from outside gutters and downspouts and more. 

 

These added services are just that, Added services. You are in a period of the contract called Due Diligence, and this is the ONLY time you get to learn as much about your next home as possible. We are not looking to “Kill” the deal or scare anyone. In most cases, the current homeowner has no idea that these defects exist. 

Here is the deal, once you close on the property, you own these issues. Meaning when you sell, and they have these services done, they will look toward you to make the repairs. ALL of these issues are repairable and or correctable. We would never say, do not buy this house if any of these issues came back as a defect. 

So, should any of these services come back with issues, We have credible and professional contractors who specialize in these areas.  

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We understand how it feels not being sure if you’re looking at the right home to buy or what needs attention before listing your home for sale. Our Licensed and NACHI Certified home inspectors are at your service to provide you with the knowledge to confidently make that buying or selling decision.

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