Radon & Indoor Air Quality Testing
Radon & Indoor Air Quality Testing by Certified, Licensed Professionals
Have you ever considered that your home could be making you sick? Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections and even lung cancer and chronic lung diseases, such as asthma. People with compromised immune systems, or who already have lung disease, are at an even greater risk.
What’s The Culprit?
Indoor air quality can be significantly affected by contaminants such as cleaning supplies and household chemicals, dusts, molds or fungi, bacteria and viruses, gases, vapors, formaldehyde, pet dander, radon, carbon monoxide, asbestos, lead, secondhand smoke and even cockroaches. While this is even not a comprehensive list, it’s obvious that there are many potential sources that can affect the quality of your indoor air. When one or more of these potential hazards are present, it is not uncommon for people to report one or more of the following symptoms:
- Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
- Shortness of breath
- Hypersensitivity and allergies
- Sinus congestion
- Coughing and sneezing
What can you do?
Testing for and eliminating or reducing the following sources of indoor air pollution is the first step:
- Radon. This odorless, colorless gas comes from the soil, well water or building materials, and can lead to lung cancer. While the EPA’s radon zone map can hint at your general risk, air-quality testing is the only way to be sure.
- Tobacco smoke. It’s best to not allow smoking in your home, especially around children, infants or toddlers. If smoking indoors can’t be avoided, open windows and use exhaust fans.
- Mold, pollen, dander and fungus. Keep your home as dust-free as possible. Use vented fans in your kitchen and bathrooms; vent your clothes dryer outdoors; clean humidifiers and refill them daily with clean water; empty water trays in air conditioners, dehumidifiers and refrigerators; clean and dry (or remove) water-damaged carpets; and keep your basement dry.
- Carbon monoxide (CO). This gas can cause symptoms such as fatigue, impaired vision and headaches, and can be fatal. Keep gas appliances properly adjusted; install outdoor vents for furnaces and gas stoves; open flues when using your fireplace; and have a trained professional inspect, clean and tune-up your central heating system annually. Installing a CO detector is also very important. Be sure to test the detector regularly and replace batteries annually.
- Formaldehyde. This chemical found in pressed wood, plywood and particle-board products and urea-formaldehyde foam insulation can cause eye, nose and throat irritation and respiratory problems. Use lower-emitting “exterior-grade” pressed wood products and look for formaldehyde emission testing on wood products labels. Run the air conditioner and dehumidifier and increase ventilation after bringing home formaldehyde-containing products.
- Asbestos and lead. Asbestos can be found in low-grade, deteriorating, damaged or disturbed insulation, fireproofing, acoustical materials and floor tiles. Long-term exposure can lead to cancer and lung disease. Lead can cause many health problems, especially in children. Leave lead-based paint undisturbed if it is in good condition. Use trained and qualified contractors for control, removal and cleanup.
If you think that you or your family has symptoms related to indoor air pollution, be sure to talk to your doctor and seek out a qualified home inspector to know for sure.
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Fairly new to Arizona, Prescott Valley specifically. I've been looking since March for a new home with not much luck. I finally found a place and started the wheels rolling; inspection of a property is very important. I went through home advisory and I'm very pleased with the professional(s) they sent. Very knowledgeable, very on time, went over any problem in a very understandable manner. I would suggest them to anyone in the need.
Jack was everything I was looking and hoping for in an inspector. He and JJ were very thorough in their inspection and spent several hours at the property we are purchasing even though it was only 750 sft. He explained everything to me in a way that I could understand and was very patient with my constant questions. He was willing to drive to our rural location on a weekend so we could be there and I'm so grateful for the peace of mind I felt after his inspection. I would highly recommend. Thanks Jack!
I was impressed because as part of hiring Total Home Inspection for our inspection they gave us a one year membership to Porch. A few days later Porch called me and asked a few questions like if I needed estimates and contractor references for repairs or movers, when I said we were doing it ourselves they gave us a 20% of coupon via text for a moving truck... then they connected me via conference call to an insurance company and I got a quote that was HALF the cost of the lowest quote we had been given so far (and our home is hard to insure because of the fire danger). Porch also gave us coupons for any future repair costs. Porch said they will call when we get closer to moving to help with changing utilities and connect us with someone to move the jacuzzi ... it was surprising and totally first rate customer service! 🙂
Inspector Jack Jackson was a complete professional. He put me at ease to buy my new home. Offered to help when I was settled if I needed anything. Jack told me he was local and I could give him a call anytime. Jack's one of the good guys. Go to him if you need an inspection.
Jack has done two home inspections for us. Very thorough and prompt. We will use his company on our future purchases.
Absolutely great home inspector.
Jack was very professional, he did a very detailed job, I asked him If I could be his shadow and he had no problem with that at all, he would explain to me everything that he found that either should be fixed or minor things that I should pay attention to, It took about 2 1/5 hrs. to complete his inspection. and he gives you a binder with the report of what he inspected and everything is listed as good,fair,poor, the report is very easy to read, and he takes pictures of the things that need special attention. I definitely recommend him and would use him again.
Before selling my property in prescott AZ. I needed to have a home inspection done. I had used Total inspection before for a building inspection and they were great to work with then. Really happy that I chose them to do a home inspection because once again they were great to work with. Trustworthly, professional and honest.
Jack was professional and friendly. He thoroughly answered all of our questions. At the end of the inspection he gave us a binder with a copy of the full report, including color photos. This was extremely helpful! Thanks Jack!