Radon Levels in South Korean Homes are 2nd Highest in the World

As the cause of 21,000 deaths each year in the U.S., radon gas is a carcinogen that is officially the second most common cause of lung cancer, right after cigarette smoking. When it comes to radon exposure, there are levels which are considered to be acceptable by the EPA, but no level is considered safe…. Read more »

How Do you Choose the Right Home Inspector?

Whether you are in the market for a new home or are looking to purchase additional property, real estate is a hefty investment. For this reason alone, it is imperative that you are educated on what your purchase entails. An investment in a home inspector is not nearly as large of an investment as purchasing… Read more »

Is Testing for Radon a Health or Financial Decision?

When it comes to testing for radon, there is a big divide between those who believe in its negative effects on health and those who are convinced that the effects are either non-existent or very minimal. The primary reason why I first began testing homes was due to the high demand for radon testing in… Read more »

Home Inspections Can Prevent a Future Mess

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 »

Get a mold inspection before it’s too late

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 »

Common home inspection problems

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 »

Selling your home? Get a Pre-Sale Inspection

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 »

New Radon Data from IEMA

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.

New law requires Illinois day cares to post radon test

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 »

January is National Radon Month

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 »