You can’t see radon. And you can’t smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It is a radioactive gas and comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils.
It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Radon from soil gas is the main cause of radon problems. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels.
You should test for radon. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. Testing is inexpensive and easy. You can fix a radon problem. Radon reduction systems work and they are not too costly. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
Wood Destroying Insect Inspection (WDI)
This is an examination of the structure to determine the presence of any wood destroying insects. This service is typically performed at the same time as the general inspection and is performed by a third party state licensed inspection company.
Several types of insects damage or infest wood and wood products. This damage occurs over a long time (months). With few exceptions, the common denominator for this activity is excessive wood moisture levels. This moisture can be due to roof leaks, plumbing leaks, unvented crawl spaces and attics, or construction defects such as wood soil contact. Do not panic and seek an immediate remedy. Take your time to accurately identify the pest, and to assess the amount of actual and potential damage.
Gas Safety Inspections
A gas inspection checks your natural gas system to ensure all appliances, fireplace, etc. are working properly. Some municipalities require this so check with your local city hall.
A gas safety check involves inspecting your gas appliances. They will check the appliance is working correctly and will check the following four areas: Gas appliances are on the right setting and burning correctly with the correct operating pressure.
Sewer Lateral Inspections
A lateral line is the private sewer line, sometimes called a house tap or building sewer, that connects your home to the public sewer system. Waste water from your toilets, sinks, showers, washing machines travels through your lateral line to the public (or mainline) sewer system which carries it to the nearest waste water plant for treatment.
The line is inspected by pushing a snake cable with a high tech camera attached to the end of it from a stack inside or outside your home to the city's main line. The inspector captures the action live on a monitor and records the entire process on DVD while the scope is taking place.
Lateral line blockages are most often caused by excessive buildups of grease (a result of pouring cooking grease and fat down the kitchen sink) and tree roots that have grown into the sewer pipe typically causing offsets, cracks and on rare occasions crushing the pipe all together.
In some cases the city may pick up the bill. Most cities will only entertain your claim when presented with a lateral sewer report and a DVD which you will receive from the inspector on the day of inspection.
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