Radon & Water Testing Services in NJ
At Eagle Home Inspections, we handle Residential and Commercial Inspections, Radon Testing services (canister and continuous monitor), Wood Destroying Insect Inspections (Termite), Sellers Inspections, all in-house! Septic Inspections, Water Testing services, Pool Inspections, Oil Tank Inspections, and land sweeps are coordinated with other companies and can be arranged for them to arrive at the same time we do, providing one-stop calling for you. For environmental issues such as mold, lead, or asbestos, I always suggest to let me take a look at it first. If necessary, I will recommend a company who specializes in these areas.
We are happy when you use us for your home inspection, and if we can link you up with other excellent companies, we are happy to do so. You pay each company directly and separately, as none of us take kickbacks or referrals fees. Enjoy convenience without added costs!
Our Specialized Services
I inspect single and multi-family homes, condos, townhouses, mobile homes and commercial buildings. Don’t feel limited to traditional homes! I also inspect Log Cabins, Victorian Homes from as far back as the 1700s, and New Construction. I’ve even inspected a few round, dome-like homes and “earth” friendly homes.
“If someone used to live in, I can inspect it and see if it can be brought back to a habitable condition.”
I will systematically go through the home, inspecting each room. I check the roof, attic, structure, electrical, plumbing, and heating. The complete list would be far too long to include here, but please refer to my Sample Report for details. I customize each report to your home, including many pictures. This is imperative for communicating with your Attorney, Realtor, and other interested parties. I always strive to get the report back to you as soon as is possible; sometimes within few hours of the inspection. Your report will always be an accurate reflection of the condition of the home you are hoping to purchase. Surprises are great for birthdays—not for new homes.
(canister and continuous monitor)
Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil and rock (which is what your home is built on). The Radon enters the home through openings that are in contact with the ground. Radon (and its decay products) releases radioactive energy that can damage lung tissue,
making it “the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.”*
It’s easy to test for high levels of Radon. High levels can be fixed by a Professional (Eagle Home Inspections does not provide repairs). To test radon levels, we normally use a Canister Radon Test. Ed places the canister during the home inspection, where it remains for two to six days. Once the test is complete, Eileen picks the canister up and sends it to Flanders, NJ. Our partner company, Radata, Inc., averages the radon levels over the time period the test kit has been exposed. Once we receive the results, we send them to the Buyer, Realtor and Attorney. 90% of the inspections are done using this type of test.
If the Buyer requests it, we are happy to perform a Continuous Monitor Test. This test is considerably more expensive than a Canister Radon Test, but the Buyer will get an hourly reading in addition to the average. This allows the buyer to see fluctuations in the radon levels. If the unit is touched, moved, or exposed to open windows during the test period, it will ultimately void the test.
*NJDEP website www.njradon.org Radon Testing and Mitigation: The Basics
Wood Destroying Insect Inspections (Termite)
I inspect the entire perimeter of the home, the structure outside of the building, and the interior of every room. The attic, basement and garage are included in the inspection. I check for any evidence of Wood Destroying Insect activity and damage. One of the biggest signs of an infestation is carpenter ant frass (saw dust, body parts and poo!).
Carpenter ants are excavators, which means they don’t eat the wood. Termites, on the other hand, eat the wood and leave behind fecal matter (looks like mud) in their tunnels and on framing. I have seen termite shelter tubes hang down in crawl spaces over 2 feet long!
Carpenter Ants, Carpenter Bees, Termites, and Powder Post Beetles are all Wood Destroying Insects common in New Jersey. If evidence of any of these Insects is found, I evaluate further for visible damage. I can’t rip apart walls or see through them, but I can prepare a report based on the existence of damage and insect waste. The Termite Inspection report is a separate attachment that accompanies the Home Inspection Report, but you will receive it in the same short timeframe. Most mortgage companies require a Termite Inspection.
- Septic Inspections
- Pool Inspections
- Oil Tank Inspections and land sweeps
- Environmental Issues
(mold, mildew, lead, asbestos)
- Well Water Testing
Licenses, Certifications, and Insurance
- I am a NJ Licensed Home Inspector
- License Number: 24GI00043500
- We are NJ Licensed Radon Measurement Technicians
- Ed’s Certification number: MET11107
- Eileen’s Certification number: MET13203
- I am a DEP Licensed Pesticide Applicator
(required for Termite Inspections)
- License Number: 247948
- I am fully licensed and Insured according to New Jersey Laws
- I do home inspections in New Jersey only