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• Sunday, May 07th, 2017

A big conflict of interest does exist in the Mold and Radon Gas Testing profession with the  Remediation and mitigation contractors.

As a consumer you really need to be aware of the potential conflict of interest that exists between these two separate businesses and don’t allow yourself to get ripped off.  There are many companies that their main business is the Remediation of mold and the mitigation of Radon Gas.  They typically are not interested in testing first to see if you really have mold and the extent of it.  Their main objective is to get you to agree to a remediation job which is typically very expensive and in many cases not even needed.

The same goes with companies that offer very cheap or sometimes even free Radon Gas Testing.  Their objective is to sell you on a Radon Gas Mitigation system, which can be quite expensive.  Think about it for a quick second, Do you really think they could stay in business by doing free or below their cost testing?….I think not.

Please remember that when in need of a Mold inspection and test, or a Radon Gas Test do yourself a Huge favor and be sure that you do not use any testers that also do the remediation or mitigation work as well.

Call 301-534-0669 today and sleep better and safer tomorrow.

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• Thursday, December 03rd, 2015

OK so some of you already no that last Wednesday I was interviewed by ABC News regarding a Local Radon Gas Issue.

 Maryland Home Inspection Services – ABC News

 

Yesterday I was interviewed again by ABC News after a school PTA meeting where some school officials were giving bogus info to the staff and parents. I told them what I think about what they said…

 Maryland Home Inspection Services – ABC News

 

Maryland Home Inspection Services and The Washington Post
Also yesterday I was also interviewed by the Washington Post
Jim Keilson , Maryland Home Inspection Services – Washington Post

 

Everyone should be aware of the dangers and Health Risks of exposure to elevated levels of Radon Gas.  It is relativle inexpensive to ave your home professionally tested.You owe it to yourself and your family

Call 301-534-0669 today and sleep better and safer tomorrow.

Jim

 

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• Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

 

January is National Radon Action Month.
The holiday season has come and gone and hopefully we all had a great time with friends and family. Sharing gifts and good times and spreading love and joy to all of those we know. The holiday season also brings in the cold weather which in turn promotes a closed house condition. This means we keep the windows and doors closed more and fix any air leaks in the home we may notice.

ABC news just did a story Today on  Radon in public schools.  They did an Interview with me as President of Maryland Home Inspection Services and also Maryland RadonTesting.org as well as being a Certified Maser Inspector and a Certified Indoor Air Consultant they felt I was a good professional to talk to about Radon testing etc. in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.

OK so what is Radon? And why should you have your home tested As Soon As Possible?
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the decay of naturally occurring radium and uranium in the earth. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall and the LEADING (#1) cause in non-smokers. The EPA estimates that as many as 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year are caused by radon. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas. It is not poisonous. Radon occurs naturally from the breakdown of deposits of radium and uranium that are present in virtually all soils everywhere in the US and throughout the world. Normally, the radon gas disperses harmlessly into the air; but, it can get into homes, and since you can’t see it or smell it, you can’t tell if it’s there.

Radon is a “noble” or “inert” gas, which means it doesn’t combine readily with other elements. Radon is the heaviest known gas, 9 times denser than air, and it consists of one, tiny, single atom—so it can penetrate most common building materials like sheet rock, mortar, wood, most insulation, even concrete, and block walls or flooring.

This is a direct quote from the epa.gov website;
“You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 20,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk, and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.”

Radon is colorless and odorless, so the only way to know if your home has a problem
is to TEST FOR IT.

What is a radon test?
A radon test is a simple, non-invasive test that can be conducted in as little as 48 to 96 hours to determine if radon gas is present. The inspector will need access to the home to initially place the measurement devices, and to retrieve the devices upon completion of the test. A detailed analysis is performed by a certified lab and results are provided to you generally within 2 days of submission for analysis. Not all inspectors are equal or even certified to perform a radon measurement inspection. Certification is not required in the state of Maryland, however, to set us apart from others
Maryland Home Inspection Services has chosen to be 100% certified and recognized by the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2).

 

Please call us today to have your test performed and to ensure the health and happiness of you and your family. Visit our main site to learn more and to set up your appointment today.

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• Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

When it comes to some things, bigger is not always bigger.I am referring to Professional Home Inspections. Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make and you want it to be the correct decision. To aid in making this decision you need to have a very good detailed, unbiased professional Home Inspection. This is not the time to just call some big impersonal company just because they can get to you that someday. You may call up a company and feel great about the person on the phone, but is that really the inspector that is going to inspect your investment? or is that person simply a great salesman on the phone.

Here at Maryland Home Inspection Services we pride ourselves on giving the personal touch you deserve. Sure we have multiple inspectors when necessary, but the inspector you speak with on the phone or email with that you feel comfortable with will always be the lead inspector on your Inspection. So once you are ready to have your inspection performed do a little shopping and remember the biggest is not the always best.

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• Thursday, May 31st, 2012

OK don’t get me wrong, there are always a “few” exceptions to every rule, so that being said please read on.

We all know or should know that the home inspection is one of the most important steps before buying a home. For home buyers, it may be grounds for negotiating price offers, renovations, or necessary fixes. As a fairly comprehensive diagnostic test on the condition of your future home, it is designed to educate both buyers and sellers about deficiencies and problems that should be taken care of to prevent long-term damage. Some issues require immediate attention, and others may be grounds for negotiating fixes prior to moving in.

A Home Inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of a residential dwelling, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of said dwelling. Components may include any combination of mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, or other essential systems or portions of the home, as identified and agreed to by the Client and Inspector, prior to the inspection process.

A Home Inspection is intended to assist in evaluation of the overall condition of the dwelling. The inspection is based on a visual observation of the visible and apparent condition of the structure and its components on the date of the inspection, and not the prediction of future conditions.

A Home Inspection will not reveal every concern that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date and time of the inspection.

OK so today I had a realtor send me an email which was cancelling an Inspection which I had all set up with the buyer. I was going to perform a complete thorough Home Inspection in Maryland which was to include a Radon Gas test as well as a WDI (wood destroying insect) Termite inspection. OK so as usual I am swamped with Inspections so it was no big deal however I Rarely (if ever) get any cancellations, I ask the realtor what happened and he tells me that the Seller had a Home Inspection done in the past so he told the buyer (his client) that was ok. I have to say to myself “Are You Serious”? how or why would anyone accept an old inspection that was performed under specific contract for the seller at an earlier date. To me that just seems ludicrous and not very well thought out. I also would have expected any decent agent to explain to their client that this is not a good idea and they should have their own Inspection performed so they have an unbiased, and up to date assessment of the property as well as the current Radon Gas Levels and all the other important information they would gain.

Oh well it never ceases to amaze me how some people can be so naive and trust such an important decision to anyone that has a financial interest in the sale of the property.

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• Monday, January 23rd, 2012

As the new year has begun people should be thinking about the necessary home maintenance their homes need. Home maintenance is not something to think about only when you purchased your home, but on a yearly (or more) basis. Fireplaces, water heaters, HVAC systems, roofs, foundations, windows etc. the list can get quite extensive.

A professional home inspection performed by a certified and licensed Maryland Home Inspector can also be an extremely valuable tool for any property owner. Having a home inspection performed every few years (especially on older homes) can save you a great deal of money down the road as well as provide you with safety and peace of mind.

Every year or even more often you go to the doctor for a routine physical (checkup). You often go to the dentist to be sure everything is ok and to prevent any unforeseen problems. You even bring your car in for routine maintenance. You also do all of these things for all the members in your family, and even pets, so why not your home.

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• Sunday, December 04th, 2011

Whether you need a Full Home Inspection, a Mold Test, Radon Test, Safety/maintenance Inspection or any other type of Home Inspection choosing the right Inspector can be a daunting task. There are several factors to consider when selecting your Home Inspector and price is really on the bottom of that list. Your home or prospective new home is one of the largest investments you will ever make, so this is not the time to try and save 50 bucks. This is the time to find the best possible Inspector for your Inspection needs. Many different issues can arise during an inspection such as apparent mold, radon gas, asbestos, poor air quality just to name a few. At Maryland Home Inspection Services we are committed to providing you with the ability to handle all of these tests in one trip if the need arises. We also do not rely on Real Estate Agents for our work as we feel that many agents have only one thing on their agenda, and that is to sell the home at any cost. We do not have that agenda as our agenda and job is to provide each and every client with a comprehensive and detailed report of the conditions of their property at the time of the inspection with a zero regard for the sale or non sale of the property. Isn’t this what you want in a professional unbiased inspection? I mean you have an agent that will tell you everything is just great or a cheap easy fix if that’s what you want to hear. But if you are looking for a true, unbiased,evaluation then you need to choose an independent, Licensed and competent Inspector.

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• Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Before I get to deep I want to get something straight. Yes there are still some very good Real Estate Agents that do a great job and genially care that their clients get a good deal for their money and possess the skills and integrity necessary to help their clients get the “best bang for their buck” and not get into a bad situation. I personally work with a few of these good agents and have the utmost respect for them. We work well together as they are not like many of the others. That being said there are many agents that have only one thing on their agenda, and that is to close the deal no matter what. Some of these agents will go as far as to contact the inspector after the inspection is completed and the report is done and tell them to change or even omit something if they feel that item or comment may jeopardize their sale.

Agents are there to help their clients find the right fit for their needs and at the right price, location, area and other specifics. The agent is nota professionally trained Home Inspector and should leave that task to the professionals that are trained and continue to train and learn each and everyday. There are professional Home Inspector Organizations such as InterNACHI (International Association Of Certified Home Inspectors) that require all their members to take continuing education courses in all the different components that make up your home and
successfully pass exams on these subjects. There is also special training and certifications for of the necessary procedures needed to perform a thorough and professional Home Inspection. Some of these include (but are not limited to) Radon Gas Testing, Mold Testing, Energy Audits, just to name a few.

I recently performed an inspection for a very nice family that was referred to me by an agent that I have gotten a few other referrals from in the past. We have had words and disagreements before but never to the extent that we just had regarding this last inspection. To make a long story short, this house had all the typical deficiencies that many older homes have such as needing some minor wood trim repairs, new screen door, a few new switches, outlets, caulking etc… all normal issues. OK the big kicker is that the house has some severe Bio -Growth in 4 separate visible areas. I am not talking about a small 3″x3″ area, I am talking about areas that are approxinmently 8’x8′ in area. Also we found a few foundation wall cracks and a few actual holes in the roof where you can see the sky from inside of the attic in several areas. OK so we write up our very detailed report (including pictures) and make the recommendation to our client that these major concerns should be Further evaluated prior to settlement. This is a common recommendation for such a serious safety concern. We wouldn’t want anyone to find out after the fact that they cannot afford to remedy these issues and have no way out of a very physically unsafe condition as well as an unrealistic monetary hardship.

OK well I get a call after the agent saw the report and she was screaming at me and telling me that I need to take that out of the report because it may kill the deal. She continues with a bunch of ridicules threats and screaming, then hangs up the phone. About an hour later I receive an email from her. This was the kicker. She actually put into writing that she has used other inspectors that would change their reports after SHE tells them to? Now that in itself is quite disturbing “If it is true”. I personally know of no Professional Full Time Inspector that would sacrifice their license, livelihood, and integrity just so some agent can make a sale. She also goes on to say that I neglected to bring up this serious issue during the inspection. Now this made me laugh because not only did I bring it up to my clients, I showed them the holes in the roof, walked them outside to show them the foundation crack, and discussed the mold and the options for testing it and then explained the remediation process to them. All this time the agent was making phone calls, and doing who knows what, but certainly not attending to the inspection at hand. The last thing she writes about is that I spend to much time on inspections talking to the clients. I find this hilarious as every client I do inspections for love the education I give them about their possible new home and also about building structures and systems in general. If they don’t want to learn they tell me so, it’s not up to nor should have anything to do with the agent the amount of information I give to the clients.

OK well my rant is over and I hope that at least some people get the drift here and when searching for a Professional Home Inspector do a bit of research and choose who they feel most comfortable with and not just who their agent recommends. Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you may ever make and is in no way the time to go with simply the cheapest inspector nor the only one your agent tells you to. Open your eyes people.

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• Saturday, September 03rd, 2011

What a busy Radon Testing week we had last week. It seems that the publics awareness regarding the health risks associated with Radon Gas is becoming more and more of a concern. Radon is a deadly Cancer causing gas that is the 2nd leading cause of Lung Cancer 2nd only to smoking. We perform professional, accurate and affordable Radon Testing for all of Maryland. We have been through extensive Radon testing training and are fully certified to perform Radon Testing in Maryland If you would like to learn more about what Radon is and what we can do for you then please,

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• Sunday, June 05th, 2011

After many years of performing Home Inspections in Maryland I have found that one of the most important things we can do for our customers is to be very flexible. Obviously we provide all of our Maryland Home Inspections in a very professional manner. We enjoy teaching our clients everything they need or want to know about their new properties and help them to understand the homes needs in regards to safety and maintenance requirements. We like to take our time with each client and never rush an inspection or an explanation. That being said we also try to accommodate all of the needs of not only our clients but also the agents and everyone else involved in the inspection process. This is why we do many of our inspections on weekends (Saturdays and even Sundays) so the client does not need to interrupt their normal weekday routine and can allot more time to the inspection thus gaining more important information regarding this major investment.

Whether we are performing a full home inspection, a yearly maintenance inspection, a safety inspection, a deck inspection, a radon test, a mold test or any other type of professional inspection we believe that taking the necessary time to perform the task and to fully go over it with the clients is a vital aspect of the complete package. We will never rush an inspection and seriously enjoy educating our clients throughout the whole process.

This is just one of the many things we offer all of our clients that helps to set us apart from other inspectors and provides our clients with the quality home inspection that they should receive and deserve.

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