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Home inspections are an essential part of the home buying process, evaluating the home’s condition and identifying any problems areas such as roofing, plumbing, or foundation. Once the inspection is done, you may think that you are free and clear. But have you done an environmental inspection?

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But is your home inspection including environmental inspections?

environmental inspectionIdentify Harmful Materials Such As Mold, Asbestos, & Radon

Environmental inspections of the property are designed to look for problems such as mold, radon, and asbestos, among other things that can be damaging to the occupant’s health, as well as the surrounding environment.

When an environmental inspector goes through a home, they will search for signs of:

Mold

Walking through the home, you notice a musty smell. Is that normal? It could be a sign of mold. The home was built in the

Water damage, humidity, and poor ventilation in the home can encourage the growth of mold in a home, especially in areas like bathrooms and basements. The presence of mold in a home can be dangerous for inhabitants, especially for children, seniors, and those with illness.

A professional mold inspector will test your home for mold, which can include air and surface sampling.

Radon

Chances are many of us have heard stories from friends or family that bought homes and had to either nix a home from their list or push back moving in because radon was detected in the home.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the decay of uranium in soils and is the top cause of lung cancer in the U.S., after smoking. It enters a home through cracks in the foundation and becomes trapped in the home. Radon is mitigated through the installation of a ventilation system that pulls radon out from the home and vents it outside

Asbestos & Lead Paint

If the home was built before the 1980s, you will need an environmental inspection to determine the presence of asbestos, a flame-retardant material and lead paint. These are dangerous materials that can cause health problems with prolonged exposure such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lead poisoning.

If asbestos and/or led is present in the home, negotiate to have it fixed if you are set on the home. Otherwise, you can move on to another property, especially if you have an inspection contingency on the home.

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