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Does a home inspector check for electromagnetic radiation fields?
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
A home inspector is not required to inspect for electromagnetic radiation fields, according to the Standards of Practice of both national home inspector associations, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Here is how it is stated in the ASHI standards, for example: "The inspector is not required to determine the presence of environmental hazards including, but not limited to, allergens, toxins, carcinogens, electromagnetic radiation, noise, radioactive substances, and contaminants in building materials, soil, water, and air."
Even if the exlusion of electromagnetic radiation fields is not stated directly in the home inspector’s contract agreement, one of the Standards of Practice mentioned above will be referenced as part of the contract agreement.
While the Standards of Practice set a minimum, the home inspector may choose to exceed them, and examine and report on electromagnetic radiation. The electromagnetic fields can be emanating from nearby high-voltage powerlines, other nearby facilities, or within the home. This type of inspection is a specialty and not many inspectors offer it.
The threshold at which some levels and frequencies of electromagnetic radiation become harmful are not currently standardized or universally agreed upon. Also, there are some EMF inspectors that prey on the anxieties of homebuyers with quasi-scientific analyses, sometimes offering unproven, and possibly unnecessary, mitigation solutions.
To learn more about electromagnetic radiation from high-voltage powerlines, go to our blog posts Should I buy a house near a high-voltage power line? and Do nearby high-voltage power lines a lower home’s value?
Click on any of the links below to read other articles about what is required to be included, or not, in a home inspection:
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To learn more strategies for getting the best possible home inspection, here’s a few of our other blog posts:
• How can I make sure I don't get screwed on my home inspection?
• How thorough is a home inspector required to be when inspecting a house?
• Should I trust the Seller's Property Disclosure Statement?
• Can I do my own home inspection?
• How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a house over a sinkhole?
• The seller gave me a report from a previous home inspection. Should I use it or get my own inspector?
• If we already looked at the house very carefully, do we still need a home inspection?
To read about issues related to homes of particular type or one built in a specific decade, visit one of these blog posts:
• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1940s house?
• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1950s house?
• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1960s house?
• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970s house?
• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1980s house?
• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1990s house?
• What problems should I look for when buying a country house or rural property?
• What problems should I look for when buying a house that has been moved?
• What do I need to know about buying a foreclosure?
• What should I look for when buying a former rental house?
• What problems should I look for when buying a house that has been vacant or abandoned?
• What are the most common problems with older mobile homes?
• What should I look for when buying a house that is being "flipped" by an investor seller?
• What do I need to know about a condo inspection?
• What are the "Aging In Place" features to look for when buying a retirement home?
Visit our HOME INSPECTION and "DOES A HOME INSPECTOR…?” pages for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.
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