Maybe you’re getting ready to buy or sell a property and would like to find out if the area is safe for you and your family. In that case, you’ll need to order an EMF home inspection. But what does an EMF home inspection involve and what should it include?
1). Tailored to your needs: an EMF inspection will need to be tailored to your needs. No matter whether or not you need or want the inspection to buy or sell a home, the inspection should find and ascertain any issues with possible EMF radiation exposure.
The survey should include obvious sources of EMF exposure, such as overhead power lines, substations, etc. Inside the home, electrical wiring should be checked for “dirty electricity,” along with appliances, etc.
2). What’s generally included in a home EMF survey?
- An inspection for EMFs generally includes:
- EMFs from wiring/grounding inside the home
- EMF hotspots from electrical panels, electrical motors, HVAC units inside the home (which may be too close to high-use areas such as bedrooms)
- External sources of EMFs such as cell masts and power lines, etc.
The EMF inspector should check the perimeter of the property (outside) close to any suspected sources (such as power lines and substations). They should also check smart meters, which can also be a source of EMFs.
Indoors, the inspector should check every room in the home for EMF exposure. This should include all electrical devices and appliances. In addition, bedroom walls near electrical meters and cabling need to be checked, as should every room heated by electric radiant panels (which may be located in the floor or the ceiling).
3). EMF measurement documentation: should include the date, time, location and weather conditions when the measurements were done. The distance from the measurement location to the source of EMFs should also be included, along with the source’s identity.
In addition, the EMF survey report may include any medical issues that people living in the home are experiencing, though this will depend on whether or not anyone volunteers this information.
Next, the report should also include assessments of health risks from EMF exposure. The report should indicate the source(s) of risk, the level of risk, etc. In addition, the report should include information on how to fix any issues found during the survey.
Commonly Asked Questions About EMF Inspections
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about EMF surveys.
Q: Will the EMF inspection of our home check the electrical system?
A: Yes, whether you’re purchasing a new home or having your current home assessed. The inspection will look for any sources of EMF exposure, unlike traditional home inspections.
Traditional home inspectors check the home’s electrical wiring to make sure it’s up to code and that it works. An EMF home inspection, on the other hand, checks for EMF radiation levels and possible sources of this type of radiation.
Q: How long after the EMF inspection will the results be ready?
A: Results are usually available immediately after the inspection is completed.
Q: Does the EMF inspector need to access the inside of the house?
A: Yes, they will need access to the inside of your home in order to conduct a thorough inspection. However, if the main suspected source of EMFs is outside (such as power lines), then the inspector will only need access to the area around and outside of your home.
Q: Will we need to be present for the EMF inspection?
A: Yes, it’s better if you’re there, but if you can’t be there, that’s OK. If you’re looking to buy a home and won’t be there, you may be able to arrange the EMF inspection at the same time as the traditional home inspection.
Q: How long does an EMF inspection take?
A: Generally, an EMF inspection of your home will take about 1-2 hours, depending on the size of the home.
In general, this is what should be covered in a traditional EMF home inspection. The inspection details may vary slightly, but the basics should include what we’ve covered here.