At Home Sweet Home Inspections, we are constantly trying to improve, upgrade, and diversify our services so that our clients can have all the information they need without having to utilize multiple companies. Below are the services that we currently offer for our clients. For more information, or a quick, customized quote, submit your info or give us a quick call today!
We inspect the major systems of the house, including the roof, exterior, structure, electrical, heating, cooling, plumbing, insulation, and interior. We also test all standard appliances. Our goal is to identify any existing major problems so a potential buyer can make an informed decision.
Our inspectors carry multiple licenses and certifications to ensure we can provide the best service and remain up to date with home building techniques. These include certifications by the American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as licensure in Maryland and Virginia. To view our individual certifications, click here.
Radon is a carcinogenic, radioactive gas. It is unable to be seen, smelled, or tasted. The source of radon is naturally occurring and is produced as a daughter product of radioactive decay associated with radium and uranium deposits. It can migrate into structures via basements, crawl spaces, cracks in foundation slabs, and/or preferential pathways created by utility perforations in slab on grade structures. The EPA’s recommended action level is four picocuries per liter (or 4 pCi/L).
Home Sweet Home Inspections has been certified by the National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) to the highest levels. These include having multiple Radon Measurement Specialists, as well as having an Accredited Radon Laboratory.
Indoor Air Quality (Mold) Testing
Mold spores can significantly impact indoor air quality. Molds are simple, microscopic organisms, present virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold can hide behind drywall, under carpet, or in the attic. Molds need very little to grow and reproduce. They only need three things: 1) Oxygen, 2) A food source, which can be an organic material, such as wood or paper and 3) Moisture.
People vary in their sensitivity to specific types and amounts of mold spores. Sensitivity often increases with repeated exposure. Most people are particularly sensitive to the species known as Stachybotrys chartarum, a black “toxic” mold.
Most mold outbreaks are the result of indoor environments that have been the victim of water damage. There is no specific EPA air concentration standard for mold.
Indoor air quality assessors will collect indoor and outdoor air samples for comparison. If individual mold spore species are identified and enumerated by the microbiology laboratory to be at higher concentrations in the indoor samples than the outdoor samples, the results may indicate that mold is actively growing within the building.