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What I Inspect

Full Home Inspections Include:

  • Roof, vents, flashing and trim
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Skylight, chimney, and other roof penetrations
  • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways and railings
  • Eaves, soffits, and fascia
  • Grading and drainage
  • Basement, foundation, and crawlspace
  • Water penetration and foundation movement
  • Heating system
  • Cooling system
  • Main water shut-off valves
  • Water heating system
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
  • Drainage sump pump with accessible float
  • Electrical service line and meter box
  • Main disconnect and service amperage
  • Electrical panels, breakers, and fuses
  • Grounds and bonding
  • GFCIs and AFCIs
  • Fireplace damper door and hearth
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers
  • And much more!
Radon Testing

Radon Testing:

We offer Radon inspections for your new home or your current residence.  Read on to learn more about the potential dangers of Radon.

Radon is a radioactive gas that arises from the natural radioactive decay of radium, which is a natural decay product of uranium. Scientifically, “radon” is known to be radon-222, the most abundant isotope of the element radon. The terms radon and radon-222 are often used interchangeably when referring to the indoor radon issue.

As a noble gas, radon is colorless, odorless and chemically inert and cannot be detected by human senses. Also, since radon is not chemically reactive with most materials, it will move freely as a gas. Radon has a radiological half-life of 3.8 days, and can move substantial distances from its point of origin.

The first four radioactive isotopes formed as radon decays are polonium-218, lead-214, bismuth-214 and polonium-214. They are commonly referred to as “radon daughters” or “radon progeny.” These short-lived isotopes are not gases but are chemically active solids. They are present in any environment where radon is found and, like radon, cannot be detected by human senses.

The earth is the source of all radon gas in our atmosphere. Uranium is a natural part of the earth’s crust. Therefore, radium and radon are also naturally present (as noted above). Since uranium and radium concentrations vary throughout the earth’s crust, radon concentrations will also vary. The amount of radon gas that escapes into the atmosphere is dependent on the depth at which it is formed and the permeability of the surrounding earth. Radon formed in the top 10 meters of soil and rock provides the largest component of radon entering the atmosphere. Because they are metallic particulates, radon daughters formed in the soil will not escape.

The second most important contributor to atmospheric radon is emanation from groundwater. Underground radon is readily carried in groundwater and when this groundwater surfaces, most of the radon is released to the atmosphere.

Other sources of atmospheric radon are very small contributors and are largely due to human activities. For example, there are radium-rich industrial by-products spread upon the earth, and sometimes construction materials are produced from raw materials that contain uranium or radium.

Worldwide, over 2.5 billion curies of radon are emitted annually into the atmosphere. Atmospheric dilution results in a typical outdoor level of between 0.2 and 0.7 picocuries per liter (pCi/l). However, wide variations do exist.

(The above information was taken from the Introduction to INDOOR RADON IN MICHIGAN: Residential Survey Summary Report, EQC 1625 (8/97). To request a copy of this report, call the DEQ Indoor Radon Program at 1-800-RADON GAS/1-800-723-6642, or 517-335-8037.)

Have Your Home Tested.  It’s the only way to know if you have elevated Radon. It’s worth it to you and your family! If you would like us to do a Radon Test, call 616-820-9852.

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Certified Home Inspection includes:

Please review the InterNACHI Standards of Practice for complete details or contact brent@shoemakerinspections.com with any specific questions.

Proudly Serving: GrandRapids, Holland, Zeeland, HudsonVille, GrandVille, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Saugatuck, Fennville, South Haven

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Let me start off by making you a BIG Promise. When I inspect your home and you are not 100% satisfied with my inspection – you pay absolutely nothing for the inspection.

I am so confident in my inspections that I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is.

You see, I understand this is an important step in your life. This guarantee is just one more way to demonstrate my desire and commitment to meet and exceed your expectations. Also, I want to ensure you have an enjoyable real estate experience.

So at Shoemaker Inspections, I offer a simple, no weasel words guarantee. Attend your West Michigan home inspection and if for any reason you’re not satisfied with the “Quality” of the home inspection service, tell me before receiving your report and we’ll either make it right, or you don’t pay the home inspection fee!

How can I offer a 100% Satisfaction Gaurantee?

First, I do each inspection myself that means you have the owner of the business doing your inspection.

Second, I don’t rush! I do 3 home inspections every day, however, I work late hours as I offer a 5 p.m. appointment time. This allows me the time to do a thorough inspection of your new home.