Columbus Ohio Radon Testing

National Radon Action Month – Get Tested!

The only way to know your home or building contains dangerous radon levels is to have a test performed. Not all technicians adhere to equal levels of proficiency, quality control, and business practices. The National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) is recognized by federal agencies and demanded by some state radon programs. NRPP credentials indicate to homeowners and agents the mastery of the specific skills required to successfully complete radon testing and remediation projects. Grand View Property Inspections is certified by the NRPP – Joe Deafenbaugh Certification #111488-RT and licensed by The State of Ohio Department of Health License Number: RT1620

When it comes to understanding your risk from radon exposure, your number means a lot. Radon is measured in pico curies per liter of air (pCi/L). 4.0 pCi/L is the level established by the US EPA for action. Any building testing above this level should be fixed. High radon levels can be a risk anywhere in any state. Old homes and new homes, with and without basements can have a radon problem. And two houses right next door to each other can have very different radon levels.

Average US indoor air level = 1.3 pCi/L (picocuries per liter of air). If you smoke and your radon levels are elevated, your risk for lung cancer is especially high. Smaller lungs and faster breathing rates may result in greater radon exposure in children relative to adults. Indoor radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, responsible for more than 21,000 U.S. lung cancer deaths each year. When you breathe in radon, radioactive particles from radon gas can get trapped in your lungs, where they can damage DNA as they release alpha radiation. It is National Radon Action Month – why not get tested?

Hanging Holiday Lights Safety Tips

Columbus Ohio Home Inspections - SafetyHanging Holiday Lights Safety Tips

Although holiday festivities may look a little different than normal this year, it seems that many Ohioans have gone above and beyond in decorating their homes this holiday season. If you’re planning to compete against your neighbors and to be the “Christmas Vacation House” of the block, make sure you take a couple minutes and read the following safety protocols put together by your local Columbus Ohio Home Inspector.

Inspect lights for any cord damage.

Before hanging your lights you should check each strand to make sure the cords are not frayed, as damaged cords can result in an electrical short which could injure you or cause a fire. Throw away any damaged lights and purchase new ones. Don’t forget to save those unused bulbs for replacements for years to come.

Replace any burnt out bulbs.

Make sure that you replace bulbs with the correct wattage and style. Do not install lights until you replace any broken bulbs.

Use lights made for the outdoors.

Outdoor lights are manufactured to withstand the elements such as rain, wind, or snow without being damaged or posing a risk to your home or yourself. Indoor lights have a thinner insulation which can become damaged when exposed to the cold. Reserve indoor lights for indoor use only.

Be careful when using a ladder.

When hanging lights on a roof or gutter make sure you use a ladder safely. Wear slip-resistant shoes if you have them and climb slowly. Avoid making sudden movements and make sure the ladder is installed correctly on a flat surface. We always recommend having someone hold the ladder when possible.  And always follow the 4 to 1 rule which is for every 4 feet of height you should have 1 foot away from the wall.

Don’t puncture the cords.

Try and avoid using tacks, screws, staples, or nails to hang lights. These objects can pierce through the cord’s insulation and become electrified. Not to mention the potential damage to your home. Use insulated hooks to secure the lights in place.

Most importantly remember this… It’s 2020 – so enough said!

For more tips, tricks, videos, and content, you can always scope out our Facebook and/or Instagram accounts. All of us at Grand View Property Inspections would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

 

 

 

Columbus Ohio Home Inspections - COVID

COVID-19 Policies & Procedures

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

We have adopted the following safety protocols to ensure the safety of our clients, the homeowners, agents, and ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be limiting attendance of the inspection for the last 30 – 45 minutes after the start of the inspection.  At that time we will limit the attendance to two individuals and masks and social distancing are required in order to protect all involved in this transaction.

The final walk through will be where you will be able to ask any questions that you may have as well as to allow us to provide any insight that we may have based on the homes condition.

Buyers

Should you chose not to attend the inspection we are available via phone prior to the inspection to discuss any specific questions you have about the property.  Post inspection we are available to do a phone or video call while still on the property.

We typically deliver the final inspection report to you via email the same day (in the evening) as the inspection. We will be happy to call and discuss the findings with you after the inspection, or at any time that is convenient for you.

Sellers

In occupied homes, we will be wearing gloves and a mask during the inspection on the interior of the home.  We always have designated inside only shoes for every inspection and will make sure that they will be sterilized prior to the inspection.  We will only bring tools into the home when necessary and will only set them within a single designated area typically in the kitchen counter area. Post inspection we will wipe down the area with a food grade sanitizer solution.

We will not be touching or moving any personal or stored items (this is no different than our normal policy, but this is especially important for you to know during this time). This means you will need to move items to allow access to attic spaces in closets and garages, as well as electrical panels (areas where a lot of items are typically stored).