Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), or indoor environmental quality, is a term used to describe the condition of air within a building such as a home, school, or place of employment. According to the EPA, Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, and the concentration of pollutants can be two to five times higher than outdoor levelsBy: Chris Karczewski read full article
Time flies when you are enjoying the lovely, sunny summer weather! Before we even realize it, the end of summer is here, and the colder weather of Fall is on the way. When the seasons change, it’s always a good idea to take care of home maintenance to wrap things and prepare your home for the next season.By: Chris Karczewski read full article
Whether you are in the process of buying a home or you have been living in your home for some time, you will want to ensure that your home is safe and doesn’t present any dangers. One issue that can easily get neglected by homeowners is radon. Much like carbon monoxide, radon can be hard to detect without a specialized device or hiring a professional to conduct the test for you. However, prolonged radon exposure can pose a significant risk to your health and your family.By: Chris Karczewski read full article
Home inspectors—may your homeowners and buyers be warned: Having a damaged sewer line can really stink. Unnoticed sewage exposure from broken or blocked lines can expose home dwellers to health hazards like bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections.By: Stephanie Jaynes Member Exclusive
Home inspectors are not required to do environmental testing in Massachusetts where I live. I understand, though, that there are a few tests for contaminants that some home inspectors conduct. It is important that anyone conducting such testing use methods that will result in meaningful results and seek clarification from the lab or an indoor air quality (IAQ) professional if he or she or the client has questions about those results.