How is the Radon In Your Home?

Radon TestingHow is the radon level in your home? I know it seems like a strange question to ask, but it is still important to know.

Every year the EPA reports thousands of radon related deaths – thousands. The primary issue that radon causes is lounge cancer. But how does it do this?

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from decomposing uranium in the earth. As uranium decomposes it becomes radium, the radon, then it becomes two types of polonium. Generally, it is those two types of polonium that actually affect your health. As you breath in the polonium it attaches itself to your lounge cells, causing mutation – and cancer.

That being said, mitigation is relatively easy, and the testing is even easier. So contact us today for your comprehensive radon test.

 

A Properly Built Deck

Deck

A properly built deck is nothing to look over. Recently in California 6 people sadly died in a deck collapse. Fortunately, for the most part, deck collapses can be avoided by regularly checking and inspecting your deck. Here are a few things to look for:

  • Make sure the ledger board is secured to the home with lag bolts
  • Test the railing – really push and pull on them (safely of course) to make sure they are secure
  • make sure the posts rest on secure concrete footings and not the ground
  • Regularly check for wood rot and other issues
  • And, of course, be sure to have it properly inspected!

New Home Inspections

New Home Inspections

Are you building a new home and wondering if you should get a home inspection on it? Many people wonder the same thing. For some, they feel that the code enforcer’s inspection is enough. But is it really?

Consider what “code” is. It is not a high standard to which everyone is required to build to, it is actually a minimum to which people are required to build to. And unlike a home inspector, the code enforcer works for the municipality and not for you.

So before you move into that new home, contact us for a new home inspection!

New Home Inspections in: Annandale, Arlington, Bristow, Centreville, Dumfries, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredricksburg, Gainesville, Manassas, Mclean, Great Falls, Stafford, Vienna, Warrenton, Woodbridge, Alexandria, and surrounding areas of Virginia!

Mold in The Attic

Mold is a very common thing to find in an attic, and it comes in all sorts of colors (notice the white color of the mold below). Good ventilation in the attic is key to preventing mold issues such as this one.
mold

Home Inspection Service Areas

Many of our clients ask for our Home Inspection Service areas here in Virginia. Well, here it is!

Home Inspections in: Annandale, Arlington, Bristow, Centreville, Dumfries, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredricksburg, Gainesville, Manassas, Mclean, Great Falls, Stafford, Vienna, Warrenton, Woodbridge, Alexandria, and surrounding areas of Virginia!

Don’t see your area here? Call us, and we will be happy to help!

Home Inspection Picture – Filter

IMG_5117In this month’s home inspection picture we see a filter. Simple, right? While simple, it is one of the most neglected maintenance items in the home. Make sure that you regularly change your filters to have clean air in your home!

Home Inspections in Bristow VA

Home Inspections – Bristow

Home Inspections in Bristow VA – As I type those words I think of all of the home inspectors who have come and gone over the years. Home inspectors here in Bristow tend to think that home inspections are “easy”, but as an experienced home inspector I can tell you nothing could be further from the truth!

I have had many people on the opposite side of a transaction tell me that my home inspecitons are “too thorough”, but that is a great compliment to me, and I have never heard that from one of my clients! I believe that your home inspector should work hard, and be willing to “get dirty” to provide you with the best home inspection in Bristow VA!

That being said, contact me today and I will be happy to give you a reliable and thorough home inspection!