What is a PEH?
A Potential Environmental Hazard or PEH is any thing which might alter or impair the
structural integrity of the home, or jeopardize the health or safety of the occupants.
We offer a variety of PEH Inspections including for the hazards listed below.
Especially in moister climates or seasonally moist climates, certain areas of the home can become affected by humidity leading to structural defects, mold, or other serious concerns. A Humidity Inspection involves identifying the source of excess humidity, along with any adverse impact. Often, moisture meters or infra-red cameras are used to zero-in on the trouble spots. A report includes suggestions for relief, and possible repair options.
The air environment is unique from home to home even within the same neighborhood. This is due to many vary factors from the materials used in construction, how the house was built, the diligence of the contractor in eliminating and avoiding use of hazardous materials. An Air Quality Analysis records a minimum of three exterior and three interior air samples to establish a base line and air samples from which a proper determination may be reached as to the quality of the air within the living space. A VOC (volatile organic compound) test may be added if deemed necessary.
Mold must be identified BEFORE clean-up work begins. Many unnecessary exposures occur annually, which could have been avoided by simply evaluating first, to determine the types of mold present. Seeing mold is NOT necessary. Air can be drawn from suspect areas onto microscope slides at a specified rate, and analyzed by licensed lab technicians to determine whether the mold is allergenic or pathogenic. In addition to the identification of the mold type, the exact quantity is also revealed. Mold inspections not only include the inspector’s testing methods and results, but also the lab results and how to read them.
Asbestos is one of the smallest (size) hazards we handle. In fact, the Anthrax virus is larger than some Asbestos particles. Where asbestos is suspected, samples are taken following AHERA protocol, and delivered with a signed and dated chain of custody to a certified lab equipped with PLM (polarized light microscopy) sensors to determine the content as well as the density (percentage of asbestos). All results are forwarded to the client. We are also prepared to provide the required demolition certificates needed on some projects to legally dispose of contaminated material.
A Radon evaluation determines the quantity of radon in the home in pico curies. Where an unsafe level is discovered, information for remediation accompanies the radon report.
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