Water Quality Testing
When you have well-water, quality testing involves drawing water samples during the Inspection. This process is unique to the type of testing needed and the required source. These samples are then delivered to a certified independent laboratory where specific testing is done to determine the presence of such things as bacteria (Coliform/Ecoli), Nitrates/Nitrites, or presence of Lead. A full report is then emailed to the client which shows the levels detected of each item being tested. This testing is often needed to satisfy lender requirements for such loan types as FHA, USDA or VA.
A thorough inspection of any septic system is recommended prior to purchasing a home to determine if the system has been functioning satisfactorily. This is accomplished by testing effluent levels in the septic tank or inspecting for evidence of high levels in the past. The tank is then pumped and visually inspected, if possible, to evaluate the integrity of the tank itself. Presence of a proper leech field is also determined and specific measurements from leech field and septic tank to well are often taken, which may be required for certain loan types. We partner with a local company to provide these services.
Wood destroying insects can cause significant damage to a home's structure. A Pest Inspection involves a thorough visual review of every accessible space in the home. Some common insects that we look for are termites, carpenter ants, and powder post beetles. A report is then emailed to the client identifying the types and locations of active infestations, if any, that are discovered. A cost for treatment is also included. This information is crucial to help buyers identify concerns prior to purchasing a home. We partner with a local company to provide these services.
Uranium is a naturally occurring element in the soil. When exposed to the air, it chemically breaks down and Radon gas is formed. This gas enters a home through gaps in the foundation or basement slab and accumulates in the lower levels of the home. It is estimated that over 20,000 deaths from lung cancer in the U.S. are caused each year by radon exposure. The only way to know if your home has elevated levels of Radon gas is by testing. We use RADALINK continuous monitors, which monitor radon levels for a continuous 48 hr. period. An average of the Radon gas concentration is then determined in pCi/L. The EPA recommends mitigation for levels at 4 pCi/L or higher.
Exposure to mold is inevitable in everyday life. Mold growth can become a problem in your home or office where there is sufficient moisture and the right foodstuff is available. The key to preventing mold growth is to prevent all moisture problems. Roof and plumbing leaks, as well as poorly ventilated basements and crawlspaces, can all contribute to mold growth. Generally speaking, the indoor humidity levels should be within 35-60% to prevent mold growth. Presence of mold may contribute to adverse health effects such as coughing or wheezing, asthma, and upper respiratory symptoms. We can provide both swab sampling and filter-type cassette sampling to collect samples. These are then sent to a nationally recognized laboratory to determine the presence and type of mold, if any, that are present. When completed, a full report will be emailed to the client.