Chicago Home Inspection / Home InspectorHome Inspection PhotosHome and Condo InspectionMold Testing / Request FormThermal Imaging Home InspectorSample ReportClient TestimonialsRadon TestingAppliance Recalls


home inspections chicago, home inspections, home inspector



Radon Gas

 I subcontract my Radon testing to another company. This makes it easy for you to schedule a Home Inspection and Radon testing at the same time at a competive price equal to most companies.

Radon gas cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, but it exists in the air you breathe and gets into the water you drink. You are likely to gain the most exposure to Radon in your own home, where you spend most of your time. Without proper precautions, Radon can build up to toxic levels and put your family members in danger of developing lung cancer! 

  • We evaluate the home and recommend a testing approach designed to make sure you get reliable results;
    • We explain how proper conditions can be maintained during the radon test;

    • We emphasize to occupants of a home that a reliable test result depends on their cooperation because any interference or disturbance with the test of the closed-house conditions, especially, during short-term testing, will invalidate the test results;

    • We analyze and report measurement results to the client;

    • We provide independent test reports by someone who is not involved in the home sale.

Radon gas destroys lives!
As the second leading cause of lung cancer, radon kills thousands every year. A substance to which no one is immune! Radon exists worldwide. Without the proper precautions, this radioactive gas can destroy your family.

There is an easy and affordable way to test for dangerous levels of radon gas.

My Qualifications

We are a small home inspection company like most, but loaded with experience. Serving Chicago and suburbs. Experience that counts when getting a home inspection.

When I took my pre license education classes for the State of Illinois license , I had the 2nd highest score in the class, higher than 3 practicing home inspectors. I passed the State of Illinois exam on the first try.  The inspection will be accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, thorough inspection with photos of the issues found during the inspection.   You will feel assured and comfortable of a quality, professional inspection by an honest inspector with integrity. Questions are always welcomed, telephone support is a free service.

Self-employed in an air conditioning/ refrigeration business. Employed for thirty years in a management position assisting in design and implimentation of million dollar commercial renovation. Home inspector who has been licensed through the state of Illinois since licensing has been required (2003).  A home inspection is not an extra cost, but a great investment. Call today for peace of mind JL Home Inspection LLC 847-501-0721 Ask for Jim

Let JL Home Inspection give you peace of mind while making possibly the largest purchase of your life. The home inspection is a small investment to protect your large investment.

The average annual repair costs are 1-2% of the home value each year. Most people negotiate the deficiencies found during their home inspections. Home inspections are required in some states and more people than ever are having home inspections performed. We perform home inspections in Chicago and all suburbs

Do you want a large company to perform your home inspection with a paid employee or do you want a  home inspector to be the owner of the home inspection company who has pride and dedication to the profession?

Email for info or to set an appointment for a home inspection.
Phone call may produce a quicker response. Thank You.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is odorless and tasteless. It is caused by the incomplete combustion of any fuel, including gasoline, oil, propane, natural gas, wood or coal.
What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
Symptoms are often confused with those of of the flu, and most cases of CO poisoning occur at the onset of the heating season - or during the flue season. A victim may not experience ANY of the following symptoms, or only one or a few of these symptoms:
* Headache                   * Irritability        * Dizziness    * Weakness
* Visual disturbance       * Nausea      * Vomiting         * Fainting upon exertion
* Loss of muscle control   * Sleepiness                       * Fluttering of the heart
* Confusion            * Cherry red skin (in severe cases) * Tightening of the chest

How can carbon monoxide be produced in a home?
High levels of carbon monoxide can be produced by:
* A malfunctioning heating system that operates on propane, natural
gas, oil, coal or wood.
* A blocked chimney or heating / water heating vent pipe.
* Heating equipment that is not adequately ventilated. This can be a problem if you enclose your heating system to add living space.
* A tightly sealed, over insulated home that lacks proper ventilation.
* An exhaust fan in an attic of loft that continues to run when doors and windows are closed. Potentially dangerous combustion gases can be drawn into the home instead of escaping through the chimney.
* A barbecue grill used indoors.
* A natural gas or propane range that is used to heat the home.
* Running a car in an attached garage.
* Repairing an engine (for a lawn mower, snow blower, vehicle, etc.indoors without proper ventilation.
Keep in mind, though, that the level of carbon monoxide in the home is directly related to the level of CO outside the home. This means that if you live on a street with a lot of traffic, you are likely to have a higher level of CO in your home than someone living in a low-traffic area.

What warning signs in the home can alert you to the presence of high levels of
carbon monoxide?
* Stuffy, stale or smelly air.
* Very high humidity.
* Fallen soot from a fireplace or heating system.
* No draft in your chimney or a hot draft backing out of the heating
system and into the basement or house.
* Flue like symptoms that disappear when you spend time outside your

What measures can I take to lessen the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning?
* Install carbon monoxide detectors.
* Check your heating system and chimney every autumn for blockage.
* Have your heating system "tuned-up" (preferably before the heating season begins) to ensure it's in good working order.
* Periodically check your heating system for hot drafts backing out of the burner.
* Have your appliances checked periodically to make sure they're working properly.
* If you have insulated your home, had major renovations done, or enclosed your heating system to increase living space, make sure there is adequate ventilation.
* Use appliances properly - don't use barbecue grills indoors, don't use your stove / oven for heat, and don't run a vehicle in a closed garage.
* Don't repair lawn mowers, snow blowers or vehicles indoors without proper ventilation.
* Have your vehicle's muffler and tailpipes inspected regularly for CO leaks.

What should you do if you suspect the presence of high levels of CO in your
* Open the windows and doors.
* Call your heating fuel supplier or a licensed heating contractor for
an emergency inspection.
* If carbon monoxide is detected, seek medical attention immediately.

What's the cure for CO poisoning?
* Exposure to fresh air - or pure oxygen - is the cure.