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 »

A bad foundation is a bad problem

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 »

How to fend off radon or remove it

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 »

New High reading found in Champaign county

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.

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 »

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 »