Did you know?
Radon is the Number One cause of lung cancer among
non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second
leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000
lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among
people who have never smoked.
Radon in air is ubiquitous. It is found in outdoor air and in the
indoor air of buildings of all kinds. The EPA recommends that the
problem be addressed if a home’s radon level is 4 pCi/L (picocuries per
liter) or more. Because there is no known safe level of exposure to
radon, the EPA also recommends that the problem be addressed for homes
with radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. The average radon
concentration in the indoor air of the average American home is about
Unfortunately, many Americans presume that because the action level is 4
pCi/L, a radon level of less than that is considered safe. This
perception is all too common in the residential real estate market. In
managing any risk, we should be concerned with the greatest risk. For
most Americans, their greatest exposure to radon is inside their homes,
especially in rooms that are below grade (such as basements), as well as
rooms that are in contact with the ground, and the rooms directly above
Many people do not realize they are breathing air (which can include radon gas) from the basement of their house due to stack effect.
Foremost offers radon testing, which can be added as an additional request item to your base home inspection, or can be done completely separate from a base home inspection. The measurement samples are collected after a two day period of indoor air exposure and sent to a New York State Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP) approved laboratory. You will receive a summarized report with findings and recommendations.
your septic system protects your investment in your home. You
should periodically inspect your system and pump out your septic tank.
If properly designed, constructed and maintained,
your septic system can provide long-term, effective treatment of household
waste water. If your septic system isn’t maintained, you might need to replace
it, costing you thousands of dollars.
A malfunctioning system can contaminate groundwater that might be a
source of drinking water. And if you sell your home, your septic system must be
in good working order.
Things You Can Do to Protect Your Septic System
inspect your system and pump your tank as necessary.
- Use water
- Don’t dispose of
household hazardous wastes in sinks or toilets.
- Care for your drain field.
Foremost offers septic die testing, which can be added as an additional request item to your base
home inspection, or can be done completely separate from a base home
inspection. A septic dye test involves the introduction of a florescent dye into the plumbing system and visually inspecting the area of the septic tank, distribution box and leach fields.
Mold and Mildew:
Molds are organisms that are found indoors and outdoors. They are part
of the natural environment and play an important role in our ecological
system by breaking down and digesting organic material. Molds are
neither plants nor animals. They are part of the kingdom Fungi.
Mold is Everywhere
Mold spores are ubiquitous; they are found both indoors and
outdoors. Mold spores cannot be eliminated from indoor environments.
Some mold spores will be found floating through the air and on settled
dust; however, they will not grow if moisture is not present.
Looking for evidence of mold growth is part of a Foremost home inspection. Mold requires favorable conditions to grow. If evidence of mold issues are observed, the inspection will drill down to identify what is causing the environmental conditions needed for mold growth and provide recommendations to reduce or eliminate those conditions. Addressing the conditions conducive for mold growth is essential prior to any remediation process that may be needed.
Why Be Concerned?
Mold is not usually a problem indoors – unless mold spores land on a
wet or damp spot and begin growing. As molds grow, they digest whatever
they are growing on. Unchecked mold growth can damage buildings and
furnishings; molds can rot wood, damage drywall, and eventually cause
structural damage to buildings. Mold can cause cosmetic damage, such as
stains, to furnishings. The potential human health effects of mold are
also a concern. It is important, therefore, to prevent mold from growing
Informational video on helping control mold and mildew in your home