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Halloween Weirdness – Five Spooky Inspections

No, we haven’t yet cornered a ghost or a vampire, but we do witness all kinds of crazy bats in the belfry when we’re inspecting.  Check out just a few real-world photos from actual inspections over the last couple of years.  Who said inspecting isn’t a contact sport?

This Really Is A Bat In Your Belfry
Excuse me? I’m sleeping, please turn off the light.

We like Bela Lugosi.  We love Underworld.  Heck, we like all bat-related movies.

But no one wants a bat in the attic.

Bats are health concerns, primarily because of their excrement.

Hire a specialist to clear the nesting and make any required repairs.

This Snake is Not an Indoor Pet
Oh my, where’s the real, much bigger thing?

Even Indiana Jones was afraid of snakes.

So it’s quite a surprise when we open an electrical panel and find the remnants of a snake.

What’s worse is wondering where that naked reptile is now lurking.

We really, really love snakes in crawl spaces.

(Not.)

Who’s That Dangerous Masked Marauder?
Just who do you think you are invading my personal space?

Four-legged animals with fangs take fear to a whole different level.

No, that’s not a ghost. This “friendly” raccoon was hanging out in the fireplace flue above the damper.

Problem – their were little kids in this house.

Our inspector saved the day by closing and locking the glass doors shut until Mr. Raccoon went away.

Frightfully, Unbelievably High Radon Result
Our highest ever (insanely dangerous) radon test result.

You probably know that radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the USA (after smoking, of course).

You may even know that the EPA action threshold is 4 pCi/L (picocuries).

Well, we measured a house in Pennsylvania that measured an insane 183.2 pCi/L, by far the highest level we’ve ever tested.

We tested for radon again, just to confirm the result. We’re amazed that our inspector didn’t develop cancer instantly.

The owners retained a contractor to fix the radon issue.

Oh, Bee, Where is Thy Sting?
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Ouch, that hurts.

Bees are outdoor insects.

Generally speaking, we do not like to find bees inside a house.

But it happens all the time.

Bees like drywall.  Bees like little comfy spaces.  Bees like attics.

Bees are a health and safety concern.  Hire a specialist to clear the nesting and make required repairs.