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JANUARY: RADON ACTION MONTH IN THE UNITED STATES

Any home can have a radon problem – old or new homes, well-sealed or drafty homes, homes with or without basements. An estimated 1 in 6 homes in the U.S. is affected by radon. Prolonged exposure to unsafe levels of radon can increase the risk of lung cancer; in fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. There is real risk in not knowing if a home has a high level of radon.

WHAT IS RADON?

Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless radioactive gas formed by the ongoing decay of uranium in soil, rocks, sediments, and even well or ground water. While radon that escapes into the atmosphere is not harmful, dangerously high concentrations can build up indoors, exposing occupants to possible health risks.

HOW DOES RADON GET INTO A HOME?

Radon can migrate into the home in several ways. Openings or cracks in basement walls, foundations or floors are common avenues. Sumps, basement drains, and spaces between gas or water fittings can also allow radon into the structure. Other entry points can include gaps in suspended floors and cavities within walls.

HOW CAN I MAKE SURE MY CLIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AREN’T AT RISK?

Testing is the only way to measure radon levels. Your Pillar To Post Home Inspector will set up monitoring equipment and report on the results. If an elevated level of radon is detected, steps can be taken to reduce the concentration to or below acceptable levels inside virtually any home. Professional mitigation services can provide solutions for a home’s specific conditions.

Request radon testing when you book your next home inspection with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors.

Ultimate Home Inspection Experience

The Ultimate Home Inspection ExperienceSM

Pillar To Post Home Inspection Packages include even more exclusive and innovative features than ever! These new services deliver speed, ease and convenience, getting you to closings faster, saving you time and delighting your clients.

Standard with every Home Inspection:

PTP360 Interactive 360° Visual Inspection Summary*

PTPEstimates, a cost estimate for Inspection Summary items*

Also included with Premium and Prestige Packages:

PTPFloorPlan, an accurate floor plan of the entire home

PTPHomeManual, the digital owner’s manual for the home

Technology coupled with deep knowledge allows us to provide an exceptional home inspection delivered within a seamless brand experience. This experience, and the people who deliver it, has made Pillar To Post North America’s largest home inspection company.

Contact us to learn more about everything Pillar To Post has to offer for you and your clients.

*Where available. Not all services are offered by every office.

Each office is independently owned and operated.

Holiday & Winter Fire Safety Tips

Taking some practical precautions around the home can help keep your clients (and you!) safe during the holidays. Here are our top tips for the season:

  1. Use non-flammable decorations both indoors and outdoors.
  2. Check holiday lights for damaged wires and plugs. Enjoy indoor lights only while someone is at home and shut them off before turning in for the night.
  3. Keep live Christmas trees in a water-filled stand and check the water level daily. Dried-out trees are extremely dangerous and should be discarded immediately.
  4. Never allow children to access or use matches, lighters or candles.
  5. Keep space heaters away from bedding, curtains, paper—anything flammable. Never leave a space heater unattended while in use.
  6. Busy with holiday cooking and baking? Kitchen fires are the leading cause of house fires. Keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher within easy reach and know how to use it.

All of us at Pillar To Post wish you and your clients a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

Pillar To Post Newsletter Volume 21, No. 6

The Ultimate Home Inspection Experience

Pillar To Post Home Inspection Packages include even more exclusive and innovative features than ever.
These new services deliver speed, ease and convenience, getting you to closings faster, saving you time, and
delighting your clients.

Standard with every Home Inspection:

PTP360*


Interactive 360° Visual Inspection Summary

  • Brings the inspection report to life
  • Includes every room and the exterior
  • Accessible any time

PTPEstimates*

Powered by PunchList


Cost estimate for Inspection Summary items

  • Learn what recommended repairs will cost
  • Estimate based on local costs
  • Request an estimate with just a click

Also included with Premium and Prestige Packages:

PTPFloorPlan


An accurate floor plan of the entire home

  • Use to determine furniture fit and placement
  • Share dimensions with contractors for estimating

PTPHomeManual

Powered by Centriq


The digital owner’s manual for the home

  • Download user manuals/warranty information
  • Find safety recalls on appliances
  • Indicates age and useful remaining life of systems

Home Inspection At Its Best


Technology coupled with deep knowledge allows us to provide an exceptional home inspection delivered within a seamless brand experience. This experience, and the people who deliver it, has made Pillar To Post North America’s largest home inspection company.

SAFE AT HOME

7 Tips For Holiday & Winter Fire Safety


Taking some simple precautions around the home can
help keep your family safe during the holidays, especially
when it comes to decorating.

  1. Always use non-flammable decorations both indoors and outdoors.
  2. Check holiday light strands for damaged or broken wires and plugs. Enjoy indoor lights only while someone is at home and turn them off before going to bed.
  3. Keep live Christmas trees in a water-filled stand and check daily for dehydration. Dried-out trees are extremely dangerous and should be discarded immediately.
  4. Candles add lovely ambience to your holiday home. Place them in stable holders and keep them away from flammable items, drafts, pets and children.
  5. Children should not have access to or be allowed to use matches, lighters or candles.
  6. Keep space heaters away from bedding, curtains, paper—anything flammable. Never leave a space heater unattended while in use.
  7. Busy with holiday cooking and baking? Kitchen fires are leading cause of house fires. Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher within easy reach and know how to use it. Here’s to enjoying a happy and safe holiday season!

HOME MAINTENANCE

How To Hire A handyman


Whether it’s a big project such as a bathroom remodel, something small like putting up shelves, or repairs and routine maintenance, many homeowners turn to handymen to get the job done. Here are our favorite tips to ensure that you choose the right person for the job:

  1. MAKE SURE THEY’RE QUALIFIED
    Certain projects require specific skills that all handymen may not have. Professional licenses may be required to perform certain work. Electrical and plumbing often fall into this category.
  2. ASK FOR REFERENCES
    Online referral sites can give you a good indication of overall customer satisfaction. You can also ask the handyman for references from previous customers. Ask about the quality of the work, timeliness, professionalism and how satisfied they were with their project.
  3. CHECK ON INSURANCE COVERAGE
    Ask for evidence of liability insurance coverage before agreeing to any work. If the handyman or another worker is injured while working on your property, you may be held liable for medical costs.
  4. GET WRITTEN ESTIMATES AND A CONTRACT
    Ideally, ask three handymen for written estimates for the work you have in mind. Be sure that each estimate contains enough detail so that you can make an accurate comparison. Read all contracts carefully and ask about anything that you are unsure of.
  5. DETERMINE THE PAYMENT SCHEDULE BEFORE YOU SIGN
    Asking for 100% payment up front is not an accepted business practice and could leave you open to fraud. Handymen will often ask for 50% when the contract is signed, which will allow them to purchase materials for the job and assure them that you’re committed. Request receipts for all payments and keep them for your records.

HOME MAINTENANCE

Home Sweet Home Security


We all love coming home to a place where we feel safe. Here are some tips for keeping your home, family and belongings secure.

Secure Entrances – Thoroughly evaluate all entry points to your home. Make sure all doors have a secure lock and reinforce the door frames. Windows should be closed and locked at all times when you are away.

Secure Lighting – Lighting is a basic but important crime deterrent. Indoor lights can thwart intruders by creating the appearance that the house is occupied when you’re not home. Strategically placed outdoor lights create visibility and minimize the places crooks can hide at night.

Secure Garage – Garages are a favorite target for thieves because they contain easy-to-sell valuables like bicycles, tools and sports equipment. Garages can also provide easy access into the home. Keep all garage windows and access doors securely locked. Look into installing tempered glass in windows, or cover the inside of the windows with a sheet of durable polycarbonate.

Security System – There are lots of options available for homeowners who want to take this extra precaution.

The latest systems can be operated using a mobile device and/or smart speaker, allowing you to arm the system and remotely monitor indoor sensors and outdoor security cameras. More conventional alarm systems include third-party monitoring and unmonitored alarms that simply make a loud noise when triggered.

YOUR HEALTHY HOME

Protect Your Family From Carbon Monoxide


Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is caused by fuel-burning sources such as furnaces, water heaters, generators, stoves and even fireplaces, and can result in illness or death. Take these precautions to help prevent a tragedy in your home:

  • stall CO detectors and learn what to do if an alarm activates. This is the most important step you can take!
  • Don’t use a gas stove or oven to heat the home, even temporarily.
  • Never use camp stoves or charcoal grills indoors.
  • Generators must only be used outdoors and kept at least 20 feet away from windows, doors and vents. Do not operate a generator in a garage.
  • Make sure furnaces, water heaters, gas dryers, stoves and ovens are properly vented to the outside.
  • Never start or idle a vehicle in a closed garage.
  • Have the chimney swept and inspected annually by a certified professional.

Thousands of people are accidentally poisoned each year by carbon monoxide, and hundreds die. Be proactive and lower the risk to yourself and your loved ones.

Experience the Pillar To Post Difference. Schedule a home inspection today!