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Mold and Radon

 
My job as your professional home inspector is to alert you, to the extent possible, to unknown problems and potential environmental hazards in your current or potential house. Just because some of these hazards may be invisible, this does not mean they call for less vigilance on your part. Mine is a non-invasive visual inspection of your property.

While I may be able to alert you to possible problems, my basic home inspections are no substitutes for specialized contaminant testing.


Certain environmental and home hazard inspections are licensed by the State of Illinois and for this reason, I have 'partnered' with experienced, licensed professionals in each field so you can recieve the best opinion in any phase of the inspection process.




Mold

Mold (fungi) is present everywhere, indoors and outdoors. There are more than 100,000 species of mold, at least 1,000 of which are common in America. Species of Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus are some of the most commonly found species.

Mold most likely grows in bathrooms, basements, and anywhere else where there is dampness or water. Many types of mold routinely encountered arenít hazardous to healthy individuals. Too much exposure to mold may cause a worsening of such conditions as asthma, hay fever, or other allergies. Fevers and breathing problems in a vulnerable individual are possible but unusual. When moldy material becomes damaged or disturbed, spores, which are reproductive bodies similar to seeds, can be released into the air. Exposure can occur if people inhale the spores, directly handle moldy material, or accidentally ingest the spores.

Since all molds need water to grow, mold can grow almost anywhere where there is high humidity, dampness, or water damage. Most often molds are confined to areas near the water source. Removing the source of moisture through repairs or dehumidification is crucial in preventing mold growth.

Correcting underlying water damage and cleaning the affected area is the best way to treat mold. If mold contamination is extensive, a professional abatement company may be needed.

Indoor Mold Info:    "Illinois Department of Public Health"

 

 

Radon

As your home inspector I can schedule an appointment to have your home tested by a licensed Radon Measurement Professional, at the time of the home inspection.

Radon is a radioactive gaseous element produced in the disintegration of radium, a radioactive metallic element. It cannot be detected by the senses and can be confirmed only by sophisticated instruments and laboratory tests.

The gas enters a house through pores and cracks in the concrete or through floorboards of poorly ventilated crawlspaces, especially when wet ground allows the gas to escape easily through the soil and disperse in the atmosphere.

Radon is a lung carcinogen: the National Academy of Sciences estimates radon causes some 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths annually. The U.S. Surgeon General and the EPA recommend all houses be tested for radon. Houses with high radon levels can be fixed.

Radon Info:   "IEMA-Divison of Nuclear Safety-Illinois"

 


Kollias Property Inspections, Inc
16026 So. 90th Ave Tinley Park, IL 60487

(708) 349-4562