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Thermographic Inspections

Thermographic inspections, also referred to as thermal imaging, are included with Home, Commercial, and Mold inspections.

We also offer stand-alone thermographic inspections.

Thermography is a technology that allows the our certified inspectors to show you things about a building that no one can show you using other inspection methods.

Thermography, also called thermal imaging, is a neat tool that takes special pictures showing how hot or cold things are. It works by turning heat into colorful images that help us see where there might be issues, like water leaks or electrical problems, in houses. Inspectors use it to identify problems that otherwise invisible to the naked eye.

Thermography aids in diagnosing issues rather than merely recognizing symptoms. It has the potential, though not always guaranteed, to detect and document various concerns:

  • Electrical faults prior to potential fire hazards.
  • Overloaded and undersized circuits.
  • Circuit breakers requiring immediate replacement.
  • Missing, damaged, or wet insulation.
  • Heat loss and air infiltration in various structures like walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors.
  • Water and moisture intrusion, which may lead to mold growth.
  • Potential pest infestations.
  • Concealed roof leaks before significant damage occurs.
  • Leakage in air-conditioner compressors.
  • Inadequate fastening or missing framing elements.
  • Structural flaws.
  • Broken seals in double-pane windows.
  • Energy inefficiencies and losses.
  • Hazardous flue leaks.
  • Faulty or damaged radiant heating systems.
  • Undetected plumbing leaks.
  • Overheating of equipment.

These vivid color images are integrated into each inspection report, offering substantive evidence alongside the written assessment. As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

If you are interested in scheduling a thermographic inspection or have questions reach out to us via email, call, or text.  You can also visit our Contact page.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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WHAT IS A RADON TEST, AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

Radon testing is the only way to determine if your home is safe from the dangerous effects of radon.

We offer 48-hour testing using modern state-of-the-art technology. Our radon testing devices sample air and precisely calculate the radon level using silicon photodiodes. The instrument is calibrated to reference instruments in accredited laboratories and is NRPP and NRSB certified. After the test, we will send you an easy to read report detailing the results and any recommendations.

Test your home and keep your family safe.

Schedule an inspection today, and make sure your home is free of this potentially-deadly, radioactive gas.

Visit our Schedule page for pricing.

If you have questions about water quality analysis, or would like to schedule , give us a call and we can answer your questions.

For more information on radon and radon’s associated health risks, please visit these helpful resources:
What is radon? Video on YouTube with Dr. Joe Hanson
Health Risk of Radon page on EPA.gov.

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WHAT IS RADON?

Radon is a natural, radioactive gas found in homes all over the United States. It is colorless and odorless.  It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water, and gets into the air you breathe.

Any home can have a radon problem, including both new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest radiation exposure at home. That is where you spend most of your time.

Radon is extremely carcinogenic. According to the EPA, radon is one of the leading contributors to the development of lung cancer, behind only smoking. For this reason, regular radon testing is key whether you’re a homeowner, or you’re interested in purchasing a home.

Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level

Radon levels can differ door to door even if levels are low in your closest neighbor

If you are interested in scheduling a radon inspection or have questions reach out to us via email, call, or text.  You can also visit our Contact page.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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HOW DOES RADON ENTER MY HOME?

Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above, and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Radon can also enter your home through well water. Your home can trap radon inside.  This is dangerous for the health of you and your family.

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The EPA  states that “Molds are part of the natural environment, and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold is not usually a problem, unless it begins growing indoors. The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture”

While many “apparent molds” will be obvious upon a visual inspection, not all are. Mold can hide behind and inside cabinetry, walls, carpet, ductwork, and insulation just to name a few.

The only way to know if a potential microbial growth is a harmful mold is to have a sample collected and identified.

There are 3 harmful categories of molds that are cause for concern:

1) Allergenic which produces allergies and allergic reactions such as asthma.

2) Pathogenic which causes health issues in those suffering acute illness.

3) Toxigenic produces toxic substances that lead to dangerous and deadly health issues.

Pintler Property Services offers direct sampling and air sampling to confirm or refute the presence of any “apparent molds”.

Direct Sampling: Swabs or bio-tapes are used to collect physical samples.  Direct sampling is most often performed in moisture-rich areas such as bathrooms, attics, and crawlspaces when “apparent mold” is observed. Samples are sent to certified laboratories and results are received within 2 – 3 days.

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Air Sampling:

Pintler Property Services has the ability to test for the presence of mold spores in the dwelling.  An air pump is used to pull air through a spore trap that captures debris from the air on a sticky slide within the trap. This sampling method is most often performed when there is a concern for mold with no “apparent mold” visible and after mold remediation of a property has been completed.

A minimum of two air samples will be collected.  One indoor sample and one outdoor sample.  One indoor air sample is required per 1000 square feet.  So if your home is 1300 square feet, two indoor air samples should be collected.  The outdoor samples become the baseline for comparison to the indoor sample(s).

Spore traps are sent to certified laboratories where they analyzed. Results are typically returned within 2 – 3 days.

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All of our sampling methods follow EPA and laboratory-specific guidelines in order to ensure the most accurate results possible.

Discrete (direct swap or tape) sampling can be added on to any home inspection if “apparent mold” is found during the inspection.
We offer stand-alone Mold Inspections and home inspections that incorporate mold inspections as an add-on.

If you are interested in scheduling a mold, or home inspection, or have questions reach out to us via email, call, or text.  You can also visit our Contact page.  We look forward to hearing from you!

We work with EPA-certified laboratories to examine and assess water quality in your home. We offer three water quality testing packages.  The tests analyze water samples for impurities such as heavy metals, bacteria, and other contaminants.

What contaminants may be found in drinking water?
In nature, all water naturally carries some impurities. As water flows through streams, rests in lakes, and filters through soil and rocks in the ground, it dissolves or absorbs substances it comes into contact with. Some of these substances are harmless, and that’s why some people enjoy mineral water for its appealing taste. However, minerals, just like man-made chemicals, can become contaminants when present in high amounts, making water unpalatable or unsafe. Contaminants can originate from eroded rock formations, factories’ discharges, farmland applications, or household and yard usage. These sources might be nearby or miles away. Your local water quality report provides vital information about the contaminants in your drinking water, their levels, and where they likely came from.

We offer three package options for testing.

Package #1 – Bacteria Analysis
This package tests for total Coliforms and E. Coli present.
$165 with home inspection – $229 as stand-alone service

Package #2 – Standard Home Loan Analysis
This package tests for total Coliforms and E. Coli present, nitrate, nitrite, and lead.
$209 with home inspection – $269 as stand-alone service

Package #3 – Domestic Water Analysis
This package tests for total Coliforms and E. Coli present, nitrate, nitrite, pH, conductivity, total dissolved solids, hardness, chloride, sulfate, fluoride, iron, potassium, sodium, and Sodium Adsorption Ratio (SAR).
$309 with home inspection – $369 as stand-alone service

*Additional metals can be tested for with each testing package.  Each additional metal tested for is $20.

*Water samples must be collected Monday – Thursday.

*Results are emailed to us and will be forwarded to you once received.  This can take up to 10 business days.

If you have questions about water quality analysis, or would like to schedule testing please reach out to us via email, call, or text give and we can answer your questions. You can also visit our Contact page.  We look forward to hearing from you!

For more information on water quality testing, please visit these helpful resources:
Article from the EPA on Home Water Testing
Article from the CDC on contaminants in well water

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If you have a property that was built prior to 1978 there is a good chance that it may contain lead-based materials. In 1978, the United States banned the use of lead-based paint for residential purposes. This ban was due to growing awareness of the health risks associated with lead exposure, particularly for children who could ingest lead paint chips or inhale lead dust. It’s important to be cautious when renovating older homes, as layers of lead-based paint may still be present underneath newer layers.

Lead in homes can be a significant health hazard, particularly when it leaches into drinking water from old pipes, fixtures, or contaminated well water. Many older homes built before the 1980s often have plumbing systems that include lead pipes or lead solder, which can corrode over time and release lead particles into the water supply. Fixtures such as faucets and fittings may also contain lead. Even wells, especially those near industrial sites or in areas with lead-containing soils, can become contaminated. Consuming lead-contaminated water poses serious health risks, including neurological damage and developmental issues, particularly in children and pregnant women. Regular testing of water, replacing old plumbing, and using certified filters can mitigate these risks.

To learn more about Lead and how it can affect your health and the health of your family the EPA has a great site.  Click the link to read more:  EPA & Lead

We sample paint, water, dust, and soil as necessary to test for lead.

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All of our sampling methods follow EPA and laboratory-specific guidelines in order to ensure the most accurate results possible.

We offer stand-alone Lead Sampling Services and home inspections that incorporate lead inspections as an add-on.

If you are interested in scheduling a lead, or home inspection, or have questions reach out to us via email, call, or text.  You can also visit our Contact page.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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Asbestos has historically been used in various applications for its durability and fire resistance. It can be found in a large number of building materials used both indoors and outdoors, including; carpets, glues, insulation, tiles, ventilation tubes and wall paneling. During renovation and/or demolition asbestos can be released to the air which presents a human and environmental exposure risk.

The EPA states three of the major health effects associated with asbestos exposure are:
  • lung cancer
  • mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest and the abdomen and heart
  • asbestosis, a serious progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs

Asbestos can be a problem in your home if you are doing a remodel or if there is asbestos in a material that is deteriorating.  To read more Click here to read more about asbestos from the EPA site.

In most cases, we deal with residential properties that were built prior to the ”50s – 70s that have those popcorn ceilings, certain vinyl tiles, or pipe insulation.

You can read more here:  Asbestos in Popcorn Ceilings

You can read more here:  Asbestos in Floor Tiles

You can read more here:  Asbestos – Where it can be found

Testing for asbestos is done by taking a bulk sample(s) and sending it to the lab for analysis if you suspect asbestos to be an issue.  Inspect Montana will take a bulk sample for testing purposes.  We can have results in 7 – 10 days.

All environmental testing by EPA guidelines for the most accurate results possible. Have more questions? Give us a call or email.

Click to read a Homeowner’s Guide To Asbestos

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All of our sampling methods follow EPA and laboratory-specific guidelines in order to ensure the most accurate results possible.

We offer stand-alone Asbestos Sampling Services and home inspections that incorporate lead inspections as an add-on.

If you are interested in scheduling a lead, or home inspection, or have questions reach out to us via email, call, or text.  You can also visit our Contact page.  We look forward to hearing from you!