Americans spend most of their time indoors – at home, in school, at work. It is therefore vital that the typical indoor environment be a safe and non-toxic place, free from contaminants that could endanger the health and well-being of the people who live, study and work there. Mold is a biological contaminant which can cause mild to severe reactions in people who are exposed to it. Although only a small percentage of molds have been identified as toxic, you cannot know the kind of mold in your environment without a laboratory analysis.

HAZARDWhat is Included in a Champia Phase I ESA?

At Champia Home Inspections, our Phase I ESA includes a walk-through assessment (interior and exterior) of the property, a review of state and local regulatory databases, current and past use of the property and land around it, and recognized environmental conditions (REC), such as hazardous materials. Our inspectors will do the following:
  • Determine the property’s original use and history
We determine how the site and the land surrounding it have been used in the past to find out if it was used to store, treat, or dispose of hazardous materials. This is done through interviews as well as title information.

CHAMPIA 2What if Elevated Radon Levels are Found?

If elevated radon levels are found in a home you are considering purchasing, the EPA recommends that you request that the seller mitigate (reduce) them. Experts agree that the minimum levels of radon in a home are about 1.2 pCi/L. You probably won’t be able to get them that low, but you definitely want them to be under 4 pCi/L.

Radon is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas. It is produced as uranium decays in soil and water. It can be hazardous when found in highly concentrated areas in homes and other buildings. That’s why it is essential to have a house tested for radon not only before you make the purchase but periodically thereafter, as well.