Radon In Air
Radon is a gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
Radon from soil gas is the main cause of radon problems. Sometimes radon enters the home through well water. In a small number of homes, the building materials can give off radon, too. However, building materials rarely cause radon problems by themselves.
Aquatek Labs located in Connecticut is the testing laboratory that we utilize.
Tests can be conducted to determine the presence of the following:
2. Radon in Water
3. VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds)
4. Lead in Water
5. Arsenic in Water
6. Uranium in Water
7. Heavy Metals
Wood Destroying Insects
Termites and other wood destroying insects such as carpenter ants, powder post beetles, and carpenter bees can do significant damage to a home.
Premier Home Inspection will conduct a wood destroying insect inspection for our clients.
The wood destroying insect report is not part of a home inspection. The wood destroying insect inspection is completed using form NPMA-33. Your mortgage company may ask for a copy of this form. There is a place for a license number on the form. CHFA, VA, and FHA loans may require this form to be filled out. Cost $55.00.
Well Flow Testing
Wells should produce a minimum of three gallons of water per minute. Anything less than three gallons per minute will create hardships for the home owner. A good producing (residential) well will deliver in the region of five or more gallons of water per minute.
The gallons per minute are the number of gallons being delivered at the end of a controlled test. Many wells can produce five or more gallons per minute for five or ten minutes but cannot sustain the volume for a period of time.
If the well cannot sustain the volume demanded and the water flow is less than three gallons per minute, runs dry during the test or produces silt, there is a problem with the well that will need to be rectified.
The first remedy that should be tried is to limit (or reduce) the quantity (gallons) of water that the pump delivers for use by fitting a restrictor valve (or resetting the valve if it is already in place). By reducing the flow many wells that draw down to less than three gallons per minute can operate without a problem when delivering a lower quantity.
If the problem is not cured with a restrictor, it may be necessary to drill a new well. This is a costly exercise and there is no guarantee that they will find water (or a supply that is better than the one that is being replaced).