Radon Basics

October 5, 2023 | Environmental Services

This is a publication by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection regarding radon in homes. It explains the essence of radon gas, how radon gets into your home, and radon mitigation methods. We send you this publication when we performed a radon gas test on your home or prospective home.Pennsylvania_Citizens_Guide_To_Radon.pdf 

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Air Quality Dangers Most Landlords Don’t Know

August 18, 2022 | Environmental Services

Keeping your rental property in good condition is one of the most important tasks of being a landlord. For most property owners, this task might mean staying on top of electrical and plumbing repairs or scheduling inspections for their appliances. However, a crucial component most landlords overlook is the air their tenants breathe. Poor air can be detrimental to our health. Several studies link it to the development of allergies and other respiratory complications like asthma. Thus, every property owner that prioritizes their tenants’ health and well-being needs to pay attention to their surroundings. Do you wonder what the potential pollutants are? Or what impact bad air has? This article delves into air quality dangers most landlords don’t know. Sources of Dangerous Air Quality 1. Dust Dust is one of the most common air pollutants in any home. Sometimes they also include tiny microscopic pests, which we call dust mites. They’re common in places … Continued

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Two Ways To Fix 2-Prong Outlets

April 13, 2020 | Electric Inspections

Homes built through the 1950s had ungrounded (2-prong) receptacles. That was the norm then but is an inconvenience today.Chester County Home Inspections often find outlets with Open Ground faults. That occurs when homeowners install 3-prong receptacles in the place of the 2-pronged ones, leaving the grounding conductor open. That is an Open Ground defect as the tester found in this home.You can replace the 2-prong receptacle with a 3-prong one provided that the branch circuit is protected by GFCI. There are two ways to protect the branch circuit: with a GFCI circuit breaker in the panel to protect the entire branch, or with a GFCI receptacle device to protect a part of the branch. In the latter case, all receptacles in the daisy-chain after the GFCI are protected also (but the ones before are obviously not protected). There is an additional requirement that must be met, though.All ungrounded outlets protected … Continued

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Environmental Services to Ensure the Safety of Your New Home

June 4, 2019 | Buyer Inspections

If you’re in the market to purchase a home, you know you’ll need a professional home inspection before the deal is done. However, sometimes a basic inspection isn’t enough. It’s a good idea to check into the extra inspections available to you. Many future homeowners don’t realize how many environmental dangers are lurking in homes and could pose a serious health risk. Fortunately, our team at Chester County Home Inspections offers a variety of environmental services so you can have peace of mind in your new Chester Springs, PA, home.

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