Lumber Liquidators’ Laminates Have an Elevated Cancer Risk

Whether you’re in the process of buying a new home or you’re happy with your current house, Pristine Inspections & Testing is here to make sure you live in a safe environment. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for potential threats to homeowners throughout the country that could affect you, like the recent revelations… Read more »

Polonium 210 – A Deadly Radon Byproduct

A British court revealed earlier this year that in 2006, Russian spies murdered former KGB operative Alexander Litvinenko using polonium-210. The story blew to massive proportions as Russian president Vladimir Putin said he “probably” approved the killing, showing the brutality and underhanded dealings of the Russian government, according to the Observer. As polonium-210 decays, it releases alpha… Read more »

January is National Radon Awareness Month

Radon is a radioactive gas that’s produced by the earth from naturally occurring uranium in the soil and water decaying over time. This gas is harmful to people when exposed to elevated levels over an extended period of time. In some areas in the country where radon levels are particularly high, however, the elevated levels… Read more »

What Is Radon, Anyway?

You may have been told that it’s a smart idea to have your property tested for radon, but what is exactly is radon and why is it harmful? Although many homes throughout the U.S. have some level of radon inside, many people are exposed to amounts that can cause a number of different diseases. In… Read more »

Keep Safe During the Holidays

There are a number of things to look forward to throughout the holiday season, including the opportunity to decorate your house and Christmas tree with festive lights. Unfortunately, decorative lights can be safety hazards if not installed and managed properly, so don’t overlook any potential problems. Let’s take a look at some of the most… Read more »

Thermography – From Your Inspection to the Pyramids

When it comes to home inspections, thermography can be used to uncover a number of hidden details about a property. Thermography is able to show a portion of electromagnetic wavelengths not visible with the eye, just like x-rays and ultraviolet rays. However, thermographers in residential buildings rarely find anything as interesting as what a team… Read more »

Home Inspections: Should You Have One Done?

Some homebuyers in different areas of the country don’t really look at having a home inspection done as a valid investment.  However, going ahead with something like this might actually end up saving you money in the long run.  When considering getting a home inspection, one must consider what exactly is being examined.  An inspection… Read more »

The Importance of a Good Smoke Detector

Smoke detectors are vital in keeping homes, families and belongings safe. But, as the saying goes, nothing lasts forever, and that includes smoke detectors. You may not think about your smoke detector when looking for things in your house that require regular maintenance and attention, but just like any other fixture or component in your… Read more »

Water-Powered Options for Sump Pump Backups

We recently discussed why it’s important to have backup batteries and secondary pumps installed in the event that your primary sump pump fails. However, there’s a third option that is a viable option for many homeowners – water-powered backup sump pumps. How exactly does a pump powered by water work, and how is it different… Read more »

Drones Offer Opportunities for More Thorough Inspections

Unmanned aerial vehicles – more commonly known as drones – have been a hot topic in recent years. Many criticize the safety of using these small aircrafts in crowded areas, while others cite concerns with privacy or surveillance. However, one great advantage that drones offer is in the area of property inspection. A More Complete… Read more »