Where do you test for radon? Why test for radon in the lowest, finished, living area?

The concern is long term exposure, so the test should be conducted in an area where people will spend a significant amount of time (which is usually a finished living area).

The lowest level is used as radon comes up from the ground and as it travels up through the house, there are more opportunities for it escape the house, so you are typically going to have the highest concentration on the lowest level.

Arranging access with the seller

If you are buying a house (or are a buyer’s agent) ordering services with us:

  • Please let us know if you have (or are) a buyer’s agent. Please let us know if you would like us to copy your agent on everything.
  • If it’s listed in Canopy MLS (Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Madison, etc) – we can use the showing service or get the list agent’s info for any questions, paperwork, access, etc that we need.
  • If it’s listed in with an agent in another MLS (Jackson, Swain, Macon, Mitchell, etc) or not in an MLS – please provide us with the list agent’s contact info for any questions, paperwork, access, etc that we need.
  • If it’s a For Sale By Owner, please let us know upfront and provide us with seller’s name, email, and phone numbers. We will contact them directly with any questions, paperwork, access info/permission, that we need.

In our experience, it has always been better for us to communicate with the listing side directly:

  • Scheduling & Access – we will of course keep our client (and their agent) updated about when it is scheduled for; but we have found it best for us to schedule in Showing Times or with the list agent/fsbo owner – that way the buyer/agent doesn’t have to go back and forth between us and the list agent with times and access info, nothing gets lost or missed in a game of “telephone”, and if something has to be rescheduled we can do so quickly and conveniently.
  • Questions – If we have questions about the property, systems, permits, etc, it is easier for us to communicate with the listing side directly since we know all the right questions to ask. (Of course, any questions or discussions about the services will be had with our client.)

Septic Pumping: 1,000 Gallons

Our pump service is for up to 1,000 gallons.

Most tanks in this area are 1,000 gallon tanks. This means the tank holds about 1,000 gallons of wastewater and still have 9 inches of air space between the top of the waste and the top of the tank.

A tank that is overly full or backing up into the house may have more than 1,000 gallons in it. One pump may not completely empty it but it will get most of it and (for a system working and being used properly), pumping again in 2 or 3 years should be fine.

1,500 gallon tanks are not uncommon in this area – again an 1,000 gallon pump will get most of it, but if you want it completely empty, you would need to order a second pump.