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Doing Your Own Radon Test

For doing your own radon test this is my number one recommendation, in most cases. The Pro Series III Radon Gas Detector, by Safety Siren is EPA approved and designed for the homeowner. Just plug it in and this multifunctional detector continually monitors the radon...

Asbestos Safety in Your Home

What is asbestos? Amosite, chrysotile, crocidolite, tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite are the six minerals grouped together and collectively named asbestos. These minerals occur naturally in the environment and are mined for their unique characteristics....

Adjustable Split Jack Posts

Adjustable “split” jack posts or “split” steel columns are improperly used in many homes in New York and are a structural defect. When any of these split type or telescopic adjustable post or columns are installed with the intention of permanent use for the support of...

Average New York Radon in your Town

Measured Basement Screening Radon Levels by Town – October 2012 The document Measured Basement Screening Radon Levels by Town – October 2012 is available in Portable Document Format (PDF, 99KB, 19pg.) The average New York radon in your town is given by...

10 Reasons to Re-Test for Radon

Radon levels and radon test results in homes can vary greatly for many reasons. There are more than a few situations when re-testing for radon is recommended and warranted. Even if your radon test has comes back low- below 4 pCi/L or really low- below 2 pCi/L. Below...

Composite Siding Recall Information

What’s the problem with composite siding? Many types of composite siding will become defective or deteriorate prematurely due to lack of or poor maintenance just like real wood. Composite siding is also known to develop problems due to manufacture defects, which...

Radon Vent Pipe Clearances Explained

When it comes to radon vent pipe clearances it can be confusing what is and what’s not allowed, what’s safe and what is not. Looking at radon mitigation systems in central New York you will see a wide range of installation methods including the location of...

How to Monitor Foundation Cracks

“Should monitor for continued movement” is a statement often written in the home inspection report concerning a foundation crack. Followed by “If continued movement is observed in the crack it should be evaluated to determine if a repair or...