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Radon Gas Testing
Radon is a radioactive gas that is undetectable by sight, taste, and smell. Radon is a carcinogen that causes lung cancer. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to cigarette smoking and is the number one environmental cause of cancer in the world. Women are at greater risk of being effected by radon. If you are exposed to radon frequently and you also smoke cigarettes you are at an extreme risk for lung cancer. Each particle of radon has a lifespan of about 4 days but since the particles are constantly replenished from the Earth the level that is in your home will typically stay the same until treatment takes place
Radon is a natural gas that is found in the earth’s soil and underground water, it is formed by the natural radioactive decay of uranium. Radon that is present under your foundation can enter your home in many ways, it can come up through the foundation no matter what form (eg. slab on grade, basement, or on a crawl space). Radon comes through cracks in your foundation, it comes in through sump systems, through low lying windows in a basement, through your well water supply, as well as many other ways. The level of radon will be higher in the basement or on the ground level of your home as it is closer to the source.
Any amount of radon being inhaled regularly is harmful, according to the EPA 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter of air) is the point where mitigation is necessary. The radon gas attaches itself to dust and other particles in the air and circulates throughout the rest of your home and is inhaled by everyone that is present. Radon is a carcinogen that causes cancer, specifically to the lungs and can happen in as little as just 4 years if enough of it is present.
The most effective radon testing is currently done by collecting air samples that pass through your home through a monitor that records hourly readings. We use a device that is very accurate, not only does it record hourly readings but it also has many anti-tampering features. When the Radon test is taking place it is recording the counts of Alpha particles in the air but also recording the barometric pressure in the home which will indicate if the home did not meet closed house conditions. Our monitor also has a motion/tilt feature that will report any movement of the device. Our monitors run on both battery and on direct circuit power, if the power goes out or there is no power at the testing site our machines will test for the full 48 hours, but if the monitor is plugged in and someone unplugs it or the power does go out it will be noted on the report. This method leaves virtually no room for error and takes only 48 hours to complete. The testing period is a minimum 48 hour test for a real estate transaction and the results of the test are immediate so there is no waiting around days for the results. The limit that the EPA has designated to be the point where radon will cause significant adverse health related issues is 4.0 pCi/L, going beyond this limit the EPA recommends installation of a mitigation system to remove the radon from your home to help ensure you and your family breathe safe. Any elevated level of radon is considered to be unsafe in long term exposures but the lower the number is, the less effect it has on our body.
Wood Destroying Insect Inspection
During a Structural Inspection, we will take a look at a number of crucial areas in your home:
- Crawl space or basement
- Exterior walls (including all concrete and stucco)
- Interior walls
- Masonry and brickwork (including chimneys)
By inspecting these key areas, we can determine if the home was properly engineered and constructed to handle the weight of anticipated loads. We will also look for signs that the home has been properly maintained.
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General Home Inspection Types
Silver Lining believes the most important aspect of an inspection is to reveal the safety hazards that may be present. Our report and knowledgeable advice will give you the facts to make a confident decision.
Annual Home Inspection
An Annual Home Inspection will provide you with invaluable information regarding the house you are selling or looking to purchase. We, as trained professional home inspectors, offer you first-hand knowledge about the house. Our GHI is based off of a 400 point inspection that includes a checklist of the components of your home, a written narrative of the findings within scope of the inspection and clear descriptive digital photographs that attach to each narrative point.
Buyers Home Inspection
A Buyers Home Inspection is a form of general home inspection for those individuals looking to purchase a house. For this type of inspection the buyer is looking to gain information on a potential purchase. The completion of a professional inspection of your potential dream home is the first and most important investment you will ever make on your home. You will be filled with the expert knowledge of each individual component of the home as well as how each one contributes to the home system, because after all each component effects many others within each system.
Pre-Listing Home Inspection
A Pre-Listing Home Inspection again is another form of a general home inspection, this type of inspection is a great marketing tool for selling your home. Being proactive and requesting a professional inspection prior to listing your home serves the prospective buyers a piece of confidence. This inspection also reassures those individuals that you have nothing to hide when it comes to the home they may make their own. This report also gives you, the current owner the opportunity to make any upgrades or repairs to the home before the home is listed for sale which can provide for a quicker sale and possibly even presents the opportunity to raise the asking price if the changes are significant.
A Commercial Inspection can vary from a large portion of your building, down to just a small section or a single room of the building that has been recently remodeled. This type of inspection is conducted in a similar manner as a general home inspection but limits the inspection to the specific points being requested. This inspection can be reassuring when hiring a contractor that you are not familiar with or if you would just like to ensure the project is being completed in the proper manner. Any issues found can be taken back to the contracting company and could be covered by any warranty and guarantee they offer.
Contractor or New Construction Inspection
A Contractor or New Construction Inspection is an inspection that can vary from a large portion of your home or building, down to just a small section or a single room of the home that has been recently remodeled. This type of inspection is conducted in a similar manner as a general home inspection but limits the inspection to the specific points being requested. This inspection can be reassuring when hiring a contractor that you are not familiar with or if you would just like to ensure the project is being completed in the proper manner. Any issues found can be taken back to the contracting company and could be covered by any warranty and guarantee they offer.
12 Month Warranty Inspection
A 12 Month Warranty Inspection is a priceless tool for new home owners. Most all reputable building companies offer a minimum of a 1-year warranty on the homes they have built, this includes everything from the footer to the flue cap. Such warranty has been proven to save new home owners from being stuck with costly repairs of faulty materials or just prevents builders from getting away with unsatisfactory craftsmanship. If we find anything in the new home that does not meet the Silver Standard and that may constitute a safety concern this report will require the builders to make the repairs on each item at no cost to you.