Environmental Checks

Is your home really safe?

Your home is your castle, and if you are getting sick more frequently; uncomfortable in certain rooms or anything of that sort, then you want to do something about it fast. We can sit down and prepare a plan of attack, which will include initial and final testing, remediation or mitigation services if required and if necessary, any medical issues can then be properly attended to.

With an IAQ check,  we can determine if you have a mold issue. Mold, mildew and other related problems are generally caused by moisture intrusion. Any current or past water leaks, no matter how small in the home can be the culprit for fungi or mold growth.

Radon gas cannot be seen and is odorless and yet it is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking. A Radon Check is easy to do and is not a wallet-breaking event.

A Termite or Wood Destroying Organism problem can negatively affect the wooden structural members of your home. A WDO check is included with your home inspection and is recommended to be performed again every few years to ensure that the structure of your home is sound. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”!

Indoor Air Quality Checks

A mold problem in your home will affect everyone differently. In some cases, it will be similar to allergic reactions which may include hay fever-type symptoms; such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. If you are not sure that you have an issue with mold, here are a few web pages you can visit to learn the basics of allergens and mold. The EPA Indoor Air Quality pages and the Missouri DHSS Indoor Air Quality pages have very useful information on how to identify the source of poor indoor air quality.

If you believe you have an issue with mold, the first thing to look for is a moisture issue. High moisture contents in building materials are a fantastic breeding ground for mold spores. Have you had any recent plumbing issues or repairs or are there foundation issues that need to be addressed? If you are still not sure, please give me a call to schedule an indoor air quality consultation. We then can help you identify the source of your indoor air problem with a moisture check and if needed, air sampling with third-party laboratory results. Once the results are completed a remediation plan can begin.

Radon Checks

Radon Gas is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer next to smoking. You can visit the EPA Radon and the Missouri DHSS Radon pages to learn more about the hazards that radon poses to your family. You can’t see it or smell it. The only way to know if it there is to test for it. Take care of your family and have the testing completed. A radon check will only take a few hours to complete.  If the results are above normal, it not the end of the world. Radon mitigation is in no way as expensive as the treatment for lung cancer.

Wood Destroying Organisms

Wood is a biological material. If protected from moisture and insect attack, it can last for centuries. On the other hand, the cost nationwide for termite damage alone is over 1 billion dollars each year. If you are not sure what to look for, click on any of the following to find out more information on Termites, Carpenter Ants, Carpenter BeesPowder Post Beetles, or Rodents. If you feel that you have an infestation problem, please give me a call and we can set up an interview and inspection. During your home check, I will perform a non-invasive Termite check. I will be looking for distinctive signs throughout the home and property for termites and other wood destroying insects. Findings will be reported on form NPMA-33 which is required by most lending institutions. If indications are found, I do not perform control operations. I highly recommend that you have a WDO control company further investigate the areas and eliminate the insects.

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