A non-invasive, visual examination of accessible areas, systems, and components of a property at the time of the inspection. Per Illinois state law, the scope of the inspection, describing limitations & exclusions, shall be in a written agreement between the inspection & client, prior to inspection. Iowa does not currently have license requirements for inspectors. The attached sample report is a collection of findings and pictures from various inspections for example purposes only and does not represent a complete inspection report.
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According to the EPA, "Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Radon is inert, colorless and odorless. Radon gas becomes trapped indoors after it enters buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the United States."
The only safe level of radon gas is NO radon gas. The US EPA has set an action level of 4.0pCi/L. At or above this level the EPA recommends you take corrective measures to reduce your exposure. This does not imply that a level below 4.0pCi/L is considered safe or acceptable. While short-term testing for real estate transactions is approved, it only provides a snapshot of radon levels at that time. long-term tests are recommended and provide a better picture of radon levels in the home.
Link to EPA site regarding radon: https://www.epa.gov/radon
Water quality testing is a simple test that checks a homes water supply for contaminants and pollutants. Some mortgage lenders require water quality testing with private wells, usually testing for e.coli and coliform. Some tests may take longer due to specific contaminant being tested.
Water testing will require access to water source prior to filtration or cleaning systems. EPA link to water information: https://www.epa.gov/water
Mold is everywhere, indoors & out. Molds will grow in places with a lot of moisture such as around leaks in roofs, windows or pipes, leaky basements, etc. Molds can enter your home through doorways, windows, vents and heating & air conditioning systems. it can also attach itself to clothing, shoes & pets. Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects or none at all. Some people are sensitive to mold, causing symptoms like stuffy nose, wheezing, and red itchy eyes. People with asthma or immune-related conditions may have more intense reactions. If problem levels of mold are found in an air quality test, always check with your Doctor if you have health concerns.
Tips to prevent mold growth: