The BrickKicker - Chicagoland

Providing Inspection Services For Chicago and All Suburban Communities including Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake and Will Counties

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Phone: 312.425.8000
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Phone: 815.827.4677
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North / NW Suburbs
Phone: 847.566.3400
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Phone: 630.420.9900
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Testimonials

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Will was fantastic to work with, especially as first time home buyers! Super articulate, explained the process slowly, constantly asked if we had any questions, was not rushing to get it done. Would highly recommend!

— Erin C., Chicago
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I would 100% recommend this company to my friends or anyone else needing a home inspection. Easy to book, very professional and knowledgeable. I had my Dad come to the inspection, a carpenter/contractor for 45 years. Our inspector from Brick Kicker noted everything on his own my Dad would have noted if he did the inspection. Tom P was my inspector, very knowledgeable, professional and polite. I highly recommend requesting him for your inspection!

— Ashley R., Chicago
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Rob was great at walking us through the process! I'm a visual person so seeing exactly what he was talking about and him taking us through part by part was so helpful for us! He also always asked to make sure we understood or if we had any questions. Great first experience!

— Mari B., Chicago
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Meet Your BrickKicker Team

Our Services

How We Can Help You

Other Offered Services

Other Services We Specialize In

Radon Testing

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. The Surgeon General has warned that 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, however, when you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. Testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon. If you find that there are high levels, the home can be fixed. Even very high levels of radon can be reduced to acceptable levels.

Pest

Many homes across the country are subject to shared occupancy with pest, mainly for shelter but others may use the home as a food source. It is only through a thorough and professional pest inspection that one can be confident any unwanted visitors do not set up shop within the home. These tests and inspections are often provided as a specific service through an outside professional source and considered beyond the scope of the standard inspection or home inspection license.

New Construction

Most “New Construction” homes have undergone a rigorous municipal or code compliance inspection process, likely at least four “code” inspections. The BrickKicker new construction inspection goes beyond that, looking at the home for not only the functionality of the systems but those cosmetic and unfinished items as well. A new construction inspection will assist you with your Punch List creation and interpretation, helping to ensure your home is perfect before taking ownership.

Builder Warranty

Many New Construction Builders provide their clients with a one year (11 month) warranty. After being in a home for 10 to 11 months a homeowner knows many of the “secrets”, but maybe not all of them. Much like the “New Construction” inspection, The BrickKicker warranty inspection will help create the “punch list.”

Home Maintenance Review

Most people make routine visits to their Doctors. Most people do not make routine reviews of their homes. A Home Maintenance Review is like an annual check up. The BrickKicker inspector is an expert at your home and will help you keep your investment in good shape. We have a unique perspective because we are there to sell products or services but only to help you keep your home in the best condition possible. This review will help you prioritise your maintenance and potentially prevent unnecessary or unforeseen expenditures.

Modular Home

A modular home is one which was not built on site but rather trucked in and placed on the pad or home-site. This home was built in a controlled factory. These homes are typically constructed much differently than site built homes. They can require different HVAC equipment, different roofing as well as different plumbing and electric. Most are without foundations and are anchored to the ground.

Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging or the use of infrared cameras has become a very widely accepted practice of home inspectors. It is yet another tool to allow The BrickKicker to help you purchase your home intelligently. The thermal camera can help identify thermal openings in your home, possible plumbing leaks in the walls, potentially damaging cracks leaks in the foundation or even issues under low sloped or flat roofs. Unlike many of our competitors, we do not charge extra for using the tools that we have on hand. IR thermography is included with every home inspection.

Certified Inspections

FHA, VA and 203K are all types of loans which will require certain minimum standards be present before a loan is presented. Systems like: Heating, Plumbing, Electrical, Structural, Roof, Thermal and Weatherproofing all require certain standards be met. The BrickKicker inspector is certified to provide the necessary documents for each one of these. There is no reason to call for one, two or every three different contractors to provide these documents.

We know security is a big deal for your new home, that’s why The BrickKicker trusts ADT for all home protection needs. If you want more information on how to secure your new home, click here for Secure24 Authorized ADT Dealer.

Your Trusted Home Inspector in Chicagoland

The BrickKicker – Chicagoland is a professionally trained and certified home inspection firm you can trust. Whether you may be a home buyer, seller or existing homeowner, The BrickKicker will fit all of your home inspection needs.

If you are looking for a qualified home inspector who will approach the job in a consultative unbiased manner, The BrickKicker is just the choice for you. Our trained inspectors will take the time to understand the client’s perspective and offer them a variety of home inspection choices that will fit their needs. We offer expert home inspections, comprehensive inspection reports, and home maintenance advice as well as unique reporting and peripheral services.

The Inspection Process

  • Scheduling the inspection and/or radon test can be done via online, email, or phone.
  • Upon booking an appointment, an electronic confirmation will be emailed with the option to sign the inspection agreement electronically and pay via a secure credit card link.
  • Attending the inspection is highly encouraged as you will be allowed to get to know the property and ask your inspector/radon technician any questions that may come up.
  • The inspection is performed in a methodical manner, generally starting on the exterior moving from top to bottom followed by the interior, also moving from the top to the bottom.
  • A resource kit is provided at the end of the inspection to help answer any questions that make come up along the journey of owning a property.
  • Once the inspection is complete, you will receive a comprehensive report via email with a descriptive overview (including pictures) of your home from the ground up.

Field Staff

  • Will Augustine

    Residential Building Consultant & Lead TrainerIL Home Inspector License #450.001460
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    Will Augustine

    Will Augustine

    Residential Building Consultant & Lead TrainerIL Home Inspector License #450.001460

    For over 15 years, I have been providing quality home and commercial inspections with The BrickKicker. My extensive background in construction is what drew me to the home inspection industry. I have always been fond of the components of an older home, as they typically carry more depth, but there is one role I value even more. Educating the buyer is the most important role I have. My primary goal is to ensure that each inspection ends with a clear client understanding of how their future home works. My free time consists of being the ultimate family man, all while enjoying the beach and playing dolls with the youngest of my seven children.

  • Rob Colecchi

    Residential Building Consultant & Lead TrainerIL Home Inspector License #450.002613
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    Rob Colecchi

    Rob Colecchi

    Residential Building Consultant & Lead TrainerIL Home Inspector License #450.002613

    After 12 years of inspecting with The BrickKicker I have learned that during your home buying purchase, it is not uncommon for my clients to feel nervous and excited at the same time. Most clients have complimented me on my thoroughness of my inspections, but what I enjoy the most during the process is teaching my clients about the scale of the deficiencies, giving them a realistic perception, and discussing the corrective course of action. My early life was spent in the construction industry, but after receiving my degree I spent several years as a trainer and project manager in corporate America, all the while remodeling homes on the side. I grew to love the housing industry more, and found myself being a “Jack of all Trades Master of None” which fit perfectly into the Home Inspection Industry. No single house or client is the same which is what keeps me excited about what I get to do every day. It is my hope to give the most transparent picture of your future home.

  • Kevin Daly *

    Commercial & Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011938
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    Kevin Daly *

    Kevin Daly *

    Commercial & Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011938

    Before finding myself here with The BrickKicker, I began my career remodeling homes 30 years ago. I have always been curious about how homes are constructed, this curiosity is what led me to the fulfilling career I now have as a home inspector. I still enjoy seeing how things are made, whether it's the craftsmanship of a 150 year old house or the efficiency of new construction. Seeing something that I have never seen before still gets me excited when inspecting a home. What makes being a BrickKicker fun for me is all the new people I get to meet along the way and helping them understand everything about their new home. I’m always happy to answer all of your questions about your new home.

  • Dave Lammert *

    Commercial & Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.012450
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    Dave Lammert *

    Dave Lammert *

    Commercial & Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.012450

    Before becoming a part of The BrickKicker team, I originally started inspecting homes in Florida before moving to the Chicagoland area. Ever since leaving college, I have held several different jobs in the construction field. When I completed college, I worked for a lumber supply company as a cashier and forklift operator, this not only taught me a lot about construction materials, but I made relationships with contractors and construction companies. I spent 2 years building home additions, decks, and sunrooms, then after that spent nearly 5 years working as a trim carpentry crew leader for new construction in Florida. As an inspector, I am passionate about informing first time home buyers on how their new home works. I love to show all aspects of the home and give them advice on maintenance of the systems. First time buyers just have so much excitement, it's infectious! In my spare time, I really enjoy ink/pen drawing and watercolor painting. I majored in Fine Art in college so I also can draw, paint, and sculpt pretty well.

  • Vince Roman

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011958
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    Vince Roman

    Vince Roman

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011958

    My working career started as a bag boy for my family’s butcher shop at the age of twelve. Over the years I have gained experience in Building Construction, Residential Remodeling, Mechanics and most recently as a Firefighter. The thing I love most about my newest endeavor as a Home Inspector is that it never feels like a job at all and I am able to take my passion for helping people and use it daily here at The BrickKicker! In my free time, I spend time with my beautiful baby girl and wife playing games and working on remodeling our 100 year old home.

  • Chris Roller *

    Commercial & Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011234
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    Chris Roller *

    Chris Roller *

    Commercial & Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011234

    I am a BrickKicker with a 30 year background in construction, from building decks in high school to overseeing production of homes for a large local builder. I remember being fascinated as a young boy helping my Dad build an addition on our home, and watching him repair and maintain it over the years. I honestly find myself repeating much of that same advice to my clients every day! After many years building and remodeling homes, I reluctantly had my first inspection done on an old (1889) house we were considering buying and rehabbing. What an eye opener! I was very impressed with the inspector’s knowledge and detective-like approach. That’s how the seed of the idea of Home Inspector as a career was planted.
    My primary goal as an Inspector is to observe the condition and systems of the property and accurately convey that information to the client. Inspections can be a very stressful time for all parties involved; buyers, sellers and agents alike. Major decisions are made and actions taken depending on how I present information. I try to explain what I’m observing without adding additional stress to an understandably anxious audience.
    In my spare time I like to travel. I have been to 49 of 50 states, most of that camping. My wife is from Dublin, and we’ve done a lot of camping and travelling through Europe as well. We have two little girls who love to ski, just like their Daddy! Also, I scream at the TV every Sunday in the fall while watching Da Bears.

  • Ed Kuhrt

    Residential Building Consultant & TrainerIL Home Inspector License #450.011576
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    Ed Kuhrt

    Ed Kuhrt

    Residential Building Consultant & TrainerIL Home Inspector License #450.011576

    Being a member of The BrickKicker family has always been ironic to me as I spent the majority of my life immersed in the construction industry. I have had the pleasure of building homes, apartment complexes and schools. I am also a master electrician and a retiree of The Naperville Fire Department. I pride myself on quality work and that carries over into my inspections. I always encourage, my clients to shadow me and ask any question that comes to mind. I also ask them questions about their future home. Knowing what drew them to the property in the first place allows me to provide the best service possible. The best job I have had in my life is being a grandpa to three wonderful little girls. I also enjoy fussing over my truck so that it looks show ready when I chauffeur my grandkids around.

  • Brad Graber

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011941
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    Brad Graber

    Brad Graber

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011941

    I was born in Congo, Africa to missionary parents and later spent my teenage years growing up in Kansas. My career has afforded me the opportunity to live in different parts of the United States. Having bought and sold homes in the past has given me insight into inspections, understanding angst that buyers and sellers sometimes have. Being a home inspector is an extension of what I enjoy doing.

    Home ownership, remodeling, small project renovations and additions have been a part of my life experience. Early in my career, I spent 10 plus years in residential construction with a focus on framing and later in lumber sales.

    I have always enjoyed woodworking as a hobby. I often make furniture for my wife's creative decorating eye to become a reality. In my spare time, I make periodic trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo, working on several community development projects.

  • Don Ryba

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011709
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    Don Ryba

    Don Ryba

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011709

    I am elated to be a part of The BrickKicker, as my extensive background drew me to home inspections. I have spent a majority of my life immersed in the construction industry in various roles ranging from concrete finisher, to the engineer in charge of inspection and administration of high end construction projects. I have degrees in Construction Management and Civil Engineering and I’m a licensed Professional Engineer with the State of Illinois. Therefore I especially like looking at the structural components of the home: trusses, framing, decks, etc. I believe that I can take my background and use it to provide an excellent service to people looking to make what typically is the largest, most important purchase of their lives. My goal is for my client to have full confidence in me and my inspection report, thus making the home buying process as comfortable as possible. What little spare time I have is usually spent either working in my yard or planning warm, relaxing vacations in Florida on a beach or at Disney World (which is not very relaxing).

  • Luis Calzada

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.012247
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    Luis Calzada

    Luis Calzada

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.012247

    When I’m not doing inspections with The BrickKicker I am a Utility Gas Worker.I’ve spent over 5 years inspecting and working on residential gas systems and underground gas utility lines. As a home inspector, I enjoy delivering professional reports and communicating with my clients by providing them with beneficial advice and recommendations about their future home. I have excellent communication and interpersonal skills that maintain the highest level of integrity and dedication to providing reliable and friendly service. My mission is to give my clients peace of mind on their next real estate investment. I believe that when they are buying a house, they deserve to have accurate and unbiased information, so that they can move forward with the purchase confidently. During my inspections, they will have a real opportunity to learn about the key elements of their home and its vital systems. If the new home has any significant safety concerns or if any expensive repairs are needed, as your inspector that will always be my primary concern. You deserve peace of mind and I will do my part in helping to find the answer. **Spanish speaking

  • Tom Pantoni

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.012506
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    Tom Pantoni

    Tom Pantoni

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.012506

    I join The BrickKicker with 5 years in the Home Remodeling Business under my belt. I enjoy assisting my clients by providing insight and reassuring confidence regarding their future investment. The ability to spend quality time on the property answering my clients questions or offering basic home maintenance tips, is truly a rewarding experience.
    In my spare time I have volunteered with a local community service group for the past 6 years.

  • Keith Valenti

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.012791
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    Keith Valenti

    Keith Valenti

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.012791

    Bio coming soon!

  • Rick Rivera

    Residential Building Consultant & Sewer Scope CertifiedIL Home Inspection License #450.012889
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    Rick Rivera

    Rick Rivera

    Residential Building Consultant & Sewer Scope CertifiedIL Home Inspection License #450.012889

    Bio coming soon!

  • Andy Peak

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.012644
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    Andy Peak

    Andy Peak

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.012644

    Bio coming soon!

  • Colin Warner

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.012894
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    Colin Warner

    Colin Warner

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.012894

    Bio coming soon!

  • Steve Wittry

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.012083
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    Steve Wittry

    Steve Wittry

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.012083

    Bio coming soon!

  • Andrew Fox *

    Commercial & Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.010911
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    Andrew Fox *

    Andrew Fox *

    Commercial & Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.010911

    The old saying "Do what you love and never work a day in your life" holds very true to me. Every aspect of what I do on a daily basis for The BrickKicker truly is amazing and I can relate it all back to my upbringing. At an early age, I can remember moving around often from state to state as my parents were getting settled but most of my time was spent living in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Both of my parents served in the U.S. Air Force so I had a pretty structured upbringing but I was always allowed to explore and try new things. Building with Legos stemmed my interest in building things, often without instructions.

    All throughout my schooling, I wrestled (nearly 18 years), which helped to prepare me for my time served in the U.S. Air Force as a Weapons Specialist. While serving 6 years in the military, I attended my undergraduate studies in Hotel Management in Madison while finishing in Orlando through the University of Central Florida and the Walt Disney Company. From there I had the opportunity to learn more about corporate structure and management while working for the Target Corp. and Marriott International.

    I had a deep desire to want to get back to my passion as a kid in building things so I started my Graduate Program at the University of Florida School of Architecture of which led me into exploring ways to work on my own, helping people better understand the built world. This is where I decided to become licensed in the inspection industry. I am extremely passionate about everything I do, to include spending quality time with my family and friends, traveling, and building out the next part of my business.

  • Kathy Cook

    Radon Measurement ProfessionalIL Radon Professional License #RN12005206
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    Kathy Cook

    Kathy Cook

    Radon Measurement ProfessionalIL Radon Professional License #RN12005206

    When I first heard of radon I had no idea what it was and why I should be concerned about it. But once I made the effort to learn, research, and wrap my thoughts around it, I found myself thankful. Thankful to understand that radon is a radioactive gas, a Class A Human Carcinogen, which has the potential to cause lung cancer.
    Being licensed to test for this gas opens the doors to share this information with many others. It is my belief that once a person has a clear vision of why we test for this gas, it becomes clear to the importance for them to have their environments’ tested. At first, all of this is a bit scary for all of us. But the great news with the radon story is it is very fixable. For a reasonable cost, there are systems that can reduce the levels and by lowering the levels, it lowers the risk.
    Radon has taken me down quite the road of learning.
    Learning that radon comes from the breakdown of uranium and is found all over the world has been completely fascinating and interesting. After 14 years of testing homes, there has NOT been a home yet that did not have some level of radon gas. So the thought I leave you with is this: The only way to know what levels your home or environments’ test at is to have them tested. All homes/buildings can test high; new, old, big, small, on slabs, with or without basements, and any combination of these. Once you know the risk of radon it is simply hard to ignore it.

  • Steven Harris

    Radon TechnicianIL Radon Technician License #RNIT2020206
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    Steven Harris

    Steven Harris

    Radon TechnicianIL Radon Technician License #RNIT2020206

    I first learned of Radon Gas back in the mid-90’s when I purchased a new townhome; my test results came back elevated. Since then, I had the home mitigated and had my own home radon gas detector placed in the basement. I was a stay at home dad for several years, but since my daughter started going to full-day kindergarten, I decided it was time to get back into the workforce. When I discovered that The BrickKicer was in need of a Radon technician, I jumped at the opportunity!
    I enjoy meeting all kinds of people during my day and seeing all the different sizes and shapes home can be. I especially enjoy the opportunity to teach homeowners about the dangers of Radon gas and what can be done to eliminate it from their residence.

Management Team

  • Andrew Fox
    President
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    Andrew Fox

    Andrew Fox

    PresidentIL Home Inspector License #450.010911

    The old saying "Do what you love and never work a day in your life" holds very true to me. Every aspect of what I do on a daily basis for The BrickKicker truly is amazing and I can relate it all back to my upbringing. At an early age, I can remember moving around often from state to state as my parents were getting settled but most of my time was spent living in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Both of my parents served in the U.S. Air Force so I had a pretty structured upbringing but I was always allowed to explore and try new things. Building with Legos stemmed my interest in building things, often without instructions.

    All throughout my schooling, I wrestled (nearly 18 years), which helped to prepare me for my time served in the U.S. Air Force as a Weapons Specialist. While serving 6 years in the military, I attended my undergraduate studies in Hotel Management in Madison while finishing in Orlando through the University of Central Florida and the Walt Disney Company. From there I had the opportunity to learn more about corporate structure and management while working for the Target Corp. and Marriott International.

    I had a deep desire to want to get back to my passion as a kid in building things so I started my Graduate Program at the University of Florida School of Architecture of which led me into exploring ways to work on my own, helping people better understand the built world. This is where I decided to become licensed in the inspection industry. I am extremely passionate about everything I do, to include spending quality time with my family and friends, traveling, and building out the next part of my business.

  • Ron Ewald
    Vice President
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    Ron Ewald

    Ron Ewald

    Vice President

    Growing up in the Illinois Valley (LaSalle-Peru), I was a product of small town values and a blue-collar work ethic. My Eastern Illinois University degrees (BA- Psychology, MBA-Marketing) provided the basis for understanding the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of business dynamics; especially valuable within the personal services sector, where customers, clients and employees are close at hand … I’ve joked in past, noting that I’ve applied more Psychology than Business in my daily activities, a product of the personal services business, I guess.
    In 1989 I had the privilege to meet Len Franckowiak, who fortunately had the passion to perform the field work, allowing me to follow my interest in the Sales/Marketing function. We started out like any small business, a few hundred dollars each, a kitchen table office and a huge vision. As a team, we built a strong reputation of service quality throughout Chicagoland, and later a nationwide network of franchises. Today, we support nearly 50 franchise locations across 23 states, and our original Chicagoland operation consistently ranks in the upper 1% in volume of all home inspections companies in the U.S.
    My Definition of Success: Forming the habit of doing the things the competition doesn’t like doing.

  • Sarah Westerman
    Director of Administration
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    Sarah Westerman

    Sarah Westerman

    Director of Administration

    Throughout my working years, I have dabbled in various industries; from a bridal shop to non-profits and have found that I enjoy providing service in an industry aimed at helping people the most. The BrickKicker provides that and more, being a key part of what can be a stressful/exciting time in most people's lives. Being able to assist clients in such an important purchase is very rewarding. I always want to push myself to constantly learn something new and improve on the skill set I already have.

    In my spare time, I enjoy vacationing with my husband & our 2 children, especially visiting historical locations, spending time with my family or just relaxing in the local scene.

  • Kathy Cook
    Radon Manager
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    Kathy Cook

    Kathy Cook

    Radon ManagerIL Radon Professional License#RN12005206

    When I first heard of radon I had no idea what it was and why I should be concerned about it. But once I made the effort to learn, research, and wrap my thoughts around it, I found myself thankful. Thankful to understand that radon is a radioactive gas, a Class A Human Carcinogen, which has the potential to cause lung cancer.
    Being licensed to test for this gas opens the doors to share this information with many others. It is my belief that once a person has a clear vision of why we test for this gas, it becomes clear to the importance for them to have their environments’ tested. At first, all of this is a bit scary for all of us. But the great news with the radon story is it is very fixable. For a reasonable cost, there are systems that can reduce the levels and by lowering the levels, it lowers the risk.
    Radon has taken me down quite the road of learning.
    Learning that radon comes from the breakdown of uranium and is found all over the world has been completely fascinating and interesting. After 14 years of testing homes, there has NOT been a home yet that did not have some level of radon gas. So the thought I leave you with is this: The only way to know what levels your home or environments’ test at is to have them tested. All homes/buildings can test high; new, old, big, small, on slabs, with or without basements, and any combination of these. Once you know the risk of radon it is simply hard to ignore it.

  • Kevin Daly
    Commercial Manager
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    Kevin Daly

    Kevin Daly

    Commercial Manager

    Bio Coming Soon!