Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that is a known carcinogen. The gas comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. The gas typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Exposure to elevated levels of radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon gas is present in all homes at some level. The only way to be sure what the level is in your home is to test for it. Since radon gas levels fluctuate with the season and weather conditions it is recommended that repeat testing be done annually. EPA recommends homes be fixed if the radon level is 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) or more. Because there is no known safe level of exposure to radon, EPA also recommends that Americans consider fixing their home for radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. The average radon concentration in the indoor air of America’s homes is about 1.3 pCi/L.
Wood Destroying Insect
A WDO is an Inspection for Wood Destroying Organisms. This inspection is more commonly referred to as a termite inspection. It’s called a WDO because termites are not the only wood destroying organisms in the world. The inspector will point out conducive conditions that could lead to a new termite infestation, or support an existing termite infestation, including firewood and other debris stored against the home, wood siding contact with the soil, and grade that does not slope away from the foundation. Other potential concerns may include mulching materials, landscape timbers and deteriorated wood in the home’s vicinity. The WDO inspector will provide detailed reports on the condition of the home, including notations of structural damage related to termites and other WDOs
Well Flow Test
well flow test is a test to determine if the well has enough water to supply a family of 4 people living in a house. Additionally, a well flow test determines if there is a problem with the well or its associated equipment such as the pump and storage tank that requires further evaluation or repair by a professional well contractor. The well flow test consists of running water from a bath tub or from a exterior hose bib, for a period of time. Typically FHA standards are used, which consists of running the well for 1-hour at the rate of 3 gallons per minutes. Measurements are taken every 15 minutes to calculate an average flow rate. The well flow test does not guaranty or warranty the well, or the condition of the well or related components. It is intended to determine the condition present at the time of the inspection and testing. The only test that does this is a “recovery test”, which is performed by a qualified well contractor
Water Quality Testing
Water quality testing is recommended in any home with a private well or where lead water supply lines may be present. There are many possible water contaminates that may be in the drinking water at your home. Contaminates such as coliform bacteria, lead, nitrites, nitrates and other organic and inorganic material. What to test for is generally determined by the area the home is in and specifically what types if business and industry might be or has been present. All water quality testing is performed at St. Peter Bender Laboratory located in Albany New York.
New Construction Warranty Inspection
To protect yourself before your home warranty expires, North Star Home Inspections will inspect your new house prior to your final walk through with the Builder’s Customer Service Representative and at the 11 month of ownership.
You will receive a complete documented inspection report that details the defects within your new house. This document shall be used as your talking points when discussing with your builder what items should be considered for repair prior to expiration of your new home warranty.