January is Radon Awareness Month!

Map of radon levels throughout the state of Colorado.

January is Nationally recognized as Radon awareness month. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends having Axium Radon Mitigations understands the importance of having your home tested every two years to ensure that your family is not being exposed to unhealthy amounts of Radon gas. With the increased amount of time that people are now spending at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it is now more important than ever to test your home for Radon and ensure your family’s health and safety for years to come.  

What is Radon? 

Radon is a naturally-occurring colorless and odorless, radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Radon gas is produced as a result of the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. This gas finds its way into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation of the building. The only way to know if Radon is present in your home, office, or school is by testing for it. Axium Radon Mitigations is here to help! 

 

Why Should You Be Concerned About Radon? 

Breathing radon gas over time increases your risk of lung cancer. According to the EPA, Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. The EPA estimates that about 21,000 people in the United States die each year from radon-related lung cancer. This number is significantly higher than the deaths caused by drunk driving, falls in the home or home fires.  

 

What is considered to be a high level of radon? 

The ideal level of radon inside of a building is 0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L. ) Living in the state of Colorado puts you at a higher risk of exposure to increased levels of radon. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, about half of all homes in Colorado have higher than the United States’ EPA’s deemed action level of 4 pCi/L. With more people working from home as a result of COVID-19, it is imperative to have your home tested to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe. 

 

How Axium Inspections Can Help Protect Your Home 

The easiest way to protect yourself from Radon exposure is by calling Axium Inspections & Radon Mitigations and scheduling a professional radon test to ensure that your home contains safe levels of Radon. Our team is pleased to offer significant savings on radon tests and new radon mitigation installations throughout the month of January. 

For a $99 radon test: RADON99 

For $200 off radon mitigations: RADON200OFF 

You can book directly on ourwebsiteor by giving us a call at (720740-2338. To use these codes, the radon test or radon mitigation needs to be scheduled during the month of January (the actual service can occur anytime in 2021). These promo codes expire on 1/31/21. 

 

National Water Quality Month

August is National Water Quality Month

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The Clean Water Act was passed in 1972 but most people are unaware of the little ways they can pollute their water. Water Quality Month reminds us to take a long, hard look at what your household and community are doing to protect sources of fresh water.

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Fun Water Facts

  • Half of the United States population lives within 50 miles of a coast
  • Each year 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, storm water, and industrial waste are dumped into U.S. waters
  • Cruise ships produce over 200,000 gallons of sewage which is mostly released in the ocean.

How to Celebrate Water Quality Month

Use These 4 Easy Steps!
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1. Pick Up After Your Pets

Animal waste contains harmful organisms like e. coli, salmonella, and giardia. If you don’t pick up after your pet, the storm waters could wash these pollutants into our waterways and contaminate the water. Animals waste is also high in nitrogen which at excess can deplete the oxygen in water making it harmful for fish and other underwater plants.

2. Use the Car Wash

Washing your car at home can flush chemicals down the storm drains that flow into our lakes and streams. Professional car washes are required to drain into sewer systems so that wastewater plants can treat the water before it is re-used.

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3. Use a Trash Can, NOT the Drain

Avoid putting products like motor oil, prescription medications, antibacterial household cleaners, paints, bug/pest repellants, and detergents. We don’t want products like this down the drain and into our waterways because they have toxic chemicals in them.

4. Don't Use Fertilizer/Pesticides

Fertilizer and pesticides can run off the soil and contaminate the waterways that feed our drinking water supplies. Exposure to these chemicals can cause harm to humans and wildlife alike.
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Test Your Water Today!

Complete Colorado Home Inspections Services

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Certified Buyer Home Inspections

Our Colorado Inspection Services include many necessary inspection needs. Axium Inspections has ASHI and NACHI certified inspectors to ensure your home purchase is free of any costly future repairs and worries. We will inspect everything from the roof to the foundation, and everything in between.

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Certified Pre-Listing Inspections

Getting your home inspected before you sell, reveals problems ahead of time which: Make your home show better; Prevent delays in obtaining the Use and Occupancy permit; Remove over-inflated buyer procured estimates from any future negotiations; Deter defects from becoming negotiating stumbling blocks later.

New Home Build Phase Inspections

It’s important to get your new home inspected, despite your confidence in your builder. All homes have defects, even brand new constructions. Make sure you are aware of these mistakes before your house is finished and you’ve moved in.

One Year Builder's Warranty Inspection

One-Year Warranty inspections are performed thirty days prior to the expiration of the builder’s one-year new home warranty. We address any warranty related concerns you should bring to the builder’s attention. This saves you from any costly expenses you will be responsible for in the future.

Commercial Real Estate Inspections

Axium Inspections is known for providing in-depth, expert inspection services for commercial properties throughout the front range.  We have Certified Building Inspectors on staff who provide a professional analysis of any property with no biased opinions. Our commercial Colorado inspection services includes the building structure, operating systems, elements, and components servicing the property.

Certified Mold Inspections and Testing

Axium Inspections is nationally certified for mold inspections and mold testing. We send all of our mold test lab samples to a nationally accredited lab for analysis with a fast 48 hour turnaround on lab results. Our mold inspectors will perform a comprehensive visual mold inspection and create a report for you with an analysis of the results and information on moisture intrusion.

Infra-red Thermal Inspection

Our thermal-graphic camera enables a powerful noninvasive method to monitor and diagnose the condition of buildings. This technology quickly identifies any problem areas that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Results are captured and documented instantly and easily into professional reports – providing tangible proof of your findings.

Well-Water Inspection and Water Quality Testing

Colorado homes utilize wells in many areas; ensuring your water quality is high and your well-pump is working at optimal capacity is important for your health and you pocket. Make sure your water is not contaminated and that your pump is functioning properly.

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Wood-Destroying Organism Inspections

Termites, ants, beetles, bees, and fungi are wood-destroying organisms, which can do massive damage to a home and greatly lessen its value. A wood destroying organism (WDO) inspection is a written report on a home or property with visible and accessible evidence of an infestation or damage by wood destroying organisms.

Asbestos Testing and Inspections

Axium’s Colorado Asbestos inspection will be completely unbiased. We have no connection to any asbestos mitigation company. We can guarantee accurate, truthful results. We care only about your safety, not about the profit of an asbestos removal company.

Lead Testing

Lead-based paint was used in old homes and is detrimental to you and your family's health. Our State-Listed inspectors are certified, bonded, and insure to assist with your lead testing.

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Moisture and Water Intrusion Inspections

Our inspectors perform a visual inspection for signs of water damage with hand held moisture meters. These meters determine if building materials are wet. We also utilize a thermal imaging or infrared camera.

Sewer Scope

Sewer Scope

By taking the time to have a sewer line inspection, you avoid the chance of getting a nasty surprise after your home purchase. We can offer you the advance knowledge of the home's sewer line condition. Whether you are a home buyer or home owner, you should have your sewer line checked to make sure there are no breaks or blockages.

Septic Tank Inspections

It is recommended that a septic system be inspected when buying a new home and every 2-3 years.  A septic inspection provides an up-to-date snapshot of how a system is operating and what maintenance schedules to follow.

Septic Pump-Outs & Cleaning

Depending on the size, usage and condition of the system, it is recommended that septic tanks be pumped out every 1 - 5 years to avoid sludge levels building up to hazardous levels and/or creating a back up or overflow. A septic tank cleaning is recommended every 1 - 5 years to prevent clogging or damage to the system. 

7 Tips and Tricks for Eco-Friendly Living

Recycle and Compost

Though it should go without saying, recycling is an important part of being environmentally friendly. Cities all across Colorado have free drop off locations for recyclables and compost. For places in Denver County, you can go to this link for places to take your items. Also, contact your garbage pick-up company to see rates and options for free and discounted recycling to be picked up with your trash. You can compost post almost everything, utilize it as fertilize if you have a garden, or find a local community garden that takes it for its soil.

Grow A Garden

Buzzfeed provides a list of 17 awesome ways to garden in the city. These clever tricks help you utilize your balcony, ceiling, and other space with minimal effort while looking wonderful and helping the planet. If you have a large yard, or any backyard, read Sunset’s article on how to grow your own food, here. By growing your own food, you guarantee they are organic and pesticide free, while saving on what Michael Pollen calls “food miles” which harm the environment (C.f. Michael Pollen’s, Omnivore’s Dilemma).

Gardening is also said to provide stress relief. Take the time to vitalize your mind and the environment with a little gardening.

 

Join the Vintage Trend

Buying second-hand clothing for thrift stores and online second-hand retailers helps you lower the production of clothing produced in sweat-shops and factories that are far from environmentally conscious. You also manage to lower clothing waste from all the items thrown in the trash. Donating your second-hand clothing to homeless shelters also helps those in need. Don’t throw you clothes out, and don’t forget to look for second-hand thrift store sales. It may take some digging, but there are almost always some gems in thrift stores and other consignment stores. Apps and websites for second-hand buys have great options for decent prices. Check out NiftyThrifty and Thredup to get yourself started.

Eco-Friendly Home Decor

TrendHunter Eco has a list of 100 eco-friendly decor ideas. They’re stylish, eco-friendly, and generally inexpensive. When you go to decorate your home, keep these ideas in mind:

  • Reuse old, non-working items that can become planters, rustic looking decorations, and much more.
  • Repaint worn down or old, ugly plastic containers, bins, and drawers to make them look new and different again.
  • Utilize items you find in nature, e.g. stumps, broken tree branches, etc.
  • Repurposing can save waste! Repurpose anything from bike chains to wine corks.
  • Get creative! And always make sure to purchase things from environmentally conscious companies.

When Redecorating or Remodeling, Consider Green Alternatives

Style at Home has a great blog on eco-friendly options for everything from flooring and paint, to furniture and window coverings. When considering who to use for a contractor, try to find an eco-friendly one. Angie’s List writes on whether your contractor is “Eco-friendly, or eco-fake”. Make sure to read this resource and find those companies that are truly conscious of the environment.  Look for green certifications and seals on company credential websites and ask their staff what eco-friendly means to them to get a thorough understanding of what measures they’re taking to save our earth.

Conserve Water

It is often easy to forget about conserving water. However, it is imperative we do everything we can to keep our water usage low.
Take these steps to keep water usage low and the earth happy:

  • Run the dishwasher only once it is completely full.
  • Use high-efficiency washer and dryers and run laundry only when you have a full load.
  • Shut off water when rinsing or washing dishes.
  • Turn off the water in when brushing your teeth.
  • Take shorter showers.

Energy Efficient Lightbulbs - A No Brainer!

Saving money and energy helps you keep the environment and your bank account happy. Need some options on lighting and lightbulbs that satisfy both requirments? Consumer Reports has an informative resource on what lights to run and where they are best utilized. Some brands that Axium employees recommend: EcoSmart and Ultitech for good value and great lighting.

Call 303-532-1434 to schedule your environmental inspection today!

Love Your Home!

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Home Maintenance Checklist

We all love our friends and family, and I think most of us are good at showing it. However, we often neglect one of our biggest purchases, and something we spend all of our time in.
OUR HOME! Stop neglecting your home by taking care of these home maintenance items throughout the year.

Home maintenance throughout the entire year is important! Don’t forget these short lists, and get on loving your home by maintaining its health.

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Have you done these items in the last month?

  • Clean and replace air conditioning filters.
  • Check smoke detectors.
  • Check Carbon Dioxide detectors.
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Have you done this in the last quarter?

  • Check gutters and drainage to ensure nothing is building up, potentially causing water damage to your home.
  • Ensure all GFCIs are working properly by tripping and then resetting them.
  • Clean all your vents going to the exterior of your home.
  • Clean and examine windows for pools of water or leakage.
  • Remember that fire extinguisher under the kitchen sink? Check to make sure it’s properly pressurized so it’s ready when you [hopefully don’t] need it.
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Have you checked this season?

  • You ought to inspect and/or have your heating and A/C units. If you have the knowledge, feel free to do it yourself. If not, contact your local HVAC or InterNACHI certified inspector.
  • Inspect all caulking around your home for leaks and other issues. This saves money in energy and possible issues with leaks, etc.
  • Check your sump pump. If you do not have one, consider getting one installed. Axium can assist or other qualified contractors.
  • Sprinklers! Are they operating? Set your timers for efficiency and check they are properly working.
  • Clean your refrigerator coils! A fridge can use over 10% of your home’s total energy, and dusty coils can reduce efficiency substantially. A good vacuuming can save your $100 a year!
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Have you checked this year?

  • Clean and sharpen your garage disposal. You can do this by buying a product or just utilizing some ice cubes while running it.
  • Drain, refill, and inspect your hot water heaters.
  • Replace all smoke and CO2 alarm batteries.
  • Get your plumbing inspected or inspect it yourself for leaks and blockages.
  • Get those lawn mowers running! Prepare yourself for the summer time.
  • Test for radon! Every two years you ought to test for radon, have you done so in the past two year? If not, call us!

7 Common Defects We Find In A New Home

We continuously get new home owners ask about why they would need a home inspection for a brand new home. While buying a new home guarantees you will have less problems, it NEVER means you have will have none. Building is not a perfect science. While builders know what they are doing and are generally great at it, it is easy to make big mistakes which have huge monetary and safety impacts. This is also true during times of a 1-year Warranty Inspection.

Read Below To View Our List of Common Defects

All of which are found in new homes and during a 1-year Warranty Inspection.

Without getting your home inspected, you set yourself up for numerous hassles. You will have to call the builder and arrange for them to come out and look at defects. They come out. They need to arrange a subcontractor, arrange with you to be home, let them in, maybe take off work. You don’t want to be calling the builder every day, having them come in multiple times to fix all of the small repairs needed in your house. You don’t want to have to deal with this every week of the first year in your new home. We’ve had clients who’ve had to do this once a week. If you find 30 defects during the first year, that’s a lot of calling and time off.

Instead, get your home inspected throughout the building process and before the one-year warranty is up!

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Structural Issues

Structural issues are costly and dangerous. We have inspected many homes with structural issues you would never expect to look for. Many times, the builder is installed an AC or furnace system and they can cut attic trusses are structural beams. When workers need to run a heating duct or pipe, they could accidentally cut through a floor joist or an I-beam, or even move a support that is in the way of their piping.

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Roofing, Flashing, and Wall Issues

We find issues with roofing and flashing often when inspecting new builds and homes that are one-year old. These issues are not apparent until damage is too extensive to be a quick and easy fix. Leaking into your attic and home from issues with roofing can cause not only costly repairs, but health issues including mold.

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Engineered Wood Floors

Engineered wood floor improperly installed in a basement can cause MAJOR cost to you if you do not catch it before issues arise. The concrete floors can be improperly sealed and not with the right number of coats underneath. This has a high potential for moisture to intrude and create cupping and curling in the wood. More seriously, it can become a breeding ground for mold. This will be found during a new build inspection and a 1-year Warranty Inspection. Another issue we run into with hardwood flooring is the finish being improperly done. This means the builder had to come back out to resand, refinish, and revarnish the entire floor of the home. All furniture will have to be moved out, and you and your family will have to find some “great” in-laws to stay with.

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Safety Issues

Structural and cosmetic issues are one thing, but mistakes made during the building process could put your family’s safety at serious risk. On multiple occasions, our inspectors have found flue pipes disconnected in the walls. This emits carbon dioxide and other gases into your home’s attic, closets, basement, mechanical rooms, and more.

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Electrical Hazards

When inspecting new homes, we have found wires left cut or unsecured; these can spark and cause a fire.  Main electrical disconnect pipes have been inspected and confirmed they have settled. A coupler disconnected from under the service panel & putting stress on the main electrical panel can create arcing and huge issues. These items all happened after the electrical inspections and could have been a major fire hazard.

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Elevated Levels of Radon

Many homeowners assume that only old homes have elevated levels of radon. This is far from the truth. The soil new homes are being built on often contributes to high levels in these communities. Plus, Colorado is a Zone Red State, meaning ALL counties and homes have the potential for elevated levels – whether the home is not even finished being built or 100 years old.
Your family’s safety is important to protect. If you don’t know you have high levels, you can’t protect them.
If you get a radon test and the results come back elevated, you can often get it subsidized by your Builder if it is before your one-year warranty is up. Don’t delay. Protect your family, and get your home tested for radon today during your 1-year Warranty Inspection.

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Small, Costly Long Term Issues

There are numerous issues we find that don’t automatically equate to immediate problems or necessary repairs. Issues like small flashing areas being forgotten on roofs or exterior walls can build up and years later you will find rotting siding, ceilings, and structural wood, along with mold. This among many other issues present commonly without the homeowner’s awareness until it is too late. To prevent this, you have to get a new home inspected and opt for a 1-year Warranty Inspection.

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9 Ways to Prepare Your Home For Winter

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Winterize Your Air Conditioning and Any Water Lines

Take some time to drain and empty all hoses and air conditioning piping, so there is no excess water that can freeze and cause costly damage.

Axium has some great referrals for those of us who are less inclined to do it themselves. Blue Valley Energy can assist you with any and all HVAC winterization and servicing – call us at 720-545-2957 to be connected!

Keep the Drafts Out!

There are numerous ways to ensure those cold, winter drafts are staying out of your home, including draft snakes for door seals and windows.

For a more thorough list, look at House Logic’s list of great ideas.

Get Your HVAC Units Serviced

Heating and cooling systems need consistent maintenance, including heating system tune-ups, cleaning, and general checks. Replace your filters, and get your water heater emptied. Make sure that your costs this winter stay as low as possible, and get a qualified heating and air conditioning company to find out what your systems need. Call us at 720-545-2957 to be connected to our preferred vendor.

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Insulate Your Windows

Insulate your windows and doors with simple window insulation kits that you can pick up at your local hardware and home supply store. They help keep your toes warm and your bills low.

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Caulking and Weatherstripping

Even if you’re not the most handy home owner, you can prevent numerous leaks in sealant around windows, chimneys, pipes, and wiring that lead to the outside of your home. These simple fixes can provide up to a 30% energy decrease. Find more instructions and information by going to GE’s Five Easy Steps.

Energy Efficient Insulation

The government provides tax breaks to those who have installed energy efficient insulation. Moreover, you can reduce your heating and cooling costs by 20%! For more facts, visit EnergyStar or North American Insulation Manufacturers Association for more information.

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Clean Out Those Gutters!

The best part of this one is that it is free! By doing a simple cleaning, ensuring your gutters are not clogged with leaves and other debris, you save yourself from icicles and other issues.

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Get Your Ceiling Fans Going Clockwise

As you may well know, heat rises. To save energy and keep your home nice and toasty, it helps to make your ceiling fans spin in a clockwise direction, pushing the heat down.

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Winterize Your Sprinkler System

Making the mistake of not blowing out your sprinkler system can cause serious damage to your home. Call a qualified sprinkler or irrigation company and have them take care of it. We suggest going to Team Dave Logan or the Better Business Bureau to find a reputable company