Hazardous Materials In Your Home

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Many materials used in older home construction contained potentially hazardous substances such as asbestos, lead, Urea-formaldehyde foam insulation and other potentially hazardous materials. These and environmental issues such as mold, radon gas, and water pollutants, can not typically be fully identified and/or categorized by a visual home inspection. Therefore, they are not part of my Standard Home Inspection.

I will always attempt to point out visible substances that may be considered dangerous to you or your family's health, but unless otherwise stated in your home inspection report, the existence of hazardous materials, which may or may not be present on the property, was not observed by Massachusetts Home Inspections.

Your home inspection report will state if such materials were observed and I will identify the exact location on your inspection report, but I can not confirm said substances since laboratory testing and, in many cases, experts or appropriate licensing in the State of Massachusetts is necessary to detect the presence of such substances. If you have any concerns about whether hazardous materials might exist in your home, please consult with an appropriate industrial hygienist, hazardous materials specialist, or other qualified expert.

If you are unable to locate the appropriate laboratory to test hazardous looking materials for you, I can highly recommend an excellent laboratory located in Woburn, Massachusetts. This lab has tested numerous materials for my past clients and they have received their results promptly on-site.

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I recently accompanied David Valley during his inspection of the house my son was buying. Having purchased a number of houses during my lifetime, I considered myself very knowledgeable and thorough. However, he surpassed me greatly, picking up on important details I would have missed. He frequently suggested ways on how something could be fixed or improved. He displayed broad knowledge of house structure, heating and cooling system, plumbing, electrical, etc. David is the best home inspector I have ever employed and I recommend him implicitly. Thank you for a great home inspection.

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Last updated on  Feb 27, 2013