List Your Business

5 Dangerous Hazards In A Home

Once you become a home inspector, there are certain home hazards that you will learn to immediately identify as major red flags. And some of these hazards are so bad, they can make a homeowner sick. Here are the five most dangerous that every professional home inspector needs to know:

1. Lead

a toxic metal used in home products for many years that can contribute to several health problems, especially among children. Exposure can occur from deteriorating lead-based paint, pipes, or lead-contaminated dust or soil.
How to Identify: Homes built prior to 1978 may have lead present. Look for peeling paint and check old pipes. To get a HUD-insured loan, buyers must show a certificate that homes built prior to 1978 are lead-safe.

2. Radon

A colorless, odorless gas that can seep into the home from the ground. Radon has been called the second most common cause of lung cancer.
How to Identify: Basements or anything with protrusion into the ground offer entry points for radon. The Environmental Protection Agency publishes a map of high prevalence areas for radon. A radon test can determine if high levels of radon are present.

3. Asbestos

A fibrous material once popular in building materials because it provides heat insulation and fire resistance. But asbestos was banned in 1985. It may still be found in older home's insulation materials, floor tiles, roof coverings, and siding. If disturbed or damaged, it can enter the air and cause severe illness.
How to Identify: Homes built prior to 1985 are at risk of having asbestos within construction materials. Home owners should especially be careful when remodeling because disturbing insulation may cause the asbestos to become airborne.

4. Hazardous Products

Stockpiles of hazardous household items - such as paint solvents, pesticides, fertilizers, or motor oils - that can create a dangerous situation if not properly stored or disposed. They can cause illness or even death if small amounts are ingested.
What to look for: Make sure these items aren't tucked away in corners, crawl spaces, garages, or garden sheds. Home owners often don't realize these products can pose a danger and may forget they're storing them. But buyers don't want it to become their problem - and expense - to dispose of. If these products are found, make sure the buyer requires their removal and gets a disposal certificate prior to closing, which proves the products were disposed of properly and not just dumped in the backyard.

5. Groundwater Contamination

The result of hazardous chemicals that are illegally disposed of and then seep through the soil and enter water supplies. A leaking underground oil tank or faulty septic system can contribute to this.
How to Identify: Look for any conditions that may be conducive to leakage. Homes near light industrial areas or facilities may be at risk. Also a concern: areas once used for industry that are now residential. Pillar to Post offers a Neighborhood Environmental Report that details any dangers or remedies of environmental incidences and sources of contamination that have occurred at a specified address and within its vicinity.
*Information above provided by

This content was sponsored by:

Better Inspector
6893 Vantage Court
Florence, KY 41042
KM Home Inspection
7569 S Monaco Way
Centennial, CO 80112
Coastal Home Inspectors
6478 Plumosa Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33908, USA
Forth Myers, FL 33901
Johnson Construction Company LLC
1707 N West St.
Lima, OH 45801
Innovative Home Inspection, llc
47922 royal point dr.
Canton, MI 48187
Day &Nite Doors, Inc.
370 E. Orangethorpe Ave.
Placentia, CA 92870
Professional Fire Service, Inc.
151-21 West Industry Ct
Deer Park, NY 11729
TMK Construction - Southern California General Contractor & Home Remodeler in San Bernardino County
2537 S Gessner Rd #277
Houston, TX 77063
Drytech Restoration Services
80 Central Ave.
Spring City, PA 19475
Home Inspection All Star Houston
2401 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
Little Rock Dumpster Rental HQ
1897 Colonel Glenn Square
Little Rock, AR 72204
PO BOX 2302 Sugar Land, TX, 77479 USA
Sugarland, TX 77479
The Original Frameless Shower Doors
1551 North Powerline Rd
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Crescent Movers
6321 N. Cicero Ave, Unit A
Chicago, IL 60646
Inspection Connection
121 Northeast 52nd St. Suite 205
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Turtle Roofing
8404 Sterling St #1
Irving, TX 75063
Bolingbrook Window Replacement
101 Monticello Cir
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

In your area: