NEIGHBORHOOD ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTS
If you are considering the purchase of a new home, investment or rental property or commercial building, a prudent buyer will enlist the services of a Certified Home or Commercial Inspector to determine the true condition of the property, its structures and the working condition of all mechanical systems. Identifying unknown hazards such as buried fuel tanks, soil erosion, sinkholes, poor water drainage or the condition of underground septic systems are also important factors when determining the overall value and potential costs of any property. After a thorough examination of the home has been completed, most home buyers feel confident that they understand its true condition and where issues or repairs are warranted, negotiate their correction or remediation as part of the purchase. Additionally, inspecting for moisture issues, mold, the quality of the air, presence of wood destroying organisms and even any potential environmental issues is also a concern for many potential buyers.
Unfortunately, understanding the environmental condition of adjacent properties can also be an important factor in deciding the true value of the purchase. Besides understanding the complexity of a neighborhood, i.e., zoning, crime rates, deteriorated or condemned properties, high traffic areas, or poor schools, some neighborhoods pose potential risks arising from dumped or leaking toxic chemicals, landfill containing hazardous materials, leaking fuel tanks which can cause issues with ground and drinking water, and soil conditions affecting air quality can all constitute a potential risk and threat to health and potential property values.
At Gray Home Inspections we specialize in uncovering these types of potential threats that can pose serious issues within geographic areas such as neighborhoods. Our Neighborhood Environmental Reports identify both “known” and “potential” contaminants that maybe located near or adjacent to a home for sale.
Potential Environmental Contaminant sites include:
1. Manufactured Gas Plants
2. Drug Labs where illegal drug manufacturing has been detected.
3. Industrial Manufacturing including both light and heavy manufacturing plants.
4. Radioactive Material Sites are nuclear waste collection for industrial, energy and medical applications is stored.
5. EPA Cleanup sites that have been documented.
What is the difference between a known and potential environmental contaminant?
Known Environmental Contaminants are both documented sites that have been identified and sites where suspected contaminant poses a real risk.
Leading the list of known contaminants are the millions of leaking or abandoned underground fuel tanks previously used for home heating oil. As homeowners in the south converted to heat pumps, many of these fuel receptacles were left underground with the potential of corroding and leaking into soil and groundwater used in irrigation and possibly household drinking water from wells. Close proximity to Gas Stations is also a major concern for creating unsafe environmental issues.
Previous mining sites where arsenic and other hazardous materials were contained.
Untested imported sand and soil used to resupply ground soil for building new neighborhoods and sub-divisions.
Landfills and dumps contain a mixture of gases such as ammonia, sulfides, methane, and carbon dioxide can cause a variety of maladies of health due to the elevated levels of gases present to adjacent properties. Ground water contamination is also a risk.
Electrical Plants and high voltage powerlines can cause serious health problems, especially in children.
Wetlands adjacent to chemical and industrial plants
Agricultural plant sites
Potential flood and Environmental zones
Identified Superfund and Hazardous Waste Site.
Why Choose Gray Home Inspection Services?
If you have a concern about the potential risks of an adjacent property or neighborhood environmental issue that could potentially affect your new home purchase, having a Neighborhood Environmental Inspection completed by Gray Home Inspection will give you an added peace of mind about your purchase. Many of the conditions stated above are not restricted to low-income housing neighborhoods as any property, anywhere could be positioned on or near a potential hazardous issue. Being proactive and uncovering a potential threat is a prudent decision if one feels there are undisclosed or unknown hazards lurking within close proximity of your new home. Our Neighborhood Environmental Reports are designed to uncover many of the potential threats that can affect even the most prestigious neighborhoods in North Florida. These reports are an inexpensive way to avoid potential problems, that if previously known, would have extended your new home search elsewhere.