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Advanced Home Inspection Service, LLC
18 years experience. NYS Licensed/Certified Inspector. NEHA/NRPP Certified Radon Inspector.
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Woods Home Inspection Service LLC
2,000 s/f; $275.00. NYS Licensed Home Inspector # 16000055082. NRSB Radon Measurement Specialist Certificate # 1355051. Bob Woods, Owner.
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Radon - What Every Homeowner Needs To Know
May 22, 2014 - Home Inspection
By Bob Aldi

As a NYS Licensed Home Inspector, I am routinely asked "What is Radon gas and why should I test for it" The following will give you an overview of what Radon is and why homeowners need to be aware of it's presence. For more information, you can log onto the Environmental Protection Agency website and search for "A Citizens Guide to Radon"

What is Radon?
Radon gas is a tasteless, odorless by-product of the breakdown of uranium deposits in the earth. It is present at various levels throughout the state and naturally seeps into basements, crawlspaces.
Typical Radon gas entry points into the home include cracks in solid floors, construction joints, cracks in walls, gaps in suspended floors, gaps around service pipes, cavities inside walls and the water supply. Radon can also be found in private well water, or public water supply systems which use ground water.

Why is Radon a Problem?
The EPA estimates that about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. are Radon-related. Exposure to Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. The EPA recommends "Radon mitigation where tested Radon levels reach 4 pCi/L or higher. There is no known safe level of exposure to radon."
Exposure occurs especially in rooms that are below grade (e.g., basements), rooms that are in contact with the ground and those rooms immediately above them.

Do I Need to Test for Radon?
The short answer is yes, especially before you purchase your home. It is important to identify the level of Radon gas concentrations in the home AND who is going to pay for the Radon reduction and mitigation costs should they be needed.
You should have your own Radon Test performed even when the home had a previous Radon Gas test and the levels were acceptable. You test to ensure the Radon levels ARE PRESENTLY at EPA acceptable levels. Over time a home settles and cracks may appear in the foundation or floor which are entry points for Radon. Previously sealed joints or caulking around pipes passing through the foundation may also be disturbed or deteriorate which can allow increased levels of Radon to enter your home.

Renovations and modifications to the structure or various systems within the home such as Heating and Ventilation systems, plumbing, etc., can cause Radon levels to change. New additions to the home where the basement has been extended or crawl spaces have been installed should also be tested.
A basement remodel job or installation of a bathroom in the basement could effect the Radon levels of a previously tested home.

Doing Home Renovations?
If you decide to renovate or alter an area of the home, a Radon test should be taken before and after the project. Generally, it is less expensive to install a radon reduction system as part of the renovation project, rather than after you have completed your renovations.

How Do I Reduce Radon Gas Concentrations?
There are several methods to reduce Radon in your home, but the one primarily used is a vent pipe system and fan, which pulls Radon from beneath the house and vents it to the outside. This system, known as a soil suction radon reduction system, does not require major changes to your home. Sealing foundation cracks and other openings makes this kind of system more effective and cost-efficient. Similar systems can also be installed in houses with crawl spaces. A qualified Radon contractor should be contacted to determine the best mitigation solution for the home.

Author Bob Aldi, owner of Aldi Home Inspections Inc., is a NYS Licensed Homes Inspector - #16000062761. His specializes in Home Inspections, Radon Gas testing, Septic Dye testing and Well Water Flow. He can be reached at 315-749-3452, at or by email at .

Home Inspection - What To Expect
January 16, 2014 - Home Inspection

For the majority of people, a home purchase is the most significant financial obligation they will take on in their lifetime. It is smart that home buyers protect their financial commitment by requiring a a home inspection. When purchasing a new property, home inspection is essential. During the inspection, an inspector will tour the home thoroughly in order to assess its physical condition. One important aspect to remember about home inspections and buying a home is that it is crucial to make your offer on a property conditional on the results of the home inspection. This means that if the inspection reveals some major problems with the home, you can withdraw your offer without penalty.

The Inspection Procedure: What to Expect

While conducting a home inspection, the inspector will take a comprehensive and detailed look at the property to assess its physical condition-but understand that this is very distinct from an appraisal. The home inspector will be able to explain all about what kind of condition the property is in, but will not give you with an estimate of its worth.

During the inspection process, the inspector will examine everything in the home and assess the condition of its structure, construction, plumbing, electrical systems and other features of the home, to discover whether any structures or systems require repair or even replacement. The inspector will determine as well the longevity of the home, including structural features and plumbing, electrical and other systems, and determine how much functional life each feature has remaining. A home inspection will typically take at least two hours, but of course this is contingent on the size of the property. In general, you might anticipate an inspection to take about an hour for every thousand square feet of property. Once the inspection is finished, you should receive a written report of the inspector's findings within seven days.

Essential Questions to Ask a Home Inspector

Before you engage a home inspector, it is wise to ask key questions to make sure you are hiring an inspector you can trust to carry out a thorough inspection of your prospective property.

*What does the inspection include?

*How long have you been an inspector, and how many inspections have you done?

*Are you a veteran residential inspector?

*Do you belong to any state or national associations?

*How long will the inspection take to perform?

*What do you charge?

*How quickly will the inspection report be available after the inspection is finished?

*Will I be allowed to attend the inspection?

These are all significant questions to aid in ensuring that your inspector has the experience required to thoroughly investigate the property which may become your home. Be sure to ask if you may attend the inspection-a negative response from the home inspector is certainly a warning sign, and attending the inspection is a great chance to learn about your prospective new home, first-hand.


Who Chooses the Home Inspector
January 16, 2014 - Home Inspection

It's time for the home inspection. You've dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's with a contingency for getting your new home looked at by a professional generalist. A what?

That is right. You need an expert inspector that has a respectable amount of knowledge about all the components of your house. Not an electrician, but understands enough to spot dangerous situations in the circuit panel, knowing when to recommend inspection by a qualified electrician.

Not a structural engineer, but can decide when to recommend that you hire a carpenter, mason or a structural engineer by looking at the basement wall, the floor joists or any number of structural components. This is the same with the HVAC, plumbing, roofing or any other component of the house. Because most people don't buy a house very often or only once in a lifetime, more than likely this is the first time you have had to hire an inspector. Sometimes it can get confusing with people around you offering to help along with professionals telling you what to look for in an inspector. These are the main criteria that are important.

Most good inspectors have a construction background and this is one of the primary questions you need to ask. How many years, what trades and at what level is your construction background? General Contracting? Apprentice, Journeyman or Superintendent? Owner?

Most good inspectors are doing home inspections full time with a large number of inspections completed. Ask both of these questions and you will find out. Full time inspectors are over 100 inspections per year. How long have you been inspecting? How many inspections?

Most good inspectors will take 2-3 hours on a house 2000 sq ft or under, maybe longer if there are many deferred maintenance items, defects, the house is old, there are crawl spaces or the client is chatty. How long will the inspection take?

Most good inspectors can do 2 inspections in 8hrs, some work nights and weekends, all will need a little lead time, call early! When can you do the inspection?

All inspectors, good, bad or somewhere in between, are licensed, will abide by NYSDOS standards of practice, [ if and when they finish them], or an associations standards of practice, [INACHI, NAHI, ASHI], get in-service training and answer the phone. No need of asking those questions. Ask, do you educate yourself above and beyond the minimum requirements? What are the topics?

There are more questions you can ask and you probably noticed price was not covered. You are buying a used house. If you were buying a used Mercedes for $100,000, would you take it to the cheapest or the best garage in town?

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