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Water Quality Testing in Your Home

Posted on: February 27th, 2015 | No Comments

In the process of buying or selling a home, you will probably get a home inspection that includes water quality testing. Sometimes water quality testing will determine that there are no issues, but other times tests can reveal potentially devastating problems that are a danger to the health of the home and its occupants. Plumbing could need to be replaced, the water source further investigated, or other repairs might be required. Repairs resulting from water quality testing can amount to as much as tens of thousands of dollars. The worse case scenario is the property being condemned. Ultimately, it’s better to be safe than sorry – both to protect your investment and to protect your family.

 

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Water quality testing measures the following:

  • Acidity – Acidic water will register below 7 on a pH scale while basic water will be indicated by anything above 7. Results typically vary between 7 and 7.5. Water that is more acidic can be corrosive to plumbing, leave stains, and even carry and release lead into water that is consumed, posing a health concern.
  • Chlorine – While chlorine may be used to disinfect public and private water sources, large leftover traces react with decaying organic matter to form cancer-causing carcinogens. Water quality testing also detects chlorine to help maintain the taste and odor of the water, because too much chlorine can alter both. It can even irritate skin and eyes.
  • Water Hardness – Calcium and magnesium build up in water and these metals, if not detected by water quality testing, can present health risks. They also build up scale residue in pipes over time and can severely clog the plumbing system. Or, if water hardness is low, it can be as corrosive as acidic water.
  • Iron – This mineral exists in the ground naturally and leaches into drinking water. While a small amount is healthy, too much can taste bitter or discolor skin, clothes, and hair.
  • Copper – A small amount of copper is expected from water quality testing. However, anything more than 1ppm can lead to health problems including anemia, pancreatitis and jaundice.
  • Nitrates and Nitrites – Sewage, fertilizer, and other man-made chemicals can seep into a water system and cause health risks, especially to pregnant women and unborn children. It reduces the oxygen available to adults as well as fetuses.

When buying or selling, water quality testing is just another essential part of health and safety inspections. Having potable water and ensuring that your pipes last is as important as a solid foundation, roof, or functioning heat. Consider these inspection services from Inspect-It 1st before investing in or handing over your property to another family. Inspect-It 1st will ensure that your home is safe for your family and will last a long time.

Assessing the Structural Integrity of Your Home

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 | No Comments

Inspectors checking out the structural integrity of a building.Structural integrity is a key component of safety for any commercial building or home. Consider for a moment that the architect, contractor, or engineer who designed the property did not account for some crucial condition or need. A classic story of failed structural integrity tells of an architect who designed and built a library. The building was beautiful, but each year it sank a few inches due to the weight of the books. The architect had accounted for everything except the books, a crucial aspect and need of the property. Eventually, it was knocked down and had to be rebuilt, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 

While your home may not have thousands of books weighing it down, its structural integrity may not be as strong as a seller claims. The current owner may not realize that the requirements or loads of the structure have changed, especially if the home has been in the family for many years. Perhaps additions have been built without proper guidance.

 

Structural integrity is the ability of a home to maintain its structure over time, not bending, breaking, or collapsing. A lot more is known about materials and their respective strengths today than was known 20, 50, or 100 years ago. Experts can assess the current state of a foundation, load-bearing beams, and other home framework components. It’s possible that the wood or metal used to support your home has been flexing and becoming more stressed and vulnerable.

 

A test of structural integrity assures that catastrophic failure does not occur, leading to injury, damage, monetary loss, or even death. Ultimately, your family is your number one priority. Safeguarding them by inspecting the structural integrity and other home conditions is the best way to gain peace of mind and preserve your investment.

 

Since 1991, Inspect It 1st has been the go-to inspection franchise for buyers, sellers, and real estate agents. Every inspector is trained extensively and offers exceptional customer support, because they care to see homes and other properties that are safe for the occupants for many years to come. Inspect It 1st offers inspection services which range from investigating structural integrity to testing water quality. So before you buy or sell, Inspect It 1st!

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