We provide a continuous monitor testing service for radon for a minimum of 48 hrs as this is the most reliable test that can be made. Static test kits sold online or at hardware stores simply record the highest level of radon in 48 hrs. This can be highly inaccurate because radon can fluctuate dramatically in 48 hrs so if the static test registers high readings I recommend getting it retested with a continuous monitor before any remediation actions are made. Radon is a chemical element. It is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas, occurring naturally as the decay product of uranium. It is one of the densest substances that remains a gas under normal conditions and is considered to be a health hazard due to its radioactivity. Due to its intense radioactivity, it has been less well-studied by chemists, but a few compounds are known.
Radon is formed as part of the normal radioactive decay chain of uranium. Uranium has been around since the earth was formed and its most common isotope has a very long half-life (4.5 billion years). Uranium, radium, and thus radon, will continue to occur for millions of years at about the same concentrations as they do now.
Radon is responsible for the majority of the public exposure to ionizing radiation. It is often the single largest contributor to an individual’s background radiation dose, and is the most variable from location to location. Radon gas from natural sources can accumulate in buildings, especially in confined areas such as attics, and basements. It can also be found in some spring waters and hot springs.
Epidemiological studies shows a clear link between breathing high concentrations of radon and incidence of lung cancer. Thus, radon is considered a significant contaminant that affects indoor air quality worldwide. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking, causing 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States.
Mold and Indoor Air Quality Tests
We perform two types of tests for mold. The first test is an indoor air quality test that measures for mold spore gases or MVOC’s. Mold spore gases pass through walls and may be detected with this type of test if mold is active behind the substrate. If mold is growing between substrates the spores may not pass through so a typical mold spore test may not detect it unless holes are made in the walls which most inspectors cannot do unless you own the home. We also offer the traditional mold spore air testing as well following the IAQ2 guidelines for mold tests.
Indoor Air Quality – testing and solution
A lack of ventilation indoors concentrates air pollution where people often spend the majority of their time (90%). Radon (Rn) gas, a carcinogen, is exuded from the Earth in certain locations and trapped inside houses. Building materials including carpeting and plywood emit formaldehyde (H2CO) gas. Paint and solvents give off volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as they dry. Lead paint can degenerate into dust and be inhaled. Intentional air pollution is introduced with the use of air fresheners, incense, and other scented items. Controlled wood fires in stoves and fireplaces can add significant amounts of smoke particulates into the air, inside and out. Indoor pollution fatalities may be caused by using pesticides and other chemical sprays indoors without proper ventilation
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and fatalities are often caused by faulty vents and chimneys, or by the burning of charcoal indoors. Chronic carbon monoxide poisoning can result even from poorly adjusted pilot lights. Traps are built into all domestic plumbing to keep sewer gas, hydrogen sulfide, out of interiors. Clothing emits tetrachloroethylene, or other dry cleaning fluids, for days after dry cleaning.
Though its use has now been banned in many countries, the extensive use of asbestos in industrial and domestic environments in the past has left a potentially very dangerous material in many localities. Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory medical condition affecting the tissue of the lungs. It occurs after long-term, heavy exposure to asbestos from asbestos-containing materials in structures. Sufferers have severe dyspnea (shortness of breath) and are at an increased risk regarding several different types of lung cancer. As clear explanations are not always stressed in non-technical literature, care should be taken to distinguish between several forms of relevant diseases. According to the World Health Organization, these may defined as; asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma (generally a very rare form of cancer, when more widespread it is almost always associated with prolonged exposure to asbestos).
Biological sources of air pollution are also found indoors, as gases and airborne particulates. Pets produce dander, people produce dust from minute skin flakes and decomposed hair, dust mites in bedding, carpeting and furniture produce enzymes and micrometre-sized fecal droppings, inhabitants emit methane, mold forms in walls and generates mycotoxins and spores, air conditioning systems can incubate Legionnaires’ disease and mold, and houseplants, soil and surrounding gardens can produce pollen, dust, and mold. Indoors, the lack of air circulation through ventilation allows these airborne pollutants to accumulate more than they would otherwise occur in nature. This is why the EPA has found that the indoor air pollution is 7 times higher than the outdoor air
The World Health Organization states that 2.4 million people die each year from causes directly attributable to air pollution, with 1.5 million of these deaths attributable to indoor air pollution. Epidemiological studies suggest that more than 500,000 Americans die each year from cardiopulmonary disease linked to breathing fine particle air pollution.
Indoor air quality testing is available for MVOC’s and VOC’s with the Home Air Check test mentioned on the home page. With this test the CO and combustible gases are tested in the home as well.
The solution to poor indoor air quality as mentioned above is controlled and proper ventilation of contaminants from the home. Please go to the EZ Breathe page on this website for more information and for a link to the EZ Breathe website. Call me for pricing and installation.
Traditional Home Inspections
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Our inspections are performed to the highest standards exceeding ASHI and NACHI requirements. Electrical analysis of the main panel, sub panels and outlets are provided. Testing for CO2 and combustible gas leaks around the furnace, water heater, registers, and gas lines, as well as proper installation of HVAC and plumbing are performed. Water testing, pressure, supply, venting and size are determined for plumbing. Structural observations are made of the foundation and attic areas. Insulation and ventilation are determined to be adequate or not, plus much, much more. Inspection prices are based on square footage of a home, please see the price list page for costs.
Two types of Meth testing may be performed. The first type is an air test to determine if any of the chemical gases used in meth are in the home as part of the Home Air Check air test. The second test is a swab test of a 1,000 cm2 area of the home concentrating on the cool air returns, kitchens, baths and the garage.
Thermal Infrared Scans
Using Infrared Camera Technology to Detect Insulation Voids
The modern homeowner has more reasons than ever to desire a well-insulated house. First, there is the question of comfort; a well-insulated home, warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Secondly, there is a financial incentive, because fixing leaky, gap-filled insulation can save homeowners hundreds of dollars a year that were being wasted on gas or electricity bills. Finally, as more people worry about going “green,” they seek the comfort of knowing that their energy-efficient home is good for the environment. Reliable insulation is necessary for meeting all of those goals.
Fortunately, there is a quick and easy way of drastically improving the insulation of your home, and that is checking for insulation voids. These are locations in your home where the insulation was improperly installed, or has shifted over time, resulting in gaps where there is no or little insulation. Checking for and fixing these problems is cheaper than changing the insulation of your entire house, and can have a significant impact on your heating and cooling bills â€“ and infrared cameras are the easiest way to do this.
An infrared camera, or thermal imaging camera, is a form of “non-contact temperature measurement”. Normal cameras, which are a form of visual imaging, use the visible wavelengths of light to create an image of what we see when we look at an object. Infrared or thermographic cameras, on the other hand, use longer wavelengths of light to record an image that shows what temperature an object is. The infrared camera is not a thermometer, and does not directly measure temperature, but the infrared energy that it does detect provides information about the temperatures of the item. The range of colors in an infrared image show a range of temperatures: this shows the “thermal pattern” of an object or area and provides helpful data about the temperatures ranges present in that area.
An infrared camera, followed by selective visual inspection and insulation repair, is the easiest and best way to find and fix insulation voids. Compared to practices of the past, like visual inspection of the entire house, and smoke and blower tests for air leakage, the use of an infrared camera is cheaper, less time consuming, less invasive, and more precise. Also, unlike any of these other systems, the infrared camera can provide data not only on the location of the void, but also about the extent of the problem. The different colors of the image show which leaks are losing the most thermal energy, which can help determine which voids or gaps should be filled first for the maximum benefit.
There are many benefits of thermography to fix insulation voids in houses. It is a completely non-invasive procedure: to determine if there are voids in the external insulation of a home, the technician may not even need to enter the house, and no walls will need to be removed unless a void has specifically been detected. It is also quick, accurate, and very specific about the location and extent of the problems. It can also help treat other problems at the same time, by providing information about windows, ducts, equipment, and other potential flaws in the home. Homeowners with any interest in increasing the comfort of their homes, decreasing their bills, and reducing their energy consumption should certainly consider having an infrared camera technician look for insulation voids in their home. This non-invasive, quick and accurate inspection is the best way to find gaps in insulation, so that they can be repaired and improve the quality of life for the home’s occupants.
Your Inspection Pros offer a Thermal Imaging Scan for a cost of $60 to $150.00 with a Home inspection.
100.00 minimum charge without a home inspection.
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