Home Inspections and Beyond

Home Inspections

My thorough and unbiased home inspections include a well put together report with photographs of noted deficiencies and their location. They meet or exceed the North Carolina standards of practice and by design and are user-friendly. Please read more about the North Carolina standards of practice at this link. The general home inspection includes the major systems and components of the home. This service is available for existing or new built homes, for home buyers (pre-purchase inspections) and for home sellers (pre-listing inspections) and also for end of warranty for new homes (end of warranty inspections).

Home Inspections and Beyond

Mold Inspection and Testing

My mold inspection and testing services are available with or without a home inspection. If you have seen mold-like substances or are concerned about the presence of mold, proper mold inspection and testing which includes air sampling and sending the results to the lab is the only way to determine if mold is present, the types and concentrations of mold, and whether these molds are harmful to your health. I am not just a sample taker. I have a mold certification and experience with water intrusion analysis. I am an independent third-party and do not provide or have any affiliation with mold remediation companies. My interest is your health and well-being. Please read more about mold under the indoor air quality section link.

Home Inspections and Beyond

Radon Testing

Every home in North Carolina is prone to having a level of radon gas and the North Carolina Radon Program recommends that ALL HOMES be tested. According to the NC Radon Program elevated levels have been noted in New Hanover County. Their recommended testing includes apartments, mobile homes, homes with basements, and homes without basements. Among non-smokers, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. As of 2015, nine states required new construction in at least some cases be made radon-resistant, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In 23 states, either state or local (county or municipal) rules require the same. Radon is not regulated in North Carolina.

Real Estate Transactions – It is recommended that testing a home for a real estate transaction be conducted by a certified measurement provider utilizing a continuous radon monitor (CRM). As noted in the Indoor Air Quality section of my website, the use of passive devices, charcoal canisters and others that are purchased at home improvement stores are not recommended because they are in inherently inaccurate  and can be tampered with. The use of a continuous radon monitor is recommended in order to minimize disputes on the test result and manipulation of the CRMs, during the testing period, can be discovered by the hourly data record. A CRM can provide a level of credibility to the data that a DIY kit cannot. Before selling a property, a North Carolina homeowner must disclose if radon has been detected at levels exceeding government safety standards at an address. But otherwise, state law doesn’t require government intervention in preventing or reducing radon exposure. Home Inspections and Beyond only uses continuous radon monitors (CRM) for testing radon in the air. Please read more about radon in the indoor air quality section link.

Home Inspections and Beyond

Gas Leak Testing

Natural gas and propane are flammable and explosive. We have all seen the stories in the news about gas leak explosions. If you have smelled gas or are concerned about gas leaks, I provide testing. Please read more about gas leaks under the indoor air quality link.

Home Inspections and Beyond

Water Testing/Sampling

Generally referring to private wells. According to the Brunswick county department of health the most common private or well water tests are: Potability- which tests for bacteria and minerals. Followed by testing for Nitrates, Chemicals, Pesticides and Petroleum. If you are purchasing a home with a private well, water testing is recommended. I recommend talking to the Brunswick county department of health for any suggestions or known contaminants in the area of the home you are buying.

I understand they provide some type of water testing services. I am not presently offering these services because of the high fees associated with the out of area lab. You can find out more about water testing at this link.

Other subjects of interest including: Do we need to test city water supply?, carbon monoxide CO, and volatile organic compounds VOCs can be found in the indoor air quality link.

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