WE CAN TAKE CARE OF ALL YOUR HOME TESTING NEEDS:
RADON GAS TESTING
NPMA-33 TERMITE/WDO INSPECTIONS
LEAD PAINT TESTING
RADON GAS: THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW IF YOUR AT RISK IT TO GET A TEST DONE
You can not see, smell, or taste radon, but your home may have harmful levels that can damage your lungs and lead to lung cancer.
We provide the most accurate, fastest, short term radon test available in Northern Utah.
Fast results - Generally within 1 hour after testing is completed.
Our 48 hour tamper-proof test is performed using a continuous radon monitor.
Fair, competitive prices.
A professional home inspector will perform the radon test.
Our in-house experts will review the data and email your professional radon report.
Tests can be conducted separately for home owners or with a home inspection for home buyers.
RADON FACTS IN UTAH
The EPA has determined that homes with an average radon level over 4.0pCi/L are at risk for getting lung cancer.
State statistics (as well as our 16+ years of company data) show 1 on 4 homes in Utah have radon levels exceeding 4.0pCi/L.
All homes in Utah have some amount of Radon gas, so it is always good to know your levels.
Radon gas is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking/vaping.
UTAH'S MOLD, METH, RADON, LEAD PAINT, TESTING AND TERMITE INSPECTION EXPERTS
Surgeon General Health Advisory:
"Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques."
- January 2005
WHAT IS RADON AND WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation, crawlspaces, block mortar joints as well as seeping through the concrete. Your home can trap radon inside. Radon can also enter your home through well-water.
Any home can have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest radiation exposure at home. That is where you spend most of your time.
If you find that you have high radon levels, there are ways to fix a radon problem. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
LEAD PAINT TESTING
We offer a lead-based paint surface swab test to determine of the surface layer of paint (or any chipped areas of base coats) in the home contains lead.
We will swab either 8 or 16 areas in the home, depending on the size of the home.
This swab based test is a much less expensive alternative to the gun style tests that detect lead through all the base coats layer of paint.
We find most home buyers do not want to pay hundreds of dollars for the gun style test, when lead paint in homes is not all that common. In a home if it is present it will probably just be painted over rather than removing it through expensive processes that are required for commercial properties.
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RESIDENTIAL HOME LEAD PAINT STATISTICS
Lead paint was banned from use in the USA in 1978.
Homes built from 1960-1977: on average 24% of them will contain lead based paint at some layer of paint.
Homes built from 1940-1959: on average 69% of them will contain lead based paint at some layer of paint.
Homes built before 1940: on average 87% of them will contain lead based paint at some layer of paint.
SEWER CAMERA INSPECTIONS
We offer a sewer camera scope to inspect the main sewer line of a home. A licensed plumber we work with will run a camera from inside the home, through the sewer line and out to where it connects with the city sewer connection or where it goes into the septic tank.
This allows us to look for potential defects such as:
IMPROPER SLOPE - CRACKS - OFFSET JOINTS - BLOCKAGES - LOW POINTS (BELLIES) - TREE ROOTS
After the camera inspection we will provide you a report with a video link and any recommendations that we may have.
Getting a sewer camera scope is always a good idea, but it is highly recommended in the following cases:
HOMES OLDER THAT 1983
HOMES WITH LARGE TREES NEAR THE SEWER LINE
HOMES ON HILLSIDES
RESIDENTIAL SEWER FACTS
Sewer pipes can be made a a wide variety of materials.
Homes older than 1983 have sewer pipes made with a variety of materials with higher failure rates such as clay, fiber materials (cardboard-like), cast iron, and more.
Tree roots, ground settlement, earthquakes, and general pipe material deterioration over the years can cause damage to a sewer pipe.
Sewer pipes are very expensive to replace, ranging from $6000 - $12,000 generally.
Often times the life of the sewer can be extended or problems repaired, but only if you know the condition of the inside of the pipe first.
TERMITE/WOOD DESTROYING ORGANISM INSPECTIONS
Includes the required NPMA-33 Termite Inspection Form to meet all home lending requirements, including VA & FHA loan requirements.
Concerned about the possibility of termites in your home?
Is your mortgage lender requiring a termite/Wood Destroying Organism Inspection?
Did your VA or FHA appraiser add a requirement for a termite inspection due to something they saw during their brief evaluation of the home?
Don't worry, we have you covered!
All of our extensively trained home inspectors are InterNACHI certified in Termite/WDO Inspections. We will thoroughly inspect your home for the following concerns:
Live termites, carpenter ants, or other wood destroying insects.
Dead termites, dead wood destroying insects, or insect parts/fragments.
Past termite damage, WDO damage, and evidence of past carpenter ant activity.
Evidence of past termite treatments.
Conductive conditions that could lead to future termite, or carpenter aunt problems.
Your inspector will complete and fill out the lender required form NPMA-33 and email it to you following the termite / WDO inspection.
Your inspector will also provide recommendations for action if they feel there is a need for any pest control or termite treatments. We do not provide any treatment services in an effort to remain unbiased in the inspection of your home.
UTAH TERMITE / WDO
Termites are more rare in Utah's climate, but we do have subterranean termites that can damage a house.
Many national mortgage lenders will require a termite inspection.
Many VA or FHA mortgage loans require a termite inspection.
Subterranean termites generally nest in places with higher humidity (often underground) and tunnel into homes to harvest food 9wood, drywall paper, and more) for their colonies.
Termites swarm in the Spring and look like flying ants, then later shed their wings looking more like large, pale white ants.
When they enter above ground spaces they build mud tubes/tunnels to enable them to keep the humidity levels they need to survive.
Carpenter ants are also common in Utah, and enter homes from outdoor structures or tree branches that are in contact with the home. They chew through wood to build their nests.