Did you know homes that have an inspection done prior to listing them, sell faster and have less contingency issues.
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Just like properly sizing your furnace and air conditioning unit, you want precisely the right amount of attic ventilation for your home. Insufficient ventilation can lead to moisture problems during the winter and decreased energy efficiency during the summer but too much ventilation can be just as bad, if not worse. Roof vents create an additional roof penetration, essentially another place of vulnerability where leaks can occur. Some vents are necessary, but you don’t want to needlessly increase the number of roof penetrations. More than leaks, these seams can cause blowouts during a hurricane or allow sparks from a wildfire to enter your home and set it ablaze.So, how much ventilation should you have? Without exception, you should talk to a professionalto determine what your home requires. Generally speaking, you need a ratio of 1:300, where for every 300 square feet of ceiling space, you need 1 square foot of attic ventilation. That said, air resistance and interference (such as vent grates) reduces the area of true ventilation. In other words, the entire vent opening doesn’t count as vented space. (source Homeadvisor)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Surgeon General’s Office have estimated that as many as 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused each year by radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon-induced lung cancer costs the United States over $2 billion dollars per year in both direct and indirect health care costs. (Based on National Cancer Institute statistics of 14,400 annual radon lung cancer deaths – Oster, Colditz & Kelley, 1984) . Be sure to get your new home tested.
Did you know mold spores are in the air everywhere we go? Mold needs three things to start growth, mold spores (already everywhere), a food source ( they can live off almost anything), and moisture. Two out of three of the ingredients are already present. Monitor your relative humidity and keep it below 60% to help prevent mold growth in your home.
So what do you do if the home you are buying or selling is suspected of having mold. In New York State the process is defined. You need a NYS Licensed Mold Assessor to come in and verify that it is mold. If it is mold the Mold Assessor will perform a mold assessment. A report will be produced for the client which will contain the scope of work required along with a estimate of what the remediation will cost. After the remediation has been performed it will require a second visit from the mold assessor to inspect the job and provide clearance on the job.
Whether you're selling your home or buying a home recruit a licensed Real Estate Agent. A Professional Realtor will help you navigate through situations that will arise during the process of purchasing or selling your home.
Do you have a musty odor in your basement? Does it seem like you can't get rid of it no matter how hard you try? You may have mold. I always recommend a visual inspection before performing air samples, but if no mold is found visually you may need to have your air quality tested. Call Tom @ TC Inspections cell# 518-832-9750 for a appointment.
So about now your asking yourself do I have asbestos in my house? The answer is most likely yes, even if your house isn't that old. Surprisingly even though asbestos isn't mined in the United States a lot of construction products still contain it. Asbestos is hazardous to your health when the fibers are airborne. Asbestos was and still is used in many products from fire retardant to the adhesive that sticks your baseboard molding to the wall . In conclusion make sure to always have your renovation or demo project inspected by a licensed asbestos inspector and be sure that any asbestos is removed in a manor that is safe to all parties involved. In my next post i will list the products that are considered suspect to contain asbestos. Call me with questions 518-832-9750