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Radon Testing

Always test for radon when buying a new home. Use an unbiased and top professional service for reliable results. You should retest your home every 2 to 5 years. The EPA recommends regular testing even for homes built to be radon-resistant. Save the test results so you can monitor any changes. Test for radon before and after any major renovations such as building an addition or finishing a basement. Radon-resistant techniques can be inexpensive and included as part of the renovation. You should also perform a radon test after buying a new heating system or adding central air conditioning.

The soil. Radon is produced from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. Uranium breaks down to radium. As radium disintegrates it turns into a radioactive gas … radon. As a gas, radon moves up through the soil and into the air you breathe.

While radon is present everywhere, and there is no known, safe level, your greatest exposure is where it can concentrate – indoors. And where you spend most of your time – at home.  Your home can be old or new, well-sealed or drafty, and with or without a basement.

Since radon is produced from soil, it is present nearly everywhere. Because soil is porous, radon gas is able to move up through the dirt and rocks and into the air, we breathe. If allowed to accumulate, radon becomes a health concern. Two components that affect how much radon will accumulate in a home are pathways and air pressure. These components will differ from home to home.

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Water Testing

Few things can affect the health of your family as much as your water. You drink it, cook with it, clean with it, and shower in it. But we don’t really know what’s in our water unless we get it tested. The cause for concern is greater than ever, with so many new chemicals going into our water supply. Ask for the water testing Martinsburg WV  the 4State area trusts,  it’s the only way to know what’s really in your pipes. We perform either public water or private well water testing, so call us today.

Water Tests We Offer

Parameters Analyzed (8):

Total Coliform, E.coli, Iron, Lead, pH, Turbidity, Nitrate, Nitrite, and Total Nitrate/Nitrite.

Parameters Analyzed (53):

Bacteria:

Total Coliform, Fecal E. coli, and Total Bacteria Count

Metals and Minerals:

Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Boron, Cadmium, Calcium, Cerium, Chromium (Total), Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Lead, Lithium, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Phosphorous, Potassium, Selenium, Silver, Sodium, Strontium, Thallium, Tin, Titanium, Uranium, Vanadium and Zinc

Anions:

Chloride, Fluoride, Nitrate (as N), Nitrite, and Sulfate

Attributes:

Alkalinity (as CaCO3), Ammonia, Color, Conductivity, Hardness, Odor, pH, Sediment, Silica, Tannins, Total Dissolved Solids, and Turbidity

Radioactive Chemical Element:

Radon

Parameters Analyzed (113):

Bacteria:

Total Coliform, Fecal E. coli, and Total Bacteria Count

Metals and Minerals:

Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Boron, Cadmium, Calcium, Cerium, Chromium (Total), Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Lead, Lithium, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Phosphorous, Potassium, Selenium, Silver, Sodium, Strontium, Thallium, Tin, Titanium, Uranium, Vanadium and Zinc

Anions:

Chloride, Fluoride, Nitrate (as N), Nitrite, and Sulfate

Attributes:

Alkalinity (as CaCO3), Ammonia, Color, Conductivity, Hardness, Odor, pH, Sediment, Silica, Tannins, Total Dissolved Solids, and Turbidity

Radioactive Chemical Element:

Radon

Industrial & Cancer-causing Chemicals:

Benzene, Bromobenzene, Bromochloromethane, Bromodichloromethane, Bromoform, Bromomethane, n-Butylbenzene, sec-Butylbenzene, tert-Butylbenzene, Carbon-Tetrachloride, Dibromochloromethane, Chloroethane, Chloroform, Chloromethane, 1,2-Chlorotoluene, 1,4-Chlorotoluene, 1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane, Dibromomethane, 1,2-Dibromoethane, 1,3-Dichlorobenzene, 1,2-Dichlorobenzene, 1,4-Dichlorobenzene, Dichlorodifluoromethane, 1,1-Dichloroethane, 1,2-Dichloroethane, 1,1-Dichloroethylene, cis-1,2-Dichloroethene, trans-1,2-Dichloroethene, 1,2-Dichloropropane, 1,3-Dichloropropane, 2,2-Dichloropropane, 1,1-Dichloropropene, 1,3-Dichloropropene, trans-1,3-Dichloropropene, Ethylbenzene, Trichlorofluoromethane, Hexachlorobutadiene, Isopropyl benzene, p-Isopropyltoluene, Methyl-t-Butyl Ether (MTBE), Methylene Chloride, Monochlorobenzene, Naphthalene, n-Propylbenzene, Styrene, 1,1,1,2-Tetrachloroethane, 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane, Tetrachloroethylene, Toluene, 1,2,3-Trichlorobenzene, 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene, 1,1,1-Trichloroethane, 1,1,2-Trichloroethane, Trichloroethylene, 1,2,3-Trichloropropane, 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene, 1,3,5-Trimethylbenzene, Vinyl Chloride, o-Xylene, m+p Xylenes

Well Water Testing

Termite Inspection

Termites are constantly on the move looking for something to feed on. Don’t let it be your largest investment! Outside of many loans requiring a termite inspection, it’s simply just a good idea to have one done as the damage they can do can get quite expensive.

What is a termite bond and why is it important? A termite bond is like a maintenance contract between you and a termite company that provide treatment and control if termites are found. It’s definitely a best practice to get a termite bond to ensure your home is covered long term.

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Mold Testing

Molds are usually not a problem indoors unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions) and irritants. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. 

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold but don’t fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.

Is swab sampling for mold needed? In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, swab sampling is unnecessary. However, it would be viable to identify the mold species or if it is unsure if mold is present. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building’s compliance with federal mold standards. 

Air sampling potentially becomes necessary if the presence of mold is suspected but cannot be visually identified. For example, mold may be present if there is a musty odor. The ultimate objective is to identify the location of mold contamination and further evaluate the extent of the contamination.

Mold Testing

What Is A 360° Photo?

A 360° photo is a spherical panorama image with the added element of interactivity (that can exist only in the online world). Also referred to as VR (Virtual Reality) photography, virtual tour photography, and spherical photography, this technique can capture a location from multiple angles (and not just a single perspective). Using specialized equipment we can create a virtual tour of literally any scene. The purpose of 360° photography is to give the viewer a “behind the scenes” experience as if they were present in the very center of the action. Thanks to 360° photos, you can explore a scene or room in so many ways: you can rotate the scene in all directions (to the sides and upwards-downwards), enter and exit rooms, zoom in and out, read texts, watch videos, and even click links.

360 photos

Infrared Thermal Imaging

Benefits of Thermal Imaging in the detection of:

  • Water infiltration (roof leaks located with recent rain fall within 24~48 hours)
  • Cold air infiltration
  • Excessive moisture in building materials
  • Stud / Joist / Beam / Rafter placement and structure
  • Insulation gaps, insufficient and unevenness
  • Electrical drops, panels, breakers, switches and wire connections
  • Heating and cooling duct placement, insulation, air leaks
  • Pipe location

Infrared imaging allows unseen problems to be found, which might lead to major problems down the road.

 

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Free Home Energy Report!

It takes a lot of energy to heat, cool, and operate a home. Most homebuyers have no idea how much it will cost them to operate their home once they move in.

You’ll get a free home energy report with your inspection!

Home Energy Report Dash Home Inspections Martinsburg WV