If Walls Could Talk Home Inspections Serving Atlanta, Georgia and Surrounding Communities
State of Georgia Home Inspector License #1721 BBB Accredited Business ICC #2039 Doc Yalley Tel. No. 404-849-5316
The decision to sell or purchase a home is an important decision, and how better to proceed than with accurate and reliable information about the property in question.
All inspections from If Walls Could Talk Home Inspections evaluate all interior and exterior components and systems including the roof, basement, heating, cooling, ventilation, insulation, plumbing, structure, electrical, and the lot.
If Walls Could Talk Home Inspections uses state of the art test equipment. Infrared cameras are the latest technology If Walls Could Talk Home Inspections hopes to be using within a few months. Infrared cameras are used for fast, reliable, accurate building diagnosis and a wide range of building problems, including chronic leaks and moisture problems.
Moisture in building materials can destroy structural integrity and produce mold. Quickly locating and removing all sources of moisture is the first step in moisture problem remediation. By finding variations in temperature, infrared cameras instantly show you what's wet and what's dry.
How does Thermal Imaging work?
Thermography is the use of an Infrared imaging and measurement camera to "see" and "measure" thermal energy emitted from an object. It is not a moisture meter, and does not "see" moisture. The camera helps the inspector see temperature differences and abnormalities which can be caused by moisture. When two areas composed of the same or similar materials experience changing ambient temperatures, the area with the higher thermal mass (usually moisture) will change temperature more slowly. We let water run through the drains of the toilets, sinks, showers, and dishwasher. Depending on the ambient conditions at the house at the time of inspection, we may run hot or cold water. If the house is cold, hot water will show up better than cold water. We may use heating or A/C system to help change the temperatures in the house. The dry areas with less thermal mass will change temperature quickly. Areas with a higher thermal mass, which may include damp areas, will change temperature slower. These differences will be obvious when viewed through the Infrared camera.
Understanding Thermal or Infrared Energy
Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye. It's the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared energy. The higher the object's temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted. An Infrared camera allows us to see what our eyes cannot.
Please note that an Infrared camera is not a magic tool. It cannot determine if a leak will occur in the future if the area has had time to dry out. For example, if there has been no rain for several months, the infrared camera will not detect moisture from a roof leak since no moisture is present. It also cannot detect moisture behind cabinets, furniture, or deep within a structure.
Pre-List Inspection Conducted prior to listing your house on the market. This provides insight into areas of enhancement or repair that potential buyers might expect or request. It is assumed that if conditions or situations are discovered by the inspector, the buyers’ inspector will also call attention to the same area. This will give the seller time and opportunity to make the corrections or find a contractor of their choice to perform the work. This inspection may save you from last minute negotiations or concessions to the buyer.
Pre-Purchase Inspection Provides the buyer peace of mind and some insight as to the condition of the home and what, if any, corrections or repairs may be needed. We want to insure that your home is in favorable operating condition before you move in, and you have some idea of what may be required in the future.
New Construction Inspection As your new home nears the final stages of construction, an inspection may bring attention to areas that should be corrected prior to moving in. It is easier and more time efficient to address these issues while areas of the home are un-furnished and accessible and you have the attention of the contractor.
Builder Warranty Inspection Most builders offer a one-year warranty on the materials and workmanship of the home. Near the end of the warranty we can assist with a final “punch-list” of items to present to the contractor
Insurance Inspection Insurance companies often require a Four-Point Inspection prior to insuring older properties. This inspection is a review of the Roof, Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC systems. This is not an in-depth complete home inspection but for insurance purposes and your information only.
Investor Property Inspections Recommended at least every two years for those who own rental properties or second homes. Costly repairs maybe avoided when you are informed about maintenance and repair issues. It also aids in the budgeting for replacement items.
Foreclosure Inspections Mortgage lenders can be better informed about property issues by a professional home inspection. Thousands or more dollars may be lost by roof and plumbing leaks, unsecured entry points and other issues that may be avoided. It also allows for better budgeting when addressing repair issues.
Comprehensive and professional services
Inspections cover every part of the home from the roof to the foundation
New construction inspections
Conducted more than 1000 home inspections
Our employees are all licensed home inspectors
5 years of experience
Follow Standards of Practice for the State of Georgia
Clear written report free of technical jargon
Help set priorities for repairs
Very reasonable rates
Free follow-up service
PRICING - Homes, Condos and Mobile Home Inspections
0 - 1,500 Sq. Ft.
With so many great reasons to work with If Walls Could Talk Home Inspections, why would you choose someone else?