National Building Inspection - Radon, Chinese drywall, Lead
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 Testing for radon gas has become a common test for this hazardous gas that can be found in the basements of homes.  A standard 48 EPA approved radon test can be performed to detect active radon gas levels within the home.     
  Pricing: Radon gas testing fees range from $185 to $250.  If testing is done in conjunction with a home inspection the fee will be $150.  Radon gas tests performed individually will cost $185.  Radon gas re-testing of the same property after a remediation will cost $100.    
 High Radon tests: Radon gas levels that test over 4.0 P.C.L require an EPA approved remediation system to be installed within the property. We can provide you with all the guidance required to get a remediation performed in a timely manner.  A normal remediation will cost the customer between $750 -1000
 How often do you test?   It is recommended that your home be tested once every two years for high radon levels.  Levels can fluctuate depending on weather and conditions within the home.  

 "Chinese drywall" refers to an environmental health issue involving defective drywall manufactured in China and imported to the United States starting in 2001. Laboratory tests of samples for volatile chemicals have identified emissions of the sulfurous gases carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, and hydrogen sulfide. These emissions, which have the odor of rotten eggs, worsen as temperature and humidity rise and cause copper surfaces to turn black and powdery, a chemical process indicative of reaction with hydrogen sulfide. Copper pipes, wiring, and air conditioner coils are affected, as well as silver jewelry. Homeowners have reported a variety of symptoms, including respiratory problems such as asthma attacks, chronic coughing and difficulty breathing, as well as chronic headaches and sinus issues.

 Lead paint or lead-based paint is paint containing lead. As pigment, lead(II) chromate (PbCrO, "chrome yellow"), Lead(II,IV) oxide, (PbO, "red lead"), and lead(II) carbonate (PbCO, "white lead") are the most common forms. Lead is added to paint to speed up drying, increase durability, maintain a fresh appearance, and resist moisture that causes corrosion. It is one of the main health and environmental hazards associated with paint. In some countries, lead continues to be added to paint intended for domestic use, whereas countries such as the U.S. and the U.K. have regulations prohibiting this, although lead paint may still be found in older properties painted prior to the introduction of such regulations. Although lead has been banned from household paints in the United States since 1978, paint used in road markings may still contain it. Alternatives such as water-based, lead-free traffic paint are readily available, and many states and federal agencies have changed their purchasing contracts to buy these instead.

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