Category: Environmental

Asbestos and Home Inspections

Asbestos containing materials may be a concern for some home buyers. Their concern is not unwarranted but their understanding of the hazards associated with asbestos exposure usually comes from class-action lawsuit infomercials. Mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis are all associated with asbestos exposure and the latency period for disease can range from 10-40 years. To […]

Georgia Radon – What You Need to Know

Radon is a cancer causing, radioactive gas. The Surgeon General has warned the radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, killing 21,000 people per year in the United States. You cannot see, smell or taste radon. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. Testing is the […]

How Do I Remove a Birds’ Nest?

Birds are lovely, but they can wreak havoc on your home. From clogging your gutters to blocking vents on your roof for the dryer or stove, damaging your roof, and ruining the paint job on your car. If you’re considering removing a birds’ nest from your Aurora home, you’ll need to follow careful steps. You […]

How to Get Rid of Radon

Radon is an invisible and odorless gas that can cause lung cancer at high saturation levels. It’s caused by the natural breakdown of uranium in water, air, and soil, and is present everywhere in low levels. If radon levels are too high in your home, extended exposure presents a significantly raised risk of developing lung […]

MOLD

This is a huge topic to discuss. The best way to talk about this is to really bring it down to the most basic level of conversation. There are three major inhabitants of this earth. They are animals, plants and fungi. Within those three inhabitants there are hundreds of thousands of species fighting for equal […]

Termite Inspections

First-time buyers have plenty of questions about homeownership, but here’s one that always tops the list: “What damage can termites do to my house?” Termites are tiny pests that consume or live in wood, and they’re one of the biggest threats to property across the country. From roof rafters to windowsills, any wood structure in […]

The Importance of a Thorough Inspection Following a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters are a common occurrence. Be it a tornado, hurricane, mudslide, earthquake, tsunami, wildfire, or some other type, these destructive events can wreak havoc on everything that comes in their path. Often, however,  natural disasters leave behind unseen damage that can be a health hazard to people nearby.  Homes are often seriously compromised in […]

26 Jul

The Story of How Radon was Discovered in Homes

Who is Radio Active Stanely? In January of 1984, Stanely Watras and his young family moved into their new home in Boyerstown, Pennsylvania. Stanely began work at the soon-to-be-operable Limerick Nuclear Power Plant as a construction engineer. A few weeks before the plant began its energy production, they installed radiation detectors at the exterior doors. […]

What is a Crawl Space?

A crawl space is similar to a basement. While most crawl spaces are between two and three feet high, they aren’t necessarily defined by how tall they are, and could be just as tall as a basement. The primary difference between a crawl space and a basement is that, unlike basements, crawl spaces vent to […]