Examples of Problems

Examples Of Problems That Can Occur In A Home

Radon Gas: There are cracks in the foundation. Nothing structural. Nothing that is going to threaten the stability of the home, but they are there. Nooks, crannies and holes through which seeps an invisible threat. Colorless, odorless, and undetectable by your average human, it is none the less the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. If you are buying or selling a home, radon can be a significant issue. Buyers should be aware of the radon risk in their area and determine whether a radon test is desirable.  
  
Quick Tip: When in doubt, the EPA always recommends testing.
Lead In The Home: Prior to 1978, paints and other products containing lead were widely used in homes, and offices. Chipping and pealing paint can expose occupants to this hazardous material. In children this can cause health related problems including growth, and learning disabilities, headaches and even brain damage. High levels of lead have also been tied to problem pregnancies, high blood pressure and digestive problems. If selling federal law stipulates that you must disclose and lead-based paint in the home. If you're buying, you want to know what hazards may be lurking in the walls, as well as in the pipes. Before you put up your earnest money.

Quick Tip: If you suspect that a house contains high levels of lead, you should contact a qualified professional to do an inspection, Accurate Home Inspections can assist you with lead testing. Contact us with any additional questions you may have, or to schedule an inspection today.
Hidden Water Damage: Water damage can come from several sources: floods, burst pipes, leaky roofs, seepage etc., a slow flow of water can often be worse than obvious leaks, and left untreated it can cause pipe corrosion, foundation damage, foul odors, & mold. In the case of mold getting rid of the problem may be a monumental undertaking.
Plumbing Issues: Plumbing problems usually revolve around on of three things: clogs, leaks, or drips. It pays to be familiar with your plumbing system so you can minimize the damage caused by plumbing problems as well as fix minor problems on your own.

Quick Tip: Find out where the main shutoff valve is and how to turn it off. Being able to shut your water off at the main valve can be vital to reducing damage to your home if a pipe were to burst.
HVAC Issues: Problems with heating and cooling systems can range anywhere from elevated operating costs due to an older, inefficient system to hazardous malfunctions. It is important to be familiar with your heating and cooling systems and to maintain them properly to avoid any dangerous conditions or costly repairs.


Quick Tip: Make sure that your ducts and filters are cleaned or replaced regularly. Duct cleaning takes the expertise of a professional. Please contact Accurate Home Inspections for any additional questions you may have, or to schedule your duct cleaning.
  • Also check the unit for blockages and remove any vegetation growing around it that could interfere with its proper functioning. You should also clean or change the filter.
  • If your HVAC systems run on natural gas, make sure you know where your gas shut off valve is in case you need to close it. You should also make sure to keep an adjustable wrench handy for this purpose.
Roofing Issues: Of all the problems you can encounter around the house, leaks can develop and remain unnoticed for years causing rot, mold, warping and other expensive damages. Leaks can be hard to track as water travels downward and damage can be far from the actual leak. As many people would prefer not to inspect their roofs themselves we offer full service unbiased roof inspections and will provide you with a detailed report of our findings complete with recommended maintenance and repair suggestions. Please contact AHI for any additional questions you may have.

Quick Tip: Don't forget to clean rain gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris regularly, preferably in the fall once the trees are bare.
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