Radon is a naturally occurring and colorless radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of Uranium in soil, rocks and water. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is responsible for approximately 20,000 deaths in America each year.
The EPA has established that Radon levels above 4 pCi/L in homes are a call for action.
All counties in the US have been assigned a Zone of 1 to 3 based on Radon potential. Zone 1 has the Highest Potential, Radon levels above 4 pCi/L. Zone 2 is designated as Moderate Potential, with levels between 2 to 4 pCi/L and Zone 3 with Low Potential, levels below 2 pCi/L. All counties located in the Central and Southern Indiana area are classified as Zones 1 or 2. It is estimated that 1 out of every 3 homes in these areas have levels above 4 pCi/L.Check the safety of the air you’re breathing with a Radon Test Checked Right conducts radon tests and home inspections for buyers, sellers, and current homeowners. For your safety and peace of mind, our radon inspectors will:
Mold / Air Quality Testing
The quality of the air we breath is essential to our health. Mold in a home can cause a host of potential health issues for its occupants. Mold infested air can cause adverse health effects, such as nasal congestion, throat irritation, dryness or irritation on the skin and eyes. Breathing problems like coughing and wheezing are also very common.
If moisture and humidity levels are high enough, materials that our houses are constructed from can be conducive to the growth of mold, and in advanced cases can cause damage to the structural integrity of homes.
In addition to a thorough visual inspection of the entire property for mold and conditions that could lead to mold growth such as plumbing leaks and exterior drainage issues, a mold air test will identify and quantify mold spores present in the air. This method is useful in situations where visible mold may not be present, or simply if peace of mind is desired.
This service is a great add-on to our general home inspection services which already include a visual mold check. Following industry standards, our mold air testing service includes air samples that are taken on-site, both on the interior and exterior of the home. Air samples are then analyzed by the professionals at Priority Labs who deliver clear and accurate reports detailing the types and quantities of mold, allergens and volatile organic compounds that are present in the home.
TERMITE /WDI Inspection
The homes that we live in are, for the most part, are comprised of materials that wood
destroying insects seek out. Damage from wood destroying insects can lead to serious structural implications for a home. When purchasing a new home, we recommend scheduling a Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) Inspection. Termites are so prevalent in some areas of the US that some financial lenders will require that an inspection be obtained and a federal form called a NPMA-33 be submitted.
The WDI Inspection not only investigates for the activity of termites but also carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and wood boring beetles. This inspection is non-destructive, visible, and of the readily accessible areas of the structure, including attics and crawlspaces.
The inspection will include probing unobstructed and accessible areas to determine the presence or absence of visual evidence of wood destroying insects, signs of previous treatments, and recommendations for treatment as needed.
Well Water Inspections
Private wells can be contaminated by both naturally occurring sources and by human activities. Private well owners are responsible for the safety of their water. It is recommended that private water sampling be conducted at least annually. To understand the quality of the water supply, water collection and laboratory analysis provide the results needed to determine if the well is suitable for current water use or if modifications need to be made.
Water quality testing can determine if there are health risks associated with the home’s drinking water by measuring for harmful levels of contaminants including E. Coli, Total Choliforms and VOCs (Volatile Organic compounds).
If there is a quality problem, water conditioning units are available for impurities found in the water. Some financial lenders require the potability water sample for private water sources.
Manufactured Home Foundation Certifications
If you are a buying a manufactured home, most likely your financial lender will require that the home be issued a Structural Engineered Foundation Certificate, also commonly known as a HUD Inspection, before a loan is approved, especially in the event you are trying to qualify for a FHA or VA loan. An Engineered Foundation Certificate states that the home is placed on a permanent foundation that complies with the HUD Permanent Foundation Guide for Manufactured Homes. A foundation inspections confirms the following:
Checked Right Home Inspection has partnered with one of the nation’s premier structural engineering firms to be able to provide Engineered Foundation Certificates to MFD home buyers as well as First Permanent Site Certificates and Foundation Certificates with Additions.
Septic Dye Inspections
As they age, septic tanks can sustain damage that isn’t immediately obvious, but that can still cause issues such as sewage backups or water supply contamination. A septic dye test makes it easy to spot major problems without using more invasive inspection methods and the most common method of assessing the condition of a septic system for real estate sales.
A septic dye test simulates the conditions of a busy household by filling the septic tank with water, based on calculated usage during ‘rush hour’ when showers are taken and laundry is done, to see if the system can handle the volume or if effluent backs up into the house or shows up in the yard. A dye is introduced during testing which can be traced to the septic tank if no blockages are present in the pathway from the home to the tank.
If accessible, the lid for the septic tank will be opened during the dye test to estimate the amount of sludge present, so that a determination can be made about the need
for the tank to be pumped out before buyers move into the home.
If a more in depth inspection of a tank or sewer system is needed, such as a sewer scope, Checked Right can assist buyers with assessing the help of a septic tank professional.
MOVE IN CERTIFIED
Are you selling your home? Let one of InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspectors inspect it before you even list it. A Move-In CertifiedTM home has been pre-inspected, which means that the seller can confirm that there are no major systems in need of immediate repair or replacement, and no known safety hazards.
Benefits of a Move-In CertifiedTM Seller Inspection includes:
15% Discount on any one add-on service included with a Standard Home Inspection.
20% Discount if two or more add-on services are included with a Standard Home Inspection.