Radon is estimated to cause 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA's 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. You can't smell it or taste it. The only way to tell if there is a radon gas problem in the home is to have it tested. It is in the Buyer’s & Seller's best interest to insist this test be performed prior to selling and closing on the home, so if there is a problem it can be fixed. www.epa.gov/radon
According to the World Health Organization mold is a health hazard.
Molds are organisms that may be found indoors and outdoors. They are part of the natural environment and play an important role by breaking down and digesting organic material.
The health concerns are for pregant mothers, children, elderly and those with compromised immune systems (such as those with asthma and ephacema)
The U.S. Government EPA says: “Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods, and interpreting results. Our Inspector is an Indoor Air Consultant (1AC2 Certified® ) and InterNACHI® Mold Certified Inspector
According to an analysis of more than 140,000 public water systems published by The Guardian in February reported that millions of people in the U.S. are drinking water that fails to meet federal health standards, including limits for dangerous contaminants. Almost every sample [Consumer Reports] tested had measurable levels of arsenic, a common groundwater contaminant. Lead typically works its way into drinking water through lead pipes leading to homes and/or may have lead pipes in the home's plumbing. https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/arsenic-lead-toxic-chemicals-tap-water/?utm_source=salsa&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=9af36675-e8d3-4040-a6be-abcb46990996
If the home you are buying has a well supplying water to the home for the purpose of drinking, bathing and washing clothes, you should have a well production test performed to ensure the well can produce a minimum of 3 gallons of water per minute, continuously, and for a minimum time period of 30 minutes.
We will recommend the well be further evaluated by a Certified Well Expert if the well fails to produce the residential well industry standard of 3 gallons per minute.
Further referenced text and graphics: www.inspectapedia.com/water/well_flow_testr.php
Without the use of an infrared camera a home inspector cannot detect problem
areas in the home such as electrical hot spots, moisture intrusion and energy loss.
Thermography uses specially designed still camera to make images (called thermograms) that show surface heat variations . In addition . . . you should
have a scan done before purchasing a house; even new houses can have defects in the thermal envelopes". www.energy.gov/energysaver/thermographic-inspections
Our Inspector is trained in residential Infrared thermography (Infrared imaging) to detect these problem areas. When he finds problem areas he will include pictures taken with an infrared camera and write a written detailed description of the problem and make a recommendation on how to fix it.
Typically detached garages, unfinished basements and crawlspaces all take extra
time to inspect due to several factors associated with each structural system. The main concern for any structure is moisture intrusion:
We do not perform septic system Inspections since there are experts in the field that are very good at what they do. We therefore highly recommend a septic system inspection, especially if the septic tank has not been vacuumed out in over 2 years. We will make a referral on request.
We perform a limited non-invasive visual inspection of chimneys according to InterNACHI's SOP. According to the Chimney Institute of America (CSIA), "a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of property, or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney". www.csia.org/inspections.htlm A Level 2 inspection is beyond the scope of our home inspections, and we will therefore recommend further evaluation of a chimney be perfromed by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep ®