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Environmental Concerns


Home Inspectors may suggest some important Environmental Testing for your property. Use the links below to read detailed information on environmental tests available from home inspectors:

Mesothelioma and Asbestos Cancer


What is Mesothelioma

Malignant Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of cells lining the body's internal organs, known as the mesothelium. There are three recognized types of mesothelioma. Pleural Mesothelioma is the most common form of the disease, accounting for roughly 70% of cases, and occurs in the lining of the lung known as the pleura. Peritoneal Mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the abdominal cavity, known as the peritoneum and pericardial mesothelioma originates in the pericardium, which lines the heart.

Radon Gas


Radon is a Cancer-Causing, Radioactive Gas

You can't see Radon. And you can't smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That's because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

Lead Paint - Poisoning


Why Do You Need to Be Concerned About Lead

Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead also can be emitted into the air from industrial sources and leaded aviation gasoline, and lead can enter drinking water from plumbing materials. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and under are most at risk.

Most Common Sources of Lead Poisoning

  • Deteriorating lead-based paint
  • Lead contaminated dust
  • Lead contaminated residential soil

Toxic Mold


Molds excrete Toxic Compounds called Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins toxic compounds excreted by Molds are called metabolites produced by fungi under certain environmental conditions. These environmental conditions affect the production of mycotoxins at the transcription level. Temperature, water activity and pH, strongly influence mycotoxins biosynthesis by increasing the level of transcription within the fungal spore. It has also been found that low levels of fungicides can boost mycotoxins synthesis. Certain mycotoxins can be harmful or lethal to humans and animals when exposure is high enough.

Pest Control


Pest Control refers to Regulation & Management of Pest

Pest are controlled usually because it is perceived to be detrimental to a person's health, the ecology or the economy. Pest control is at least as old as agriculture, as there has always been a need to keep crops free from pests. In order to maximize food production, it is advantageous to protect crops from competing species of plants, as well as from herbivores competing with humans.

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