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  • 1. Environmental Issues Awareness for REALTORS ® and Home Inspectors Presented by Roger DeBenedetto Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group TRU-CHECK TRU-CHECK Home Inspection Group LLC.
  • 2. Why should environmental Issues be a concern? Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 3. As professional REALTORS ® , and Home Inspectors, the legal community alleges that we should Know the potential effects that environmental issues can have on health and property values and are obligated to disclose when these conditions are observed. Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 4. Seller disclosures and contract disclaimers will not protect you from potential legal action if the litigant can prove that you knew about a problem or convince a jury that you should have known! Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 5. My First Sale? Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 6. Don’t Be Scared! Be AWARE of the issues And control your Risk! Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 7. Typical environmental concerns to be aware of <ul><li>Lead </li></ul><ul><li>Asbestos </li></ul><ul><li>Water quality </li></ul><ul><li>Underground fuel storage </li></ul><ul><li>Radon </li></ul><ul><li>Mold </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 8. Environmental Data Resources <ul><li>Get a health report on your home. </li></ul><ul><li>Each EDR report includes detailed known information about known and potential environmental concerns about your home. </li></ul><ul><li>Protects you and your family’s health </li></ul><ul><li>Understand nearby risks </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure a sound investment </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 9. Lead Why is it a Problem? <ul><li>Lead is poisonous and is considered a hazardous material by the EPA </li></ul><ul><li>Lead can enter the body by breathing or ingesting dust or paint chips </li></ul><ul><li>Lead is particularly hazardous to pregnant women and children </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 10. When is Lead Not a Problem <ul><li>Lead paint fully encapsulated by non-lead based paint or lead paint in very good condition (no chips or peeling) is usually not a problem </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful to mention, however, that remodeling projects could release lead into the home if the base paint is sanded, sawed or otherwise disturbed. </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 11. Lead sources in and around the Home <ul><li>Chipping or peeling lead based paint </li></ul><ul><li>Paint chips in the soil outside the home </li></ul><ul><li>Lead solder in older pipes or lead pipes </li></ul><ul><li>Lead dust in the home caused by sanding or other remodeling projects </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 12. Testing for Lead <ul><li>Lead testing should only be performed by Licensed and trained professionals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) machine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lab tests of paint chips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surface dust tests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water testing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Home test kits </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 13. Lead Testing Limitations <ul><li>Home test kits are not always reliable </li></ul><ul><li>Testing is expensive (Special Cert. Req’d) </li></ul><ul><li>A house has many walls and trim pieces inside and out, any one of which could contain lead. It is usually not practical to test each and every potential area of the home for lead paint </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 14. Lead Risk Management <ul><li>If a house was built before 1978, it probably contains some lead based paint. Be sure it is disclosed as such by a seller, and look for it as a buyer’s rep on the seller’s disclosure. </li></ul><ul><li>Recommend testing if the client desires, but explain the limitations. </li></ul><ul><li>Use only trained, certified professionals. </li></ul><ul><li>Recommend water testing on very old homes </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 15. Lead Risk Management <ul><li>Always refer clients to the EPA website for information and publications on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifying lead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seeking help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future remodeling projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 16. Asbestos Why is it a Problem? <ul><li>Asbestosis – A lung disease caused by inhaling fibers that the body tries to dissolve by creating an acid which eventually destroys the surrounding lung tissue. Latency period is 25-40 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Lung Cancer – In the form of Mesothelioma, a cancer of the pleura (outer lung lining) and lung cancer which may be greatly increased (by about 50%) by cigarette smoking. </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 17. Asbestos – Where is it found in and around the Home? <ul><li>Pipe insulation on older boiler pipes </li></ul><ul><li>Siding and roofing shingle </li></ul><ul><li>Older floor tile systems </li></ul><ul><li>Plaster </li></ul><ul><li>Older Insulation </li></ul><ul><li>Other thermal and heat/fireproofing materials </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 18. Asbestos When is it a problem? <ul><li>Anytime Asbestos is disturbed in such a manner that the Asbestos fibers can become dislodged or airborne, such as crumbling, sawing, scraping or sanding, it can become airborne and is considered a problem and hazardous by the EPA. Exposure to small amounts of Asbestos are not considered hazardous but may contribute to other risk factors such as asthma or cigarette smoking. </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 19. When is Asbestos Not a Problem? <ul><li>Fully encapsulated Asbestos or Asbestos products in good condition that do not allow it’s particles to become airborne are considered safe. </li></ul><ul><li>If observed, or highly suspected, it should be disclosed as a possible deferred issue if the buyers are considering remodeling that may include any asbestos identified areas. </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 20. Identifying Asbestos <ul><li>Does the property have Asbestos shingles? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there old (probably abandoned) Steam pipes? </li></ul><ul><li>Houses built between 1930-1950 may have asbestos insulation </li></ul><ul><li>Is there old, thick looking tile, usually marble like in appearance still in place? </li></ul><ul><li>Older wood stoves, furnaces or plaster may contain asbestos </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 21. Asbestos Testing <ul><li>Asbestos testing almost always involves identifying a suspected material, taking samples, and sending them to an accredited Lab. Because of potential liability, it is recommended that Professionals be used for this process. </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 22. Asbestos Risk Management <ul><li>Disclosure </li></ul><ul><li>If in doubt about a material, recommend testing </li></ul><ul><li>If Asbestos presence is obvious, be clear about when it is or isn’t a problem, but always refer you client to the EPA website for more information and publications </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 23. Water Quality When is it a problem, or potential problem? <ul><li>When impurities exceed EPA guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Well water systems with or without purification equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Old homes that may have lead or lead solder pipes </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 24. Water Testing <ul><li>Home Test Kits (Be aware that specific testing protocol must be utilized for the tests to be accurate and reliable) </li></ul><ul><li>Typical (most common) tests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bacteria (Coliform and E-Coli) (wells) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemical (Nitrite, Nitrates, turbidity) (wells) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lead (older homes with or without wells) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combination tests </li></ul></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 25. Water Testing Risk Management <ul><li>Recommend testing for all well water supplies with or without treatment systems </li></ul><ul><li>Recommend testing in all older homes with the potential for lead or lead soldered pipes </li></ul><ul><li>Recommend professional to test </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 26. Underground Fuel Storage Why is it a problem? <ul><li>Underground systems can leak and be expensive to remediate later </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 27. Underground Fuel Storage Risk Management <ul><li>Awareness. Be sure that it is disclosed on a seller disclosure if you know about it or strongly suspect it, and be sure to let your buyers know if you determine later that there is one in place. </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 28. Radon <ul><li>Odorless, colorless gas caused as a result of Uranium decomposition into Radium, then Radon </li></ul><ul><li>Radon half life is 3.8 days </li></ul><ul><li>Radon decays to produce 2 Alpha and 2 Beta isotopes with half lives &lt; 30 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Continued exposure can lead to lung cancer </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 29. Radon Why is it a Problem? <ul><li>Second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Surgeon General recommends that all homes be tested for Radon </li></ul><ul><li>Radon can occur anywhere! </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 30. Radon Testing <ul><li>The easiest method to test for Radon is a “Two Canister” EPA protocol test for Real Estate transactions </li></ul><ul><li>Testing takes a minimum of 48 hours under “closed house” conditions plus lab time </li></ul><ul><li>Readings over 4 Pico Curies/liter require remediation </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 31. Radon Risk Management <ul><li>Recommend testing </li></ul><ul><li>Testing priorities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slabs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crawlspaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Only Certified Radon measurement specialists trained in the acceptable Protocol for Real Estate transactions </li></ul></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 32. Radon Map of Radon Risk zones by county Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 33. Mold Why is it a Problem? <ul><li>Mold has received massive media attention lately </li></ul><ul><li>Mold can render a house Uninhabitable </li></ul><ul><li>Mold can cause serious health and/or structural Issues in a home </li></ul><ul><li>Mold has been the basis of Multi million $$$$$$$ dollar Lawsuits $$$$$$ </li></ul><ul><li>Mold can Kill ! </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 34. Where does Mold come from? <ul><li>Mold is Everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Mold is what helps break down organic substances in the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Mold needs moisture, air and a food source in order to survive </li></ul><ul><li>There are over 1.5 million species and geni of mold of which only 10% have been typed </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 35. When is Mold a Problem? <ul><li>When it is allowed to grow in large concentrations </li></ul><ul><li>When it is Allergenic, Toxigenic, or Pathogenic </li></ul><ul><li>When it infiltrates the Living space </li></ul><ul><li>When it causes destructive deterioration on structural members within the home </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 36. Does Mold Affect Everyone the Same Way? <ul><li>No </li></ul><ul><li>Mold is symptomatic </li></ul><ul><li>Mold affects everyone differently but is especially critical for older, younger, asthmatic, or immune deficient subjects </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 37. Mold – When is it Not a problem? <ul><li>When it is found in small concentrations on non-porous surfaces </li></ul><ul><li>When it is found in non-living areas without any breach to living areas </li></ul><ul><li>When it has not permeated the air within the living areas </li></ul>Presented by TRU-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 38. How to Identify Mold (or the possibility that Mold may be present) <ul><li>Use your senses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sight – Do you see any discoloration? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smell – Do you smell any musty odor? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Look for “Red Flags” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence of moisture penetration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Areas that could allow moisture penetration </li></ul></ul>Presented by TRU-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 39. Red Flags Leaking windows Discolorations Bad Tile with mold Poor Drainage Presented by TRU-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 40. Mold Testing <ul><li>Quantitative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies the “type” of mold present </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Qualitative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies the “type” and “concentration” of mold present </li></ul></ul>Presented by TRU-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 41. Qualitative Mold Testing <ul><li>Swab testing for visible mold </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Viable and Non-viable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Carpet sampling for Mold history </li></ul><ul><li>Bulk sampling for Visible Mold </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Viable and non-viable </li></ul></ul>Presented by TRU-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 42. Quantitative Mold Testing <ul><li>Air-o-cell testing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires outdoor and indoor sampling to establish a “control” for mold spore quantity and type in the local environment vs. quantity and type found within the structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis will indicate if a mold problem exists, and to what extent </li></ul></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 43. Mold Risk Management <ul><li>NEVER recommend paint and cleanup to an observed mold situation. Recommend testing </li></ul><ul><li>When Red Flags are present, recommend inspection and/or testing </li></ul><ul><li>Always use the most Qualified, Certified and Trained Professional that you can. </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 44. Environmental Issues Summary <ul><li>Remember – Don’t be scared! – Be aware and limit your risk! </li></ul>Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 45. Environmental Issues Summary <ul><li>Use and refer to the EPA Website and available publications for advice and info </li></ul><ul><li>You can also view additional links and get further information on my website </li></ul><ul><li>WWW.TRU-CHECKHOME.COM </li></ul>WWW.EPA.GOV Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 46. Turn Environmental Concerns Into: Happy Endings! Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group
  • 47. TRU-CHECK TRU-CHECK Home Inspection Group LLC.
  • 48. Any Questions? Presented by Tru-Check Home Inspection Group

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