Mold & Radon Inspections


CERTIFIED RADON TESTING

A Closer Look Inspections of Michigan test for radon in Essexville and the surrounding areas. We provide radon testing for homes and businesses of any size. Radon is an odorless and tasteless radioactive gas that is the leading cause of lunch cancer in non-smokers. This gas is extremely dangerous and is very common to find in homes throughout our areas. Radon leaves the ground and can seep into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation. Once the gas is in the home, it becomes trapped in the home causing it to build up to dangerous levels. This dangerous gas is easily tested and mitigated. A radon mitigation system is quick and affordable to install, uses little energy, and is extremely effective in removing radon from the home.
CERTIFIED RADON TESTING

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT RADON

My home was built on a slab. Could I still have radon?

Yes, homes built on a slab can still have radon. Whether the home is old, new, insulated or not and regardless of construction materials it can have radon. All homes, regardless of type of construction, should be tested for radon once per year per the EPA.

My home is built over a crawl space. Do I need to have it tested for radon?

Yes, all homes need to be tested for radon. Radon can still enter the home through floor penetrations and the HVAC system and accumulate to elevated levels in the home.

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Which homes are more likely to have higher radon levels, new homes or old homes?

All homes regardless of new or old, single or multi-story, slab or with a basement can have radon.

The home we bought has a radon mitigation system in it. Do I need to still test my home for radon levels?

Yes, even if a home has a radon mitigation system in it, you need to test your home for radon as the EPA suggests. Regular testing will ensure that the radon mitigation system is working effectively.

Does it matter what time of year I test my home for radon?

No, testing can be done at any time of the year. Testing does require the home to have all of its windows and doors kept closed during the test, but central heating and air conditioning can operate. If the windows and doors cannot be kept closed during the test, it would be best to wait until the conditions allow for it.

How can radon affect my health?

The only known health risk associated with exposure to high levels of radon in indoor air is an increased lifetime risk of developing lung cancer. The risk from radon exposure is long term and depends on the level of radon, how long a person is exposed and their smoking habits. Smokers that are exposed to elevated levels of radon have risk of developing lung cancer increases.

How much will it cost to mitigate my house?

The cost of reducing radon in your house depends on how your home was built and the extent of the radon problem.

MOLD AND MOISTURE HOME INSPECTIONS

The purpose of our mold and moisture inspections is to determine the amount of mold and moisture trouble and watch areas. While mold and moisture go hand in hand, they are not the same. We use modern technology to inspect concrete, wood, and drywall throughout the property for mold and moisture.
Moisture Testing
Moisture testing is done on exterior walls to determine if there are moisture problems behind the siding of the home or structure. Most of the moisture issues in walls are the result of water intrusion, which typically results from water getting into the walls around windows or through improper prior construction. Water intrusion at exterior walls can often result in expensive repairs if it is not remediated quickly.
Mold Testing
Mold testing can be done by air sampling or swab testing. Swab testing is typically done to surfaces that already appear to have a problem or where mold is clearly visible. Air sampling is done to find hidden mold. If there is moisture in the walls but no mold growth in the walls, air sampling for mold testing will not help. If there is mold in the wall but the wall is completely airtight, air sampling for mold won’t find the mold. We use a variety of methods to carefully inspect homes for dangerous and harmful mold and moisture.
MOLD AND MOISTURE HOME INSPECTIONS
Ten Things You Should Know About Mold
  • Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
  • There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  • If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  • Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  • Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60% ) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dish washing, and cleaning.
  • Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  • Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  • In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  • Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

Source: US EPA http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldresources.html