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We hear a lot about environmental concerns these days. There are a number of potential home environmental issues that buyers should be aware of.

Water quality is probably the most common concern and the one most often tested for. Typically, a basic water quality test will check pH, water hardness, the presence of fluoride, sodium, iron and manganese, plus bacteria such as E-coli. Additionally, water may be tested for the presence of lead or arsenic. In Summit County, if you are buying a home with a well, it must be tested by a certified inspector.

In homes built before 1979, lead based paint may be present. Generally, if the lead based paint is in good condition, not cracking or peeling, it is not a hazard. If the condition is hazardous, the paint will either need to be removed or sealed in such a manner as to eliminate the hazard.

Another concern with the home is radon. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium in the soil. All homes have some radon present, tests can determine if the level present is higher than what is considered safe. If the level is too high, a radon mitigation system will need to be installed.

In older homes built more than 30 years ago, asbestos was used in many types of insulation and other building materials. If the asbestos is releasing fibers into the air, it needs to be sealed and if asbestos material is in good repair,  it poses no hazard and can be left alone.