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There are many types of inspections a home may need. It is wise to inspect any system before you operate it. Home owners are not always forth-telling and sometimes there is just no way to know how well a home is maintained. Many people will do surface cleaning and cover-ups just before the sale of the home. As a home inspector there is only so much of a home we can visually inspect.
The services listed are inspections that are outside the scope of a home inspection.
Radon Measurement Test:
As Radon itself decays, it produces its own family of radioactive decay products. These decay products are heavy metals - Polonium, Bismuth and Lead. Radon is chemically inert and does not stick to the lungs when it is ingested. The metallic decay products (which may in some cases be electrically charged) do adhere to the lung surface and when they decay they produce damage to the lung tissue.
Because Radon is a gas, it finds its way easily from the soil gas containing it into the basements of homes. The most common pathways including utility openings, sumps, drains, cracks in the floors, foundations, hollow cement and cinder block foundation walls.
Radon penetration into homes is unpredictable. One house may have very high levels and the neighbor can have little or none. It all has to do with details of the underlying formation and geological detail including fault lines. Radon testing is the only way to know if your house is safe. Get more information from the
Wood Destroying Insect Inspection:
Some neighborhoods in our area have a high incidence of termites with as many as one out of five houses having active or previous infestations. Termites are difficult to find since they live in the soil and only enter the structure to feed. These insects do not like to be exposed to light or dry air so they eat within the wood and rarely break the surface, making them all the more difficult to spot. In most homes the owners are not aware of their presence.
Carpenter ants can occur in any home and are generally drawn in by favorable conditions such as damp, decayed wood.
Powder post beetles are primarily a pest of older homes but will infest newer homes if damp wood is available.
All of these insects prefer damp habitats. Therefore your best protection against wood destroying insects is to keep your framing clean and dry. Eliminating basement and crawlspace moisture is critical as well as maintaining leak proof roof flashings. In addition eliminating wood/.soil contact at such places as basement window frames and where planters are installed against the side of the house is necessary. Taking precautions such as these, along with monitoring for insect activity will help to guard your house against insect damage.
The only way to effectively evaluate the internal elements of a chimney is to conduct an internal video scan using specialized equipment. The camera is the only way to locate problems like deteriorated linings and open cavities/separations that invite creosote and/or oil residue buildup. These conditions create a dangerous environment and increase the risk of a fire and/or carbon-monoxide leakage.
National Fire Safety Standard - NFPA 211 - Disclosure. A Level 2 chimney inspection is required when changes are made to the system. Changes can include a change in the fuel type, change to the shape of or material in the flue (I.E. re-lining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency. Additionally, a Level 2 internal inspection is required upon the sale and/or transfer of a property or after an operating malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. Building fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that this level of inspection is warranted. A Level 2 inspection is a more in-depth inspection than a Level 1 inspection.
Since most defects are considered structural and may have serious safety consequences, the cost to re-line the chimney may be negotiable with the seller. In any event, an internal chimney inspection must be conducted to help ensure the safety of your family.
The most complete inspections use a digital camera in conjunction with a dye test. A septic inspection is not complete unless the inspection is performed by an experienced and certified inspector. In addition, a complete inspection should include pumping the system, which should be performed at the time of inspection.
In addition, should the tank fail the test, the current homeowner, will be responsible, not the home buyer. If you take ownership of the home before testing the tank, and the tank is proven to be faulty, you will be responsible for cleanup.
How can molds affect your health? The most common types of mold are generally not hazardous to healthy individuals. However, infants, people with asthma, hay fever or other allergies, or those who have weakened immune systems are more likely to react to mold.
Common reactions to mold include runny nose, eye irritations, cough, congestion and aggravation of asthma. A small percentage of the population can develop more serious effects, such as fevers and breathing difficulties. In rare instances, some types of mold can cause more serious health problems.
Lead and Lead Paint Inspection:
Lead can be found; in homes in the city, country, or suburbs. In apartments, single-family homes, and both private and public housing. Inside and outside of the house. In soil around a home. (Soil can pick up lead from exterior paint, or other sources such as past use of leaded gas in cars). Household dust. (Dust can pick up lead from deteriorating lead-based paint or from soil tracked into a home).
Lead could be in drinking water. Your home might have plumbing with lead or lead solder. Call your local health department or water supplier to find out about testing your water. You cannot see, smell, or taste lead, and boiling your water will not get rid of lead. If you think your plumbing might have lead in it: Use only cold water for drinking and cooking. Run water for 15 to 30 seconds before drinking it, especially if you have not used your water for a few hours.
We may come in contact with lead in many ways: If you work with lead, you could bring it home on your hands or clothes. Shower and change clothes before coming home. Launder your work clothes separately from the rest of your family's clothes. Old painted toys and furniture. Food and liquids stored in lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery or porcelain. Lead smelters or other industries that release lead into the air. Hobbies that use lead, such as making pottery or stained glass, or refinishing furniture. Folk remedies that contain lead, such as "greta" and "azarcon" used to treat an upset stomach.
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