Radon in the Okanagan

What is Radon? Radon is a radioactive, invisible, odorless gas that can seep into your home through cracks in floors, walls and foundations. You can’t see radon. You can’t smell it or taste it. But when radon seeps into a closed-in space like a house, it can be harmful. Radon in the Okanagan is not new, but understanding the potential harmful affects is becoming more clear. The Okanagan and much of BC’s Interior has been found to possess one of the world’s highest concentration of Radon gas. More often than not the natural release of Radon from the Earth is harmless given its minimal concentration in our air. However, when Radon seeps into your basement through the foundation it can collect and increase the concentration over time eventually becoming hazardous to your health. In fact, Radon is indicated as the leading cause of cancer behind tobacco in Canada! But this isn’t about scaring you, this is about mitigating your risk. Radon detection kits are available and testing your home for Radon is a wise precaution. There are terrific resources out there to inform and educate. Plus, I am always happy to answer any questions. Check Out: Radon Aware¬†for more information and feel free to contact me anytime. Paul Snook paul@finalwalkthru.ca...

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Vermiculite

Vermiculite is a hydrous, silicate mineral that is classified as a phyllosilicate. There you go… Seriously though, this natural mineral is commonly used in hundreds of everyday commercial products. It is important to note that the real danger is Asbestos. Although not all Vermiculite contains Asbestos, many products made with Vermiculite contained Asbestos until the early 1990’s. Since, Vermiculite is vigorously tested to ensure that no Asbestos is present. In the home our primary concerns are that Vermiculite was used to manufacture high-temperature or refractory insulation, as well as roof and floor screeds and insulating concretes. If your home has it or the home your looking at does, then there’s a problem. The Libby mine in Montana produced approximately 80% of the world’s Vermiculite until the early 1990’s, when it was shut down for Asbestos contamination. That means that if Vermiculite is found in the home, there is a very good chance that there is Asbestos contamination. Unfortunately, Asbestos has been directly linked to Cancer and the only way to ensure protection is to ensure that your home is Vermiculite free. That’s one of the benefits of having a trained and certified Home Inspector on the hunt! Cheers,...

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Why Home Inspections Are So Important

The simplest and most concise answer is that it protects you! Purchasing a home is one of the most important things that you will do in your life. For many, it is the single largest and most expensive thing that they will ever buy. There is nothing worse than reading or hearing horror stories about home buyers that have been bitten because they didn’t have their own inspection done or the inspection was not thorough enough. A qualified and diligent home inspector can help secure your investment. Ensure that your home is everything you want it to be and need it to be for yourself and your family. Here is a list of the Top 5 reasons a Home Inspection is so important: 5) Forecasting Future Costs Home Inspection can reveal any number of minor problems. As a home ages it is very unlikely that maintenance and replacement will not be necessary. Prior to purchasing a home, your report from the Home Inspection can uncover existing issues, as well as identify potential problems that may arise down the road. This can be a valuable tool for budgeting maintenance costs on your new home. 4) Negotiation Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, a Home Inspection report can provide you with the leverage to negotiate the right price. Noting that a home requires repair or that it is in perfect condition can provide you a powerful tool. 3) Insurance Some insurance companies will not provide insurance if the home is afflicted with certain conditions. A Home Inspection can help you secure peace of mind. 2) Protection A Home Inspection will uncover things about a home that the homeowner may not even have known about. Whether that be faulty wiring or foundation problems. The Home Inspections can protect you from making a poor investment. 1) Safety Number one on the list because of things such as Carbon Monoxide, Mold, Radon, and Vermiculite. These are not things to be trifled with, as they each can be present in a home and each cause serious medical problems or even death! Home Inspections help make the buying decision a pleasant one. After all, buying a home should be exciting, it should evoke feelings of joy and accomplishment. Happy Home...

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