Nothing is more important than ensuring the safety and health of your family or employees. The Edifice team is experienced and qualified to perform the following environmental tests and screenings on properties you already own or are in the process of purchasing. If you have any questions concerning these procedures please call our office to talk to one of our inspectors. Environmental testing and reporting performed by Edifice Inspections includes, Radon, Mold, and VOC's.
Radon is a colorless, odorless tasteless soil gas known to cause lung cancer. Because 4 counties in metro Atlanta have elevated Radon levels according to the EPA, Edifice routinely recommends Radon testing for its residential and commercial inspections. All Edifice inspectors carry Radon monitoring equipment. Radon testing can either be scheduled at the time the inspection is scheduled or included at the time of the inspection. The testing period is typically 2-3 days and the test results are available when the inspector retrieves the monitoring equipment. See article 15 in the BLOG section of this website for a detailed discussion of Radon.
Mold, like Radon, has become a growing concern in homes and work places. Damp basements and crawlspaces, plumbing and roof leaks, poorly maintained or operating heating and cooling equipment and homes that have been closed up or have no utilities can provide an environment for mold growth. The only way to determine the type and amount of mold is to perform a mold screen. Once the test results are complete a plan of action can be determined. See article 9 in the BLOG section of this website for a detailed discussion of Mold.
Tighter home construction over the years has all but eliminated houses ability to “breath”. The EPA says that there can be 100 times more chemical pollution inside your home than outside. The EPA also says we are spending more time inside, up to 90%. 20,000,000 adults have Asthma and the rates are increasing. Poor indoor air quality can be the result of growing molds or VOCs, Volatile Organic Compounds.
Some typical household materials that can off gas VOCs are adhesives, gasoline, turpentine, paints, varnishes, propellants and refrigerants. Air borne chemicals, growing molds and Formaldehyde can have serious health effects for those with sensitivities to these compounds. Like Radon, there is no way to tell if your home has VOCs without testing. Testing involves taking an interior air sample. The sample time is 2 to 3 hours and the sampling device is sent to a lab for analysis. The turn around time is 2 to 3 business days and a comprehensive report is sent to the customer identifying those compounds present. An action plan can then be discussed to remove those VOCs found.
Contact any of our inspectors to discuss any of the above services. 770 594 2222