Exposure to lead can cause serious health issues, especially for young children. Because lead-based paints were not banned until 1978, many older homes are likely to have lead-based paint. Paint chips can flake off from deterioration or during renovations and be released into the air as lead-based dust. Lead can also be absorbed into soil. Older pipes, faucets, and plumbing connectors may contain lead, which can leach into drinking water.
If you suspect the presence of lead in your property, contact ABA for Lead Testing.
Mold exposure can cause or worsen health issues like allergies, asthma, and more serious respiratory illnesses. It can be hidden in the walls, under a coat of paint, and beneath carpeting. A prospective homebuyer is unlikely to find out if a house has mold unless they see it or smell a musty odor.
Home inspectors will look for visible signs of mold and we know where exactly to look. Mold can be present wherever water or moisture has seeped into a home—around leaky pipes, windows, roofs, or basements that may have flooded and not properly dried.
Do you think your house is infested with mold? Contact ABA to schedule Mold Testing.
Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the U.S., and found at elevated levels in one out of every 15 homes. It causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. If you suspect your home of being exposed to radon, it’s best to consult ABA for a professional Radon Testing.
Lead Paint Testing is a surface-by-surface investigation to determine whether there is lead-based paint in a structure and where it is located. Lead-based paint inspections determine it’s presence.
A risk assessment is an on-site investigation to determine the presence, type, severity, and location of lead-based paint hazards (including lead hazards in paint, dust, and soil) and provides suggested ways to control them. These risk assessments are particularly helpful in determining sources of current exposure and in designing possible solutions. You can also have a combined inspection and risk assessment. With any of these options, the risk assessor or inspector will provide you with a written report of findings.
There are 12 types of mold that can be found in any structure that, left unchecked, can result in mild to severe health conditions in the following classifications:
Allergenic: Molds that cause and produce allergies and allergic reactions such as asthma attacks.
Pathogenic: Molds that cause health problems in those suffering from an acute illness.
Toxigenic: Molds that produce toxic substances that can lead to dangerous or even deadly health conditions. This is sometimes referred to as “toxic mold.” Inspection identify signs of possible presence of mold to be determined if testing .
“Radon is actually the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality in the United States,” says Bill Field, a professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa. People really underestimate the potential dangers associated with this pototentially deadly odorless gas.”
Lung cancer is the only type of cancer with a proven association to protracted exposure to radon. “We have some suspicions it may be related to other types of cancers, but there are no studies that have conclusively shown that,” says Field.