Category: Athens

New Construction Inspections

While a traditional home inspection is designed to look at the elements of an existing home a new construction inspection can go one step further. The BrickKicker inspectors are trained to verify code compliance and empower you to prepare a final punch-list. This is a list of items found in new construction which are incomplete, missing or completed in a less than quality manner. After all, “new” does not mean “perfect” when it comes to homes.

Home Inspection Costs

Home Inspection Costs Usually, the first thing we are asked when a client call to ask about a home inspection is “What does it cost?” Most home inspectors price their inspections based on the same criteria: size, age and foundation type. This is the minimal amount of information we need to provide a quote. We […]

26 Jul

The Story of How Radon was Discovered in Homes

Who is Radio Active Stanely? In January of 1984, Stanely Watras and his young family moved into their new home in Boyerstown, Pennsylvania. Stanely began work at the soon-to-be-operable Limerick Nuclear Power Plant as a construction engineer. A few weeks before the plant began its energy production, they installed radiation detectors at the exterior doors. […]

Asbestos and Home Inspections

Asbestos containing materials may be a concern for some home buyers. Their concern is not unwarranted but their understanding of the hazards associated with asbestos exposure usually comes from class-action lawsuit infomercials. Mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis are all associated with asbestos exposure and the latency period for disease can range from 10-40 years. To […]

Septic Systems

Sewage waste from most Georgia homes is managed through centralized sewage treatment plants but approximately 25-37% of homes in Jackson, Oconee and Athens-Clarke counties use septic systems. Home septic systems are very common, and not just in rural areas. A septic system is comprised of the septic tank and a drain field. The septic tank […]

Georgia Radon – What You Need to Know

Radon is a cancer causing, radioactive gas. The Surgeon General has warned the radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, killing 21,000 people per year in the United States. You cannot see, smell or taste radon. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. Testing is the […]