Tennessee Radon Zone Map
It is important to find out if your home sits on Radon. It is an odorless, invisible gas that is more harmful than cigarette smoke.
Infrared Testing Looking Behind The Walls
Our state-of-the-art thermal infrared testing has the capability to find heat changes behind the walls and in electric panels. This is the image that shows a temperature change in the ceiling.
The Innocent Looking Ceiling
This image was taken without the use of our thermal infrared scanner. To the naked eye, there does not appear to be any issues.
Say YES! To Infrared Scanning On New Construction
This master bedroom looks great to the naked eye. Our scanner found that there was no insulation on half the room. There is no charge for infrared scanning on new construction.
Attic Insulation – Hidden Issues
The use of thermal infrared scanners on attic insulation can identify lack of insulation, wet insulation, pests, and leaks.
HVAC Can Be In The Attic
An HVAC unit in the attic may be out of sight and out of mind… however can also hide an issue until it becomes an expensive problem.
The Crawl Bot
We utilize a remote controlled crawl bot that can get into spaces as small as 6 inches high and record findings.
FREE 90 Day Residential Warranty Included
We give a 90 day Free home warranty with every paid home inspection. Visit our warranty page for more information.
Kevin VanHeulen Owner/ Lead Inspector
Kevin is the lead inspector for 840 Inspections. He has a background in construction, building trades and sales.
Kari VanHeulen General Manager
Kari started working for 840 Inspections in 2017. She LOVES her job and enjoys marketing the business, doing “lunch and learns” and other promotional activities.
Jon Bonnie Licensed Inspector
Jon has over 20 years experience in the construction field. He joined the 840 Team in 2020 as a licensed inspector.
Erik Frey Licensed Inspector
Erik is a licensed inspector with 840 Inspections. Additionally, he puts his skills to work volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together Nashville when he is not playing shows for Kathy Mattea.
840 Inspections Condensation Drain Image
This is a condensate drain line for an attic HVAC unit found in a new construction home terminating into a bathroom sink drain. In an ideal world, this could be an easier way to evacuate the moisture, rather than running a line all the way to the bottom floor and to the exterior of the home. However, this could be a potential problem for several reasons. Primarily, in the event that the trap ever clogged, that moisture would back up and either flood the sink, or flood the drain pan in the attic.
Laundry Room thermal Infrared imaging
This laundry room wall looks innocent but our thermal infrared scanner, we can see that may be a problem behind that wall.
Inspecting the Hot Water Heater
During our inspection, we inspect the water heater closet. We recommend adding thermal infrared scanning to your inspection.
840 Inspections Notched Beam
The real problem here is a lack of communication between the trades. I get it, plumbing has to go where it has to go… but this should have been communicated so the carpenters could repair the joist. As it is, this joist holds no weight, and that can be bad news under a bathtub full of water! This could have gone unnoticed for quite a while, but thankfully we caught it!
There are several issues with this dryer vent ductwork besides the obvious “splice proximity” defect. This flexible duct is cheap and easy to use, but it can easily trap lint. This flexible duct should be used for a short run from the machine until it connects to straight, rigid ductwork that vents outside the home. This installation actually had a rip in the duct further up the line that was allowing lint and moisture collect directly on the framing members. This will inevitably lead to microbial (mold) issues as well as being a potential fire hazard. This is an easy fix, but it should be done correctly. Remember to hire or at least consult a professional!
Outside Dryer Vent
A day off is a good time to check your dryer vent. Does your dryer vent have a screen on it? Are you even sure where your dryer vent is? This is a good illustration of what happens when a dryer vent has a screen and isn’t cleaned regularly. These “insect screens” can trap lint and cause damage to the machine, and be a potential fire hazard. When installed correctly, the louvers on the vent are adequate to keep insects from penetrating the duct.
Condensation drain in Attic
While you are up in the attic digging out your holiday decorations, you might as well take a look at the condensate drain line on your air handler/furnace. In the Summer months, cool water sits in the trap, and humid air in the attic creates condensation on the outside of the pipe. This water collects at the bottom of the trap and drips below. Here are a few examples of what that looks like. If you notice that yours is installed like the first picture, then you can just add some insulation on the trap. This is easy enough for a DIYer, or better yet, call a professional!
Thermal Imaging Image
Now you see it, now you don’t. An active leak was found in this new construction at a time that it could be repaired without future damage to floors, walls, and who knows what else. 840 Inspections offers FREE thermal imaging with all new construction inspections.