A home inspector does his or her best to try to find problems that could prove harmful to a homeowner. While some potential issues and hazards may be visible to the naked eye, other problems may not be easy to detect with the naked eye. These include things like radon and termites. Radon inspections in Cincinnati often turn up nothing dangerous, and termite inspections can vary from area to area, but a thorough inspection for both must be done by the home inspector to protect the current or soon to be home owner. Both of these problems can prove quite harmful. Let’s take a look at each now.
Radon is a radioactive chemical gas which can be found naturally in rock, soil, and water throughout the world. Every square mile of surface soil, to a depth of 6 inches, contains about 1 gram of radium. This radium radon in small amounts into the earth’s atmosphere. Radon is a carcinogen, which can lead to lung cancer. Although there is technically no safe level of radon exposure, because any exposure at all could cause some risk of cancer, the more of it there is, the more dangerous it becomes. Radon often collects in homes through pores and cracks in concrete or the floors over ventilated crawl spaces. Wet ground often lets radon release faster through the soil. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, and thousands of people die from lung cancer brought on by radon exposure each year. Radon is especially dangerous because it is tasteless, colorless, and odorless.
A home inspector will test a home for radon during home inspections. If radon is found to be above acceptable levels in the house, action will be taken to bring the levels down to an acceptable level. This is usually a simple process and may include sealing cracks in floors, sealing cracks and pores in walls, and or installing unobtrusive systems that can remove radon from crawl spaces, concrete floors, and basement slabs.
Home inspectors will also check for termites. Although termites can prove beneficial, their presence in a home can be disastrous over time. They love to eat wood, which is good for forest ecosystems, as termites will eat dead trees, making space for new trees to grow. When they find their food source in the lumber, these tiny insects can cause a lot of damage. Billions of dollars are spent each year to treat and protect homes from termites. Not only can termites cause structural damage to homes, they can also get into food, destroy furniture, and eat up books. Although a home inspector may be able to determine if a home has a termite problem, only a successful pest control specialist will be able to treat the problem.
A home inspector checks for things that can be dangerous to a home, and sometimes the homeowner himself can spot trouble areas as well. But when it comes to invisible hazards like radon, and termite detection, a skilled home inspector will often detect things the homeowner cannot.