Environment & Energy Inspection Services
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that forms when radium decays. Occurring as oxygen, radon is common but harmful to your health and potentially deadly. Radon is found all over the United States, but some areas have higher levels than others. Radon, like many other elements, occurs naturally and harmlessly diffuses through outdoor air. When radon comes into a home or building, the condensed elevated levels can be harmful to the point of causing lung cancer. Radon enters a home through various means: crawl spaces, brick walls, sump pumps, cellars or anywhere that the flow of air is allowed to stagnate. Since humans cannot detect radon gas by sight or smell, the effects are not immediate. It is important to have a home tested for radon. If your home tests high for radon, its remediation is not difficult or prohibitively expensive. It is the cost of doing nothing that could be expensive.
- EPA action level is 0.4 pCi/L (Picocuries per liter of air)
- 1 out of 15 homes test at this level or greater
- If you are exposed to 0.4 pCi/L you are 5 times as likely to die of cancer than in a car accident
- Exposure to 20 pCi/L has the same effect as smoking 1 pack of cigarettes per day
Contaminants may change the appearance, smell, and taste of your water, but you may be aware of them floating in your glass. We recommend testing of well water to coliform bacteria and nitrates when selling or purchasing a home with a private well. Tests for these contaminants should be preformed annually.
Moister detection is a walk through inside and out and is essential in determining whether moisture damage is present in your home. Moisture damage can be caused by many things: equipment not operating correctly or lack of improper insulation or venting, bulk water intrusion, rain, or plumbing leaks. Moisture problems can lead to mold and deterioration of building. We test all areas of your home and provide a detailed report of any signs of moisture.
Home or Commercial Properties
We walk through your property, observing everything from top to bottom, inside and out, that relates to energy and energy losses and infractions, offering easy to follow information that will immediately lead to energy cost savings, including weatherization and home components.
Thermal imaging can detect heat loss areas from poor or missing insulation or caulking moisture areas caused from plumbing leaks or outside penetration that is not visible during a walk through moisture or energy audit report or a walk-thru energy audit. It can detect dampness under flooring, structural damage and missing framing, and covered heat-a/c vent openings. It can also detect over-heated electrical and water penetration that will cause structural damage and mold. Thermal imaging is the best and least inactive way to check your real estate investment for these problems. We will provide you with a detailed report of infractions and recommend the best way to handle it.
The 2015 Minnesota Residential Energy Code now requires thermal envelope testing on all new construction. The buildings or dwelling unit shall be tested and verified as having an air leakage rate of not exceeding 3 air changes per hour. This testing is done with a blower door which is a powerful fan mounted into the frame of an exterior door. This fan pulls air out of the house to lower the air pressure inside. The auditor will then test for air leaks as the air pressure changes. These tests determine the air infiltration rate of the building or dwelling unit.