Most people go looking for homes that are move-in ready. While there are some people who are willing to invest the time and energy into fixer-uppers, the majority of house hunters want something they can walk right into and start living. For many of these people, the idea of throwing money away seems insane. No… Read more »
Having mold in your home can be a major nightmare. It can spread like wildfire, from damp places like your basement, up through your kitchen and living area. It can also spread downward from the roof boards in your attic down to bedrooms and bathrooms. Before it’s too late, mold has infested your entire home…. Read more »
When perspective buyers get an inspection done a home, they’re usually looking for, “Ok looks great, nothing is wrong.” That, though, rarely happens. There’s always something that’s needed to be improved or something that isn’t up to code. Here are some common findings during home inspections. Poor Drainage Gutters are great. They help remove the… Read more »
When you’re very interested in buying a home, one of the first things you mark off from your checklist is getting a home inspection. But what about getting an inspection before you sell your home? First, it’s never a bad idea to ever get your home inspected, even when you don’t plan on selling or… Read more »
The Illinois Emergency Management agency has now released their new website which includes all of the radon test results and radon mitigation installations in Illinois. It is a great website and has data up to 2011. Check it out here . Just click on your county and you can see the radon levels per zip code.
We harp on this blog sometimes about the dangers of radon, and how Illinois residents should test their homes for radon. Well state legislation has taken note. Beginning Jan. 1 2014, day care center across Illinois will have to show proof their facility has been radon gas tested within the last three years as part… Read more »
The US Environmental Protection Agency has named January National Radon month. During this month, the government agency has put on various events to inform more and more people about the dangers of radon gas. You can participate by purchasing a radon test at your nearest hardware store or even Walmart. Radon is major health risk…. Read more »
Cracks in foundation aren’t very uncommon, and can sometimes be really small — but it could lead to really unwarranted problems. The foundation of your home is kind of like its backbone, holding and securing the building in place. But if it moves, like the earth does from time to time, your home may be… Read more »
There’s a few different ways you can either, A: remove radon from your home, or B: fend it off so it doesn’t enter our home. Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that is radioactive. It’s not an instantaneous killer like carbon-monoxide, but radon is the No.1 cause of lung cancer amongst non-smokers. It… Read more »
Based on our testing in Champaign, have found a new high radon level of 63.1 pCi/L. That is like smoking 6 to 8 packs of cigarettes a day! Since radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, get your house tested.