Have you ever thought about your microwave. Does it leak, Is it safe? Am I putting radiation in my food or hurting my family with microwave foods. Don’t get me wrong, sitting in front of the television and watching a movie with the family or your favorite show we all have put that bag of pop corn in the microwave and 3 minutes later its ready and yummy to share as we watch our movie or show.
This weeks blog is about how to test a microwave and if its leaking radiation. Normally, home inspectors do not test the microwave. We test if the light works, fan is working, if its a plug in connection note that and how the fan is discharging the exhaust. But the other day, I was on an inspection and something different happened when I was testing for the microwave for operation, as I mentioned above. The unit was a newer microwave and above the range and had the exhaust unit. The exhaust was extinguished to the exterior for cooking, which was excellent. This considering some just bypass the exhaust back in the room and have a charcoal filter. The oddest thing happen and it was my keys sparked near the microwave. Now this happened because, I was told my truck alarm was going off. So I clicked the button and the keys sparked. This has never happened in the 2 years of my inspection business. I have installed several like units, with my construction company (GK Construction Company, LLC) and never thought of anything. So after this incident I have done some research.
The microwave can leak radiation and also inside of the microwave has many DC volts that if touched wrong can cause many injuries or burns. I found out that the microwave, mentioned above, was leaking radiation because my keys sparked. Furthermore, I use a lab, Pro-Lab Inc., for mold and radon testing and found that they have a microwave test. My company went back and did a radiation test and found that the microwave was leaking radiation. So, if my keys did not spark near the unit, it would had never been known.
So, below, I want to share some household ways to let you know how to test for the microwave if its leaking.
House keys or flashcube method
Additionally, we now can test for the microwave if its leaking with a certified result. The cost is very economical and could be essential to any microwave, especially ones that are 5 years or older and are a range hood. We do not test a microwave that is a unit by itself. However, this test can be done the same way.
So, the next time that you use your microwave, please give this some thought. We do not want radiation in our home or in our food. Like all appliances they expire at times and sometimes are defects from the manufactures. If you have any questions about this inspection process, please contact us anytime at; firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at, 352-322-2700. We will be gladly to assist with any process you desire. Thank YOU, always.
Emerald Inspection Service LLC.