So, you’ve heard us say it a hundred times: You know having your home inspected by a Minnesota property inspector when you’re buying or selling can save you from getting in over your head. If you haven’t decided to get one yet, take into consideration the health of you and your family. At AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services of Bloomington, MN, we are trained to do some routine and specialty testing for harmful materials not visible to the naked eye. Most of these products are undetectable without testing. By having a home inspection, you can take care of some of the following problems before they affect your family.
Radon testing is important because radon is a colorless, odorless gas. You may be living with it in your home without even knowing it. Radon is plentiful in the earth’s crust, and it is found in small amounts in almost every rock and soil on and in the earth. It can seep into your home through the ground. So, any cracks in the basement floor or exposed soil are cause for concern. Radon is the No. 1 cause of cancer for non-smokers.
Mold can be a cause heath issues, even among healthy individuals. Mold is a naturally forming fungus. It gives off spores that are small enough to breathe in. The spores can cause wheezing, coughing, fungal infections and other health problems. Mold can be hiding in walls and other places throughout a home. Mold loves moisture, so if there was a leak or water damage, there will probably be mold behind the scenes.
Lead-based paint is a cause for alarm, especially in older homes. In 1978, the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint for consumer projects. But, before that, lead paint was the standard. The older the home, the greater chance it was originally painted with lead-based paint. Lead paint is harmful only when it begins to flake and peel. Exposure to lead can cause learning disabilities in children and kidney failure in adults, among other things.
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The knowledge, skill and experience required to follow these “tips” varies; if you are in doubt as to your ability to properly and safely implement these suggestions, call a qualified professional first. Every home appliance and system is different as are the problems that can affect them. Accordingly, the above-referenced tips are meant only as suggestions to be considered for the listed problems. AmeriSpec cannot be responsible for any damages arising from any actions taken pursuant to tips provided herein. This list is not exhaustive and other remedies may be needed in addition to those listed above.