AmeriSpec
Eastern Iowa Central Iowa Western Iowa
(319)363-1256 (515) 244-2100 (712)792-9492
 
 
 
     
 
Specialty Services

AmeriSpec is an all-inclusive home inspection service company. In addition to general home inspections, AmeriSpec inspectors are trained to perform a large variety of specialty services*, which may include the following:

Radon

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is a bi-product of the radioactive decay of uranium and radium, and studies of humans exposed to both high and low levels of radon have shown an increase in lung cancer. Radon gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, so the only way to know the level of radon in your home is to test for it. AmeriSpec’s radon inspection service includes the placement of testing devices to measure the ongoing level of radon in the habitable areas of the home. These measurements evaluate the level of radon to determine if any form of improvement is required. Per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you should take steps to resolve the issue if the radon level is 4pCi/l or higher. The EPA document A Citizen’s Guide to Radon (Third Edition) provides the basic information everyone should know about radon. For more information on how to reduce your radon health risk, call your state radon office for copies of the guides listed below:

Other indoor air quality-specific publications are located at: www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/.

Mold

This service determines whether harmful mold is present in a home. Exposure to bacteria and fungus in indoor air has emerged as a significant health problem in residential environments as well as in occupational settings. Molds and mildews are names given to thousands of species of filamentous fungi. They have clusters of spores, which are the reproductive product of the mature mold, that are located on the end of tiny stalks. The web like body, or mycelium, attaches to porous surfaces and may contain chemical compounds, some of which can be poisonous and toxic to humans. Spores pose a larger health concern because they become airborne and can be inhaled. They can also create health problems ranging from allergic reactions to respiratory tract inflammation and infection, depending on the exposure and tolerance of the individual. For more information visit:

Carbon Monoxide

This service determines if the combustible appliances in the home are releasing harmful levels of carbon monoxide. Exposure to carbon monoxide reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. Often a person, or even an entire family, may not recognize that carbon monoxide is poisoning them. The chemical is odorless and some of the symptoms are similar to common illnesses. Carbon monoxide can be particularly dangerous because its deadly effects are rarely recognized until it is too late to take action against them. For more information visit:

Commercial Property Inspections

Commercial inspections include properties such as apartment complexes, motels, office buildings, retail stores, and warehouses. The inspection evaluates the major systems of the property and the visible structural components; it also catalogs the type and condition of HVAC equipment. The commercial inspection results in a concise, computer-generated, comprehensive report of the building’s overall condition adhering to current ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards.

Roof

A roof inspection evaluates the serviceability of the roof in relation to the trouble-free useful life. This service evaluates the condition of the roof surface and components at the time of inspection. The inspector will either mount the roof or view its surface from the roof’s edge or from the ground with binoculars, to visually determine the condition of the roof surface material. The inspector will also visually inspect for any signs of active or passive leaks associated with possible roofing material failure from the attic, conduct ceiling inspections in interior rooms directly under the roof surface, and examine the roof drainage system. For more information on roofs, visit http://www.roofs.com/.

 

 
     
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discussed herein are available at each office. Check with your local office regarding availability of services. See inspection agreement for details regarding scope of inspection and exclusions.
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