Radon in NJ

Radon Testing in New Jersey

Jersey Strong Home Inspection, LLC, Morganville, NJ 07751

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. It forms naturally from the decay of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found in different amounts in soil and rock throughout the world. Radon gas in the soil and rock can move into the air and into underground water and surface water.

Radon is present outdoors and indoors. It is normally found at very low levels in outdoor air and in drinking water from rivers and lakes. It can be found at higher levels in the air in houses and other buildings, as well as in water from underground sources, such as well water.

Radon breaks down into solid radioactive elements called radon progeny. Radon progeny can attach to dust and other particles and can be breathed into the lungs. As radon and radon progeny in the air break down, they give off radiation that can damage the DNA inside the body’s cells.  In many cases resulting in lung cancer.

For both adults and children, most exposure to radon comes from being indoors in homes, offices, schools, and other buildings. The levels of radon in homes and other buildings depend on the characteristics of the rock and soil in the area. As a result, radon levels vary greatly in different parts of the United States, sometimes even within neighborhoods. Elevated radon levels have been found in every state.

Radon gas given off by soil or rock can enter buildings through cracks in floors or walls; construction joints; or gaps in foundations around pipes, wires, or pumps. Radon levels are usually highest in the basement or crawl space. This level is closest to the soil or rock that is the source of the radon. Therefore, people who spend much of their time in basement rooms at home or at work have a greater risk for being exposed. Modern homes have been built better and are sealed better than old homes. Sealing, tight windows, insulation wraps, and less air flow also help to maintain higher radon levels.  Old and new homes should be tested.

New Jersey has high radon levels in many areas throughout the state.   Some of which are extremely high and others are moderately high.  In all counties high levels (over 4pc/l) have been found.  We have performed testing throughout NJ and have found high levels in all types of homes.  With basements, crawlspaces, and even slab build foundations.  In my local area of Morganville(Marlboro), radon levels are high, even though we are in Monmouth County.

One in six New Jersey homes has elevated levels of radon, but only about 30 percent of households across the state have been tested, state officials say. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.  Nationwide estimates indicate deaths from Radon Gas exceed 21000. About 2900 of these deaths occurred in people who have never smoked. We highly recommend testing all homes while doing a home inspection or if the home has not been tested for radon.

List of Towns and general Radon levels(Elevated levels have been found in all regions).

High

  • Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bridgewater, Chester, Colts Neck, Hackettstown, Hillsborough, Holmdel, Hopatcong, Kinnelon, Little Silver, Long Valley, Marlboro, Morganville, Mendham, Morris Plains, Morris Township, Morristown, Shrewsbury, Princeton Warren, Watchung, West Deptford

Moderate

  • Barnegat,  Berkeley  Heights Butler ,Caldwell, Chatham, Cherry Hill, Clark, East Brunswick, East Hanover, East Windsor, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fair Haven, Florham Park, Fort Lee, Franklin Lakes, Galloway, Gloucester Township, Haddon, Haddonfield,  Hasbrook Heights, Hillsdale, Livingston, Madison, Mahwah, Manahawkin, Manalapan, Manasquan, Maplewood, Matawan, Middletown, Millburn, Montclair, North Caldwell, New Brunswick, New Providence, Oakland, Parsippany, Ramey, Red Bank, River Edge, Rumson, Scotch Plains, South Brunswick, South Orange, Springfield, Summit, Wall, Wayne, West Caldwell, West Orange, West Windsor, Westfield, Woodbridge, Wyckoff

Radon mitigation system in Morganville, NJ

Radon levels can change with time of the year, weather, soil density,  construction, and other factors in the area.  Personally, in my own home in Morganville, NJ my levels were low when I first moved into my house.  I recently retested just a few years later, and the levels were high at 6.8pCi/L.  I had a mitigation system installed, and now the levels are below 2.0pCi/L.  Protect your family, and loved ones, make sure you have your home tested for radon, and mitigated if the levels are high.  Remember, levels above 4.0pCi/L have been found in all tiers, so be smart and safe

 

The Importance Of Inspecting Vintage Homes

Vintage Home Inspections | Jersey Strong Home Inspections

Vintage Home Inspections By Jersey Strong Home Inspections

Vintage Home Inspections | Jersey Strong Home Inspections | Vintage Home Circa 1915, Flemington, NJ                         Vintage Home Inspections | Jersey Strong Home Inspections | Vintage Home circa 1904, Haworth, NJ

Circa 1915, Flemington, NJ                                                        circa 1904, Haworth, NJ

 

Older homes have certain charms, such as thick molding, high ceilings, plank floors, hand craftsmanship and oftentimes curb appeal. Generally, if maintained, older homes were built to last. When purchasing an older home, you must keep in mind that despite all the wonderful charms, older houses may have some issues that are not always easily revealed. Many of these issues highlight the need for vintage home inspections.

When performing vintage home inspections, Jersey Strong Home Inspection takes a closer look at your prospective home with your interest in mind. Many older homes in Monmouth County and throughout NJ (those close to or over 100 years old) have been cosmetically re-finished and may have some hidden concerns.  These include but not limited to the foundation, exterior walls, interior walls, plumbing, electrical systems, heating, wood destroying insects, and so on.  Should you consider purchasing an older home, it is extremely important that you work with a knowledgeable home inspection service. Below are just a few examples of issues that we have come across on various old home inspections.

Many vintage homes have had some form of settlement and in some cases, have been corrected.  We look at the foundation and general support to detect any defects.  Some of these include improper bracing or temporary floor jacks.  This can cause cracks in the foundation, and flooring. Thus creating some addition unforeseen expense after you move in.

Vintage Home Inspections | Jersey Strong Home Inspections | Temporary floor jack, circa 1930, Sayreville, NJ

Temporary floor jack, circa 1930, Sayreville, NJ

 

Oftentimes, older furnaces were kept alive and not removed in older homes due to their size and weight.  As pictured below, this older hot water boiler systems had pipes wrapped in asbestos as a form of insulation.  Asbestos can be extremely dangerous to one’s health to remove, and should be handled only by a licensed company that works with asbestos.

Vintage Home Inspections | Jersey Strong Home Inspections | Asbestos on old furnace pipes, circa 1842, Freehold, NJ

Asbestos on old furnace pipes, circa 1842, Freehold, NJ

Another area that is a common concern on older homes is the electrical system.  These can consist of several issue that can affect the home’s safety.  Although many of these practices of wiring were used for 70+ years ago and functioned, they are no longer considered safe by today’s standards. Knob and tube for example were very common in old homes.  Most homeowners that had knob and tube, have taken them out completely and upgraded to a circuit breaker system, or still have them in place but not functioning.  One should proceed with extreme caution as once in awhile we still find live wiring with knob and tube.  These can be extremely dangerous if you come into contact with the wiring.  They can cause severe electrical shock and extreme injury.

Vintage Home Inspections | Jersey Strong Home Inspections | Knob and Tube Wiring, circa 1909, Matawan, NJ

Knob and Tube Wiring, circa 1909, Matawan, NJ

Buying an older home is not for the faint of heart.  The key is knowing what you might be getting into and planning for the unexpected repairs. These types of homes may take years to repair and upgrade.  The challenge can be rewarding or frustrating. The benefit of a good home inspection will provide you with the required knowledge to make your decision.

Vintage Home Inspections | Jersey Strong Home Inspections | Circa 1925, Farmingdale, NJ

Circa 1925, Farmingdale, NJ

 

 

 

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CRAWLSPACES

Central NJ Crawlspace Inspection

Recently, I inspected a property in Union Beach, and shortly afterwards another in Keansburg, NJ, both with crawlspaces. Crawl spaces can be difficult to get into in many cases, like this, but inspection of this area is of key importance. Our Central NJ Crawlspace Inspection is where we check for floor support, pier, vapor barrier, foundation wall, water, plumbing supply, sewer drainage lines, wood destroying insects and many other factors that go into a thorough home inspection.

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Since the crawlspace area is rarely monitored they can be a breeding ground for lots of issues. It is generally a dark, sometimes wet, unvented, overlooked space. These issues, can include but not limited to mold, fungus, water seepage through the block, standing water, leaking pipes, insects or animals, structural support integrity, poor or unsafe wiring, wood destroying insects, and energy waste. That is why Central NJ crawlspace inspection is extremely important.

Crawlspace Inspection Central NJ | Jersey Strong Home Inspections Central NJ Crawlspace Inspection | Jersey Strong Home Inspections

 

In the above photos we are inspecting for structural issues, damaged or splitting supports, corroded plumbing lines, moisture possibly from a leaking pipe, and other concerns.