Frequently Asked Questions


Should I test for radon? Is it a big deal?

Yes! The EPA recommends that all homes be tested for radon - an odorless, tasteless, and invisible radioactive gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, responsible for over 20,000 deaths, on average, each year. Radon is a Class A carcinogen, listed in the same class as arsenic and asbestos. The radon problem is especially significant here in PA. On average, 1 in 15 homes (about 6%) have elevated radon levels nationwide, but in PA an estimated 40% of homes have elevated levels! In other words, if you live in Pennsylvania you are nearly seven times more likely to have a dangerous radon level than if you lived in most other states! If your home's radon level is 4.0 pCi/L or higher, the EPA recommends that it be mitigated, and you are encouraged to consider mitigation if your radon level averages 2.0 pCi/L or more, as the average home level nationwide is 1.3 pCi/L and no amount of radon is known to be safe. Fortunately, even high radon levels can usually be corrected fairly easily and with less expense than you might think. We use Radalink AirCats, which are state-of-the-art continuous radon monitors, to test your radon level and provide detailed, accurate, and instant results after a short-term 48 hour test. The AirCat monitors can even detect tampering, so the client can rest at ease knowing their test results are accurate. Even if you have had a mitigation system installed, the EPA recommends having your home re-tested at least every two years to make sure your system is working properly, and we are happy to provide you with that service. In short, every home inspection in Pennsylvania should include a radon test and even homes with mitigation systems should be tested at least every other year.

For more information...

Click here for the EPA Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon

Click here for the EPA Citizen's Guide to Radon

Click here for the Pennsylvania Citizen's Guide to Radon

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What does a Water Analysis test for, and should I have it done?

Our water analysis tests for total coliform bacteria, E. coli, nitrates and nitrites, total dissolved solids, pH levels and lead. This covers all the criteria required or recommended by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and a typical FHA or VA loan, and provides you with a good overview of your water's quality and safety. We hand deliver our water samples to an approved laboratory to ensure detailed and accurate results, and we provide you with a report of the lab's findings. You may only be required to have certain contaminants tested for, but we only offer this package as it ensures a more thorough analysis and meets or exceeds all state or lender requirements. Whether you are required to have your water tested or not, it is strongly recommended that you do for your family's health and safety.

Click here for more information from the PA DEP.

What is an 11th Month Warranty Inspection?

Newly built homes are typically warranted for the first year. The last thing you want is to get to the end of that first year and discover a problem right as your warranty expires. The 11th month warranty inspection provides peace of mind by thoroughly evaluating the home for any issues prior to the warranty expiration so you can have any necessary repairs made while the warranty is still in effect.

What is an Annual Home Maintenance Inspection?

Homeownership comes with a lot of cost and responsibility, and many homeowners prefer to have their home inspected annually to ensure proper maintenance and help anticipate upcoming repair costs. We strongly encourage this wise and money saving practice, and we offer an inexpensive rate for this service to our clients who rely on our expertise year after year. Think of the Annual Maintenance Inspection as a yearly "checkup" for your home.

What is the 90 Day Home Warranty through RWS?

While our company itself offers no guarantees or warranties, we do provide all of our home inspection clients with a free, zero deductible 90 day home warranty through another company, Residential Warranty Services (RWS). The warranty is good for 90 days from the date of the inspection or 22 days after closing - whichever comes later. We take pride in offering this valuable service to our clients, free of charge, as this is a benefit most inspectors do not offer. The warranty covers most structural and mechanical issues a new homeowner may encounter. Should any issues arise during the warranty period with items that appeared to be in acceptable condition at the time of the inspection, simply call RWS. In most cases your claim will be covered, your repair or replacement will be done quickly and professionally, and all at no cost to you!

Click here to view the RWS 90 Day Home Warranty coverage details.

I'm buying a house that's being sold "as is." Should I bother getting it inspected?

The answer to this question is a resounding YES! If the seller is unwilling to pay for any necessary repairs that the inspection may uncover, it is obviously in your best interest to know what you're getting yourself into prior to purchasing the property so you know what you may have to fix and pay for. If the seller is unwilling to make repairs, having the house inspected is all the more important!

If you have any questions that are not covered here or elsewhere on the site, please do not hesitate to call and ask us!