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 [...]

A Solid Foundation

Planning for and preserving building integrity Our real estate inspections frequently reveal conditions that could damage (and sometimes already have damaged) a building's foundation. Water and insufficient soil compaction are two of the main culprits. Here are a few ways to prevent foundation damage: Backfill If you're having a new home or commercial structure built, ask your builder about his or her soil compaction standards. This is important because insufficiently compacted soil may later "give", causing your building's foundation to crack or buckle. Ask the [...]

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 [...]

Radon

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 [...]