Lead based paint, radon, contaminated drinking water, asbestos, heating oil tanks, EMF’s and other environmental issues pose potential health and financial risks to homeowners. We will visually inspect your property for environmental hazards. While we may be able to alert you to possible problems, our basic inspections are no substitutes for specialized contaminant testing.
We inspect for these hazards:
- Asbestos: If asbestos is in your home, this is usually NOT a serious problem. The mere presence of asbestos in a home or a building is not hazardous. The danger is that asbestos materials may become damaged over time. Damaged asbestos may release asbestos fibers and become a health hazard. See Asbestos FAQ.
[Source: the American Lung Association, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency]
- Lead: Lead-based paint is the most dangerous source of lead in the home. While it was banned in housing in 1978, lead paint can be still found in and around homes – especially those that have not been well maintained or were poorly renovated. Lead can also be found in varnish, stain, or even some wallpaper preparations. See Lead FAQ.
[Source: Lead Safe Illinois]
- Mold: There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Molds can produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. See Mold FAQ.
- Radon: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the U.S. Radon is a threat to health because it tends to collect in homes, sometimes to very high concentrations. See Radon FAQ.
- Termites and carpenter ants: These pests cause serious damage to wooden structures and posts and can also attack stored food, household furniture, and books. See Pests.
Learn more about potential hazards in our Frequently Asked Questions using the links above.
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