Warranty Home Inspection
If you recently bought a new home and are reaching the end of your 12 month builder warranty, you may want to consider getting a warranty home inspection. Our team inspects your home's mechanical and structural systems to ensure that the home remains structurally sound and that the mechanical systems are functioning properly. We provide you with a comprehensive report of noted deficiencies which allows you to take advantage of the builder's warranty (to correct the issues) before it expires.
What are the risks of living with radon?
The EPA reports that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, leading to approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Because radon gas is tasteless, odorless, and can't be seen, the only way to know the radon levels in a home is to get it tested.
How does radon get into your home?
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium and is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation, where it is then trapped inside and builds up.
In association with Radalink (the national leading radon testing resource) we will test for radon in your home using our AirCat Continuous Radon Monitor. The test takes several days to complete and results are uploaded to Radalink for analysis. A report is then generated and promptly delivered electronically. The EPA states that radon levels above 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter of air) are considered unsafe and should be lowered through the use of a mitigation system. Even though the EPA states that no level of radon can be considered safe, the average indoor radon level is estimated to be about 1.3 pCi/L. With a mitigation system in place, there will still always be some level of radon in the home.
Corrosive (Chinese) Drywall
Which homes are at risk?
Homes built as early as 2001 have been found to contain this toxic drywall, however the majority of Florida cases are occurring in homes built during 2004 to 2006. This was due to the housing boom that led to millions of pounds of defective drywall being imported in to the U.S. An estimated 36,000 homes in Florida are believed to contain the defective drywall.
What are the issues with corrosive drywall?
The compounds that the drywall is made out of causes corrosion of electrical wiring and copper throughout the home, deterioration of HVAC systems and appliances, and serious health problems, including: respiratory irritation, eye irritation, headaches, nose bleeds, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
How do I find out if my home has corrosive drywall?
The detection method consists of removing a sample of drywall from the home, documenting it with a chain of custody, and sending it to a laboratory for analysis. This type of inspection produces the most accurate results and can start at $895 to complete.
The documentation method consists of visibly inspecting and photographing exposed metal components to document the extent of their exposure to corrosive vapor. This method is subjective as different levels of exposure will cause different levels of discoloration and corrosion, and can start at $150 to complete.