An inside look at home inspections?

Part of the reasoning of this blog is to give consumers an in-depth, more personal look at some of the inherent challenges of being a licensed home inspector, and the top issues trending in the industry today. There are many problems we as home inspectors run in to on a daily basis, from mechanical to… Read more »

Pristine at Illinois Association of Realtors in Chicago

I had the pleasure of working the Radalink booth at the Illinois Association of Realtors annual meeting in Chicago. I was the only down state affiliate asked to help with the booth and support Radalink, the only company with a Certified Radon Report. Thank you Jason Moss and Terry Howell for the opportunity to make… Read more »

Presence of mold can result in harmful side effects

Ever wonder what the effects might be from that little bit of mold developing in your bathroom, or perhaps concerned if the moisture from an air conditioning system can also be producing mold not visible to the naked eye? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2004 the Institute of Medicine found… Read more »

The No. 1 cause of lung cancer—radon or smoking?

Radon has always been considered a distant second to smoking as a cause of lung cancer. If smoking is linked to 87 percent of all lung cancer deaths, why even worry about the lung cancer deaths related to radon (21,000 per year in the United States)? Not so long ago secondhand smoke was a hot-button… Read more »

Here is your Sign!

When inspecting a house, you are looking for clues to help understand the condition of the house and identify items of concern.  Sometimes things are obvious and even the untrained eye can spot an issue.  Hopefully, this is one of the obvious ones.      

Pristine Receives Angie’s List Superior Service Award

Each year, Angie’s List honors companies that have achieved and maintained a superior service rating from Angie’s List members with the Super Service Award. This is the highest honor given annually to companies by Angie’s List, who have achieved and maintained a superior service rating on Angie’s List throughout the past year.  Only 5% of… Read more »

Falling Foundation

The inner portion of the brick foundation has fallen down on this house.  The seller didn’t think the crawl space was deep enough to crawl and didn’t know how I would be able to fit.  The buyer was very glad that I could get in and crawl the entire crawl space.  I think everyone was… Read more »

Looking for the barricade?

Some people take road signs and street signs, but have you ever wondered what happens to road barricades?  Someone used them for floor joists!          

Clogged Drain – Try Infrared

Infrared thermography, IR, allows you to see inside your PVC drain lines.  IR cameras see light which has a longer wavelength and a lower frequency than visible light so you can see temperature differences not visible to the naked eye.  By doing an infrared scan on the drain line you can find the anomalies which… Read more »

New Construction – Why pay for an inspection?

Most prospective buyers of new construction homes feel that since the house is new, they will have a builder’s warranty, so there is no need to do a home inspection.  If the warranty covers anything that goes wrong for a year, why worry? The average homeowner will catch: nail pops shrinkage cracks rubbing doors other… Read more »