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Detect, Prevent, and Eliminate:
A Homeowner's Guide to Uncovering Hidden Hazards

Homeownership has various responsibilities, including safeguarding the well-being of the occupants. This involves addressing potential hazards, such as asbestos, mold, lead, and water impurities. In this post, we’ll explore the significance of specialized inspections, laboratory analyses for these substances, and other environmental concerns that may surface during a home inspection.


As a naturally occurring mineral fiber, asbestos was once prevalent in construction materials due to its heat resistance, durability, and insulation properties. However, asbestos exposure has since been linked to severe health issues like lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. If your home was built before the 1980s, it may contain asbestos.

A specialized inspection is crucial for detecting asbestos in a home. Certified asbestos inspectors possess the appropriate training and equipment to identify and collect samples for laboratory testing. This method ensures precise results and prevents the release of harmful asbestos fibers during the inspection.


Mold is a common household issue and can trigger allergies, respiratory problems, and other health complications if not addressed. It thrives in damp, humid conditions and usually appears as black, green, or white substances on walls, ceilings, and floors. A mold inspection can pinpoint the presence and extent of mold growth in a home. Mold experts have the required tools and knowledge to gather samples for laboratory testing, which can identify the mold type and guide practical remediation efforts.


Lead, a toxic metal once widely used in paint, plumbing, and other construction materials, can cause severe health problems, particularly in children. These include developmental delays, learning difficulties, and organ damage.

Lead-based paint inspections and risk assessments can detect potential lead hazards in a home. A certified lead inspector gathers samples from surfaces and components, which are then analyzed in a laboratory to determine lead presence and concentration. If your home was built before 1978, and you suspect there might be lead in your home, it's best to get a certified professional to inspect and test it.

Water Purity

Water purity is vital for ensuring a home's occupants' health and welfare. Contaminants like bacteria, chemicals, and heavy metals can lead to health issues if consumed or inhaled. A water purity inspection tests a home's water supply for contaminants, ensuring compliance with health and safety standards.

Specialist inspectors can collect water samples for laboratory testing to detect the presence and levels of contaminants. Based on the findings, they can suggest treatment options or system upgrades to enhance water quality.

Other Environmental Issues


Besides the hazardous materials discussed, other environmental concerns may necessitate specialized inspections, such as:

  • Radon: a radioactive gas causing lung cancer
  • Pesticides: chemicals controlling pests that may pollute soil, air, and water
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs): chemicals from household products leading to respiratory and neurological problems

Specialized inspections and laboratory analyses are indispensable for identifying and addressing potential hazards in a home, ensuring the health and safety of its occupants.

Pritchett Home Inspection LLC: Your go-to inspection experts in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and the surrounding areas. Call (602) 757-1162 today to secure your appointment!

Richard Weaver
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We used Pritchett Home Inspection (PHI) to make sure our home was in great condition to sell. Kyle was so thorough and professional. We were provided a detailed inspection report that allowed us to address any concerns potential buyers might have. We did eventually sell our home and the inspection process was stress free because we knew exactly what would be brought up in a buyer inspection. There were no surprises. I definitely recommend PHI if you are selling or buying a home.
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This is my second home purchase, firs time I've used Kyle. He went above and beyond, provided a thorough report, was on time, and is a great communicator. I wish I knew about his services the first time around. I have already recommended him to friends and colleagues in the home buying process.