Specialty Inspections to Increase Home Safety
Learn which specialty inspections from AmeriSpec can improve the living conditions of your home and protect the health and safety of your family.
A specialty home inspection increases the safety of your home by uncovering hazards that can negatively impact your family’s health. Discover which specialty inspections from AmeriSpec can boost your home’s safety.
Undetected mold is a dangerous issue. Mold can cause allergies, asthma attacks and serious lung damage. To avoid potential exposure to mold, home buyers can request a mold inspection before closing on the property or before moving in.
If you skipped the home inspection, keep a lookout for the following signs that may indicate the presence of mold.
- Unexplained allergies, asthma attacks or persistent cough and cold
- Damp, rotten smell coming from your floor or walls
- Fungus growth on furniture
- Strange spots on clothing
- Contaminated carpets
If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, schedule a mold inspection immediately. A certified AmeriSpec inspector will use professional equipment to test the air in your home and swab exposed surfaces. The samples are then sent to a lab for analysis to determine what type of mold is growing in your home.
Once the results are received, your AmeriSpec inspector will walk you through the findings. They’ll advise you on the next best steps to deal with mold in your home.
Carbon Monoxide Inspection
In addition to mold, the presence of hazardous gasses can also be harmful to you and your family.
One of these noxious gasses is carbon monoxide (CO). According to the CDC, carbon monoxide is a toxic gas produced when you combust fuel in vehicles, stoves, grills, fireplaces and other gas appliances. Carbon monoxide can build up indoors, poisoning anyone who breathes it in.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
- Chest pains
Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to serious health issues, including death.
Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless and invisible which makes it hard to detect. That’s why if you have concerns about carbon monoxide, it’s important to have it tested professionally. AmeriSpec uses a special electric detector that’s more sensitive and can detect small amounts of carbon monoxide that store-bought detectors could miss. Trust the AmeriSpec team to keep your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Another dangerous gas your family can be exposed to in the home is radon. Much like carbon monoxide, radon is also odorless and colorless. It is produced from the breakdown of radioactive elements in the rocks and soil beneath your home.
Symptoms of radon poisoning include:
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent cough or coughing up blood
- Chest pains
Long-term exposure to radon can cause other serious health issues including lung cancer and even death.
AmeriSpec recommends scheduling a professional radon inspection every two to three years because the radon levels in your home can change based on environmental factors. During an AmeriSpec radon inspection, a certified professional will use cutting-edge equipment to get precise readings in different areas of your home. Once the tests are complete, the inspector will discuss test results and provide recommendations to lower radon levels in your home.
Gas Leak Inspection
A gas leak occurs when a gas pipe or appliance discharges methane vapor into the air. Methane gas is flammable and can cause explosions. This gas also eliminates oxygen from closed spaces which makes it difficult to breathe.
Signs of a gas leak:
- Rotten/sulfur smell
- Unexplained dead houseplants
- Hissing or whistling sound near a gas line
- Damaged gas pipe
Fortunately, a local AmeriSpec inspector can provide a gas leak detection test during your general home inspection or as a separate test after you move in. During an inspection, each gas appliance is examined. Once the inspection is completed, the AmeriSpec inspector provides the best course of action to take if a leak is discovered.
Water Bacteria Inspection
To ensure your family is drinking clean water, you can request a water bacteria inspection. During this inspection, your AmeriSpec inspector will test your water supply for contaminants and pollutants such as iron, chlorine and lead. PH levels and acidity will also be tested. Water samples will then be sent to a lab for extensive testing. As with every AmeriSpec inspection, results and next steps will be discussed with you.
Schedule an AmeriSpec Inspection for Your Home
Make your home a safe environment for your family to live and thrive in. AmeriSpec inspectors can perform a variety of detailed home specialty inspections to protect your health. With more than 150 locations across North America, it’s easy to find an AmeriSpec expert near you. Contact us today to schedule your speciality inspection or learn more about our services.