Home environmental health risks and the pollution of indoor residential air are becoming increasingly recognized as sources of injury and exacerbation of illness, particularly in vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, infants, children, the elderly, and those living with a chronic medical condition or disability.

It has been estimated that Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, in homes, daycare agencies, schools, and workplaces. This percentage climbs even higher for groups such as infants and young children, the elderly, and people living with disabilities. Given this high percentage of time most people spend indoors, it is important to change human exposure to pollutants which occur not only outside of buildings but inside them as well.

Viewmaster Home Inspections as your professional home inspector works to inform you to as many problems and potential environmental hazards in your current or potential house to the best of our ability. While we may be able to alert you to possible problems, our inspections are no substitutes for specialized contaminant testing.

  • Lead Paint

    Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains high levels of lead (called leadbased paint). Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly.

  • Radon

    Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.
    You can’t see radon. And you can’t smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home.Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer.

  • Termites & Carpenter Ants

    A mature termite queen can lay thousands of eggs each year. During the two-week incubation period, eggs are tended by the worker termites.

  • Oil Tanks

    It is extremely important to have a qualified home inspector. If your home inspector misses an abandoned buried oil tank you could possible have a very expensive clean up, if it is leaking. It happens every day to someone.

  • Asbestos

    Asbestos is a mineral fiber. It can be positively identified only with a special type of microscope. There are several types of asbestos fibers. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance.

  • EIFS

    Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (“EIFS”) are a type of building product that provides exterior walls with a finished surface,

  • Mold

    It is important that you remember that few home inspectors have any knowledge about mold. Many home inspectors can give you general information and direct you to an authoritative source.