Potential problems lurking around the home

RADON

Radon, a radioactive gas, is contained within soil. It can seep into homes and commercial buildings through leeks in basements and is especially prevalent in buildings that are not ventilated properly. If not dealt with, radon can spread throughout a home and harm its inhabitants. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and is responsible for 2,900 deaths of non-smokers every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

MOLD

Exposure to mold can also cause homeowners significant difficulties. A 2004 Institute of Medicine (IOM) study found mold could cause home dwellers significant breathing problems.  Mold can also exacerbate asthma symptoms and lead to ongoing respiratory illnesses in children.  As part of a home inspection, an experienced professional can conduct mold testing to identify mold occurrences and potential problem spots where water may infiltrate a building. They can also inform homeowners about cheap and efficient solutions, such as cleaning using a bleach compound. Homeowners can prevent future mold occurrences by keeping the humidity in their homes low and by ventilating their homes as much as possible.

SEPTIC SYSTEMS

Because septic systems are contained underground, most homeowners are unaware of problems with their systems until they fail. The cost of replacing a septic system can be as much as $15,000, and failure of a septic system can disrupt the daily operations of a household.

As part of a home inspection, an experienced professional can conduct mold testing to identify mold occurrences and potential problem spots where water may infiltrate a building. They can also inform homeowners about cheap and efficient solutions, such as cleaning using a bleach compound. Homeowners can prevent future mold occurrences by keeping the humidity in their homes low and by ventilating their homes as much as possible.

A home inspector can also complete a non-invasive analysis of a struggling septic system to identify potential problem areas. They can also provide suggestions to the homeowner to maintain the quality of their system, such as regularly pumping the septic tank.

WELL WATER

Home buyers whose properties are served by well water need to test that the water purity is satisfactory and healthy.  In addition, homebuyers are typically required to have water quality testing as a condition to mortgage approval.   Alban inspectors are accredited to collect water in all local States.  All laboratories utilized by Alban are nationally accredited.