Environmental Concerns

Environmental Checklist

Environmental concerns around the home are a growing concern among homeowners these days. It's not that these concerns are new, but there is a growing awareness about the potential toxicity around the home, and the dangers that they can cause. Many homes won't have these concerns; however some older homes do carry potential dangers when it comes to environmental concerns. It's wise to have your home tested for potential environmental threats to keep your and your family as safe as possible. InspectorNick.com can provide testing for radon gas, asbestos and lead-based paint during our home inspections.

Radon Gas Testing

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium in the soil. Pretty much all homes have some radon present, a radon test can be performed to determine if the level of radon present around your home is higher than what is considered safe. If the radon level is too high, a radon reduction system will need to be installed.

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Lead Based Paint Testing

In homes built before 1978, lead based paint may be present in your home. Generally, if the lead based paint is in good condition, it is not a hazard. However, if the paint is cracking or peeling, you may have a safety hazard. Lead dust or lead paint chips carry harmful toxins, and especially for children. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), children exposed to lead-based paint may absorb the toxins more rapidly and be at risk for slowed growth, hearing problems, hyperactivity, headaches and even possible brain and nervous system damage. InspectorNick.com offers lead testing for your home so you can identify any potential risks around your home.

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Asbestos Testing

Asbestos in the Home

In older homes built over 30 years ago, asbestos was used in many types of insulation and other building materials. Even in older homes, the materials are still in good condition and not releasing fibers; thus posing no harm to those occupying the residence. However, if the materials are in poor shape and releasing fibers into the air, there is a potential hazard. Asbestos exposure has been linked to several tragic side-effects and even fatalities, and must be handled properly. If your home has materials containing asbestos, you need to have it removed or repaired by a professional contractor specializing in asbestos cleanup. InspectorNick.com is a licensed, experienced home inspector that can safely and thoroughly inspect your home for asbestos.

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