Radon, Mold, Lead and other Testing
Air Quality Testing
The unseen environmental aspects of the home are important to your family's health and safety.
Indoor air quality is an important health factor regarding your new home. You will spend on average more than 50% of your life inside your home and the air quality can have a big impact on your overall health. During a home inspection we can only visually look for issues, but Air Quality testing allows us to go beyond the visual.
We use "Air-O-Cell" canisters and specialized equipment to take indoor air samples and compare those to the outdoor air and provide a detailed lab analysis report about the indoor air quality. This includes a full spectrum of possible mold specimens. The best part is that our expert inspectors can explain this information in an easy to understand narrative.
We can also take swab and tape lift samples of things that visually present as mold to verify the type and severity.
Lead Paint and AsbestosTesting
Older homes may have lead paint or asbestos present and testing will be sure you know what you've got.
Lead paint was common in homes built before 1978. If you are buying an older home, we can complete Lead paint testing to determine if lead is present in the home. Common areas include wood windows and trim as well as wood flooring finish and exterior paint.
If you have a rental property in Maryland built prior to 1978, you must register the property with MDE and complete Lead paint testing. We are register to complete this testing for you and can help with the process.
In addition to Lead based paint, asbestos duct wrap, pipe insulation, flooring, and even drywall is common in older homes, but this can even be found in newew homes. If you are performing a renovation and need to disturb possible asbestos containing materials, it's important to have testing done first. We use certified labs for analysis of all Lead and Asbestos testing.
According to the EPA – https://www.epa.gov/radon
“…all homes should be tested regardless of geographic location, radon zone or local test data.”
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
Check out the map below and if you are buying a house in a red or orange county, you should consider having a radon test.