Inspection Articles

Concrete Problems

Crumbling, Cracking, Settling, Heaving & Stains Concrete is quite literally the foundation of many of today's construction projects. It's also widely used for exterior surfaces--driveways, sidewalks, patios, stoops, steps, etc. No wonder: Concrete is strong, durable, relatively inexpensive and can be formed into many shapes and sizes. But concrete also has its drawbacks. It's prone to crumbling, cracking, settling and heaving when exposed to the elements. It also stains rather easily. As a property owner, how do you know which cracks, crevices and crumblings are [...]

Reducing Radon

Reducing Radon It's not as difficult (or costly) as you might think You've had a radon test for your home or other building and the radon reading is high. Now what? Should you be alarmed? Should you ignore the problem? Neither. You certainly should not ignore the problem because radon, which is a radioactive gas you can't see, smell, or taste, causes lung cancer. The Surgeon General says radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. (Only smoking causes [...]

Radon Gas Testing

Via Continuous Monitoring Equipment Continuous Radon gas monitoring is an ideal means of determining Radon gas concentrations in any indoor environment. Placement of a small microcomputer instrument can produce accurate data in as little as 12 hours, providing a measurement of working level (WL) of Radon daughters in the air. These instruments are precision airborne alpha radiation detectors, based on pulsed ion chamber technology. Because of unique electrometer and probe design, these instruments do not use special counting gases, sample pumps, or high voltage power [...]


Serious health risk, simple solutions Are you breathing in radon as you read this? A radioactive gas you can't see, smell or taste, radon might well be lurking in your home or other buildings you own or spend time in. Produced naturally by the decay of uranium and radium, radon is found in dangerously high levels in about 1 in 15 American homes. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for this cancer-causing gas. Of course, home [...]

The Standardization of Environmental Site Assessment

Who Will Benefit? Since 1984, potential environmental liability associated with hazardous materials has become a matter of utmost concern to parties involved in real estate transactions - and for good reason! In some cases, the cost of environmental cleanup has exceeded $10 million dollars; also, the creative application of legal theories has entangled parties not previously assigned liability for cleanup actions. Consequently, environmental site assessments are a necessary and integral part of most commercial, industrial and many residential real estate transactions today. A basic guidance [...]