Mold and Moisture
A mold problem in your home will affect people 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 about 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 your poor indoor air quality. If you believe you have an issue with mold, they also provide you information about cleanup and prevention methods that you can use. If you are still not sure, please give me a call to schedule an IAQ consultation. We then can help you identify the source of your indoor air problem with a moisture intrusion inspection and if needed, air sampling with third party laboratory results. These inspections will be performed in accordance with the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Quality Consultants and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors standards.
Radon Gas Testing (Free test kits from the State of Missouri)
Radon Gas is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer next to smoking. To find out more about Radon, please visit the EPA Radon and the Missouri DHSS Radon pages to learn more of the hazards that radon poses to your family. We believe in giving our customers the best home inspection at the best price that we can. The State of Missouri will now provide homeowners with a Free Radon Test kit. The State of Missouri has recognized this and is now handing out these kits for free. If you are interested, please follow this link to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website to get your Free Radon Test Kit. If you are not sure how to perform the test, we can assist you. During your general home inspection, we will indicate the best location to place the testing device. You can follow this link Radon Test Kit Instructions to learn how to perform the test once you receive it. If you have any other questions, please visit this InterNACHI page on Radon.
Pools and Spas
If your buying a home with a pool or a spa, it is important to have an inspection performed before you put it to use. Many people have never owned a pool or spa and are not familiar with the local regulations, insurance requirements or the dangers that may arise. Click on any of these pool related subjects, Pool Safety, Pool Water Pathogens, Pool Barriers to find out more. We can perform an inspection of the pool equipment , water and operations while doing your general home inspection for an additional fee.
Septic System Inspections (State Licensed)
Septic Inspections performed by Show Me Soils and include: Determining exactly what type of Onsite System the site has and the functionality of the mechanical components; Determine the size of the tanks and pumping systems and the dispersal Systems including: Conventional Field, Low Pressure Pipe, Drip Irrigation, Mounds and At Grade Systems and Set back distances determined during inspection; and Research the history of the Onsite Septic System
Wood Destroying Organisms (Termites and Pests)
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 Pesticides, Termites, Ants, Cockroaches, Wood Peckers or Rodents. If you feel that you have an infestation problem, please give us a call and we can set up an interview and inspection.