As part of our normal inspection, we look for the presence of wood destroying insects and damage, rodents and other pests and note them in our report. If we see wood damage or a wood destroying insect infestation, an inspection by a Licensed Pest Control Company is needed. We provide Form NPMA-33 but a separate inspection is needed if we find damage or live insects. If the building you are buying has a termite problem beware of low bids for treatment. There is a fixed cost for chemicals to properly treat a building. Low prices can indicate that sufficient chemicals are not applied to properly treat the building. We recommend the use of "Termidor", not bait systems, to treat termite infestations. Information is available at: TERMIDOR TERMITE TREATMENT
If you have a hornet or yellowjacket problem and live in Litchfield or parts of Hartford Counties removal is available from: YELLOW JACKET REMOVAL
Radon gas is a radioactive, colorless, odorless gas released from the decomposition of radium in the ground. It enters the home through the foundation and accumulate within the home to undesirable levels. It is also present in well water. No correlation can be made between the presence of radon in air or well water on a property. It may be high in one and not the other. Further information is available at: STATE OF CONNECTICUT RADON INFORMATION WEBSITE & U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROPECTION AGENCY RADON WEBSITE
We provide 48 hour canister test for measuring radon in air levels. Canisters are set up at the time of the inspection, picked up between 48 and 72 hours later and mailed to the lab. Results are usually available 2 working days after the end of the test. For radon in well water, a sample of well water is taken at the time of the inspection. This is sent to a lab for analysis. Results are available in about 4 days. There are additional charges for these tests.
Federal and State Governments have adapted guidelines for acceptable levels of radon gas. We do not take a position on the potential health hazards of this element but its presence can be costly to reduce. Systems to reduce radon in air cost from $1000 - $1800. Systems to reduce radon in well water cost from $1800 - $6000. If you are unaware of radon levels when you purchase your home, you may be required to pay for a remediation system when you sell it. This adversely affects the value of your home when it is sold.
Do-It-Yourself Radon in Air Remediation Kits: DO-IT-YOURSELF RADON REDUCTION KITS CONNECTICUT RADON MITIGATION SUPPLIES
Radon in Water Remediation Equipment: CONNECTICUT RADON IN WATER MITIGATION SYSTEMS
CONNECTICUT APPROVED RADON REMIDIATION CONTRACTORS
We inspect visible well equipment for proper installation, proper maintenance and operation. For an additional fee, we provide a flow test that determines well output. Flow is measured at the well tank with a calibrated flow meter. We can measure to the gallon the amount of water removed from the well.The well is allowed to run during the entire inspection. If the well goes dry within 1 hour, flow is stopped for 1 hour and then restarted. The well is then pumped dry again. The approximate recovery (flow) rate can be calculated from this data. Well capacity can vary at different times of the year depending upon ground water levels. A Well Service Company should be hired to inspect the well if you are unsure of the history or condition of the well.
SAMPLE WELL FLOW REPORT EQUIPMENT TO BOOST LOW FLOW WELLS WELL WATER TREATMENT EQUIPMENT
We use: AQUATEK TEST LABS for all of our water and radon testing.
For additional charges (shown on our price list) separate tests can be conducted to determine the presence of:
- Bacteria (coliform & fecal coliform) BACTERIA IN WELLS
- Clarity, Color, Odor, pH, Hardness, Nitrates, Nitrites, Sulfate, Chloride, Sodium, Copper, Iron & Manganese (i.e. Drinkability) WATER ANALYSIS
- Dissolved Radon Gas in Water RADON IN WATER REMEDIATION EQUIPMENT
- VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) From Solvents, Petroleum Products & Pesticides.
- Dissolved Lead in Water.
- Uranium in Well Water. URANIUM IN CONNECTICUT WELL WATER
Samples are taken and sent to Aquatek Labs. Typically, results are available 4 to 5 days after the inspection. SAMPLE WATER ANALYSIS REPORT.PDF
Useful Information on Ground Water Wells is Found at: AMERICAN GROUND WATER TRUST, NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, GROUND WATER SCIENCE,
WELL OWNER.ORG WELL WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS AND FILTERS
EASYWATER CHEMICAL FREE WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS
Don't put anything in your septic system that you have not already eaten.
Septic systems can be very costly to repair and should not be forgotten. Repairs can cost up to $20,000. An independent Septic Service Company should inspect the system. A complete inspection includes inspecting both the tank and distribution boxes. Septic system inspections cost from $250 to $600.
We feel the best inspections are done by companies that use fiberoptic inspection equipment. We have a list of these companies.
We do not perform septic inspections. We can make referrals for Septic Service Companies we have found to be reputable in many areas. You can also consult your Realtor, the Yellow Pages or YellowPages.com.
MAINTAINING YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM
ABOUT YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECTION
Additional information on Septic Systems is Found at: SEPTIC SYSTEM INFORMATION
MORE INFORMATION ON SEPTIC SYSTEMS
We are able to identify possible sources of asbestos and lead in the building. There is no additional charge for this service. We can send samples to an independent laboratory for analysis for an additional charge. A Certified Lead or Asbestos Inspector can be hired to inspect buildings of extreme concern. Licensed lead and asbestos inspections are very costly.
Mold or mold damage, if observed during the inspection, is reported. Mold growth is caused by excessive moisture. We try to identify the source of moisture and all areas affected. The first action is to correct and remove the source of moisture. Small areas of mold can be cleaned up by the Homeowner. Extreme cases of mold damage require professional abatement that is very costly. Additional information is available at: http://www.epa.gov/mold/ and http://www.epa.gov/mold/pdfs/moldguide.pdf