Radon Testing By Continuous Monitor
- Exposure to radon gas is thought to be the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
- The higher the radon levels in the home and the longer an occupant is exposed to those high levels, the greater the health risk.
- Even if there is a radon system in place, the only way to know for sure if the system is working properly is to test for radon.
Basic Well Water Testing – Includes Basic Profile, Lead & Radon Tests.
- Standard water analysis to determine the general quality of the water you drink.
- Meets the minimum requirements specified by Connecticut state statutes.
- Includes bacteria, physical properties and chemical constituents.
Households with children, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems are especially at risk when contaminants are present in drinking water. Additional tests should be considered if there is reason to believe that other contaminates are present as many contaminants have no color, odor, or taste and can only be detected through laboratory analysis.
Lead in Water Test:
- Checks for lead emanating from the well water.
Radon in Water Test:
- Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in the rocks and soil.
- Radon can diffuse into ground water and can be released into the air as water flows into sinks, tubs, and appliances.
- Household activities that use hot water, such as showering, washing dishes or clothes, can release large amounts of radon particularly in the rooms where this water is used.
Arsenic & Uranium Well Water Testing – Private wells in Fairfield County have recently tested higher than the federal standards set for public water systems.
- Determines if these toxic metals are present and whether the water can be considered safe for drinking.
- Both metals are considered toxic and can have a variety of adverse human health effects.
- When wells are drilled into bedrock, arsenic and uranium can leach into the well water.
- The amount of these metals in any given segment of bedrock is variable and without testing, it is not possible to determine if the water is safe for drinking.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has recently issued updated guidelines regarding arsenic and uranium testing in well water. In recent weeks there have been a number of reports of clusters of private wells in Fairfield County with arsenic levels higher than the federal standards set for public water systems. Based on these increased reports, the Connecticut Department of Public Health strongly recommends:
- Testing all private wells in Connecticut for arsenic and uranium at least once, and ideally every five years since levels can vary over time.
- Testing should be performed whenever a house is sold.
- Testing should be performed whenever a new well is drilled.
- Testing should be performed whenever an existing well is hydrofracked.
VOC and Pesticide Well Water Testing – Test if well is within 1000 feet of a former/existing gasoline station or other fuel tanks or near an farm/orchard or similar facility.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs):
- VOCs are found in a variety of products including fuel oils, gasoline, solvents, cleaners, degreasers, paints, inks, dyes and refrigerants.
- VOCs enter private water supplies through accidental spills and leaks, improper storage and disposal, and industrial discharges and runoff.
- Once in the soil, VOCs may be carried deeper by rain, water or snow melt and eventually reach the groundwater.
- If VOCs migrate underground to nearby wells, they can eventually end up in drinking water supplies.
- Pesticides are commonly used on farms, fruit orchards, golf courses, residential lawns and gardens, and inside homes and other buildings.
- Pesticides can enter ground water directly through spills, improper application, or improper storage or disposal of pesticides or containers.
- Indirect contamination is usually the result of normal application.
City Water Lead and Copper Testing – Test if house was built prior to 1986 and the plumbing has not been updated to determine if these metals are present in your drinking water.
Here are a few facts that you should be aware of:
- Lead is a naturally occurring metal and can be present in homes constructed prior to 1986, even if those homes are supplied with city drinking water.
- Lead leaches into water from corrosion of lead pipes, lead-based solder, brass or chrome materials found in household plumbing materials or the water distribution system.
- In 1986, Congress banned the use of solder containing greater than 0.2% lead and restricted the lead content of faucets, pipes and other plumbing materials to 8.0%.
- Despite these restrictions, many houses built prior to 1986 have elevated levels of lead contamination in their water systems.
- Since you cannot see, taste, or smell lead dissolved in water, testing is the only sure way of knowing if there are harmful amounts of lead in your drinking water.
- We will also perform an additional test to determine if lead is emanating from the city water distribution system.
Septic Inspection / Pumping – Septic systems have a life expectancy and septic issues can be costly to repair. A typical septic inspection includes the following services:
- Locating and opening the main septic tank and examining the standing water/waste levels to determine if there are leaks and if the system has been maintained.
- Running water into the tank to check for any obstructions in the waste line to the tank.
- Pumping the tank to:
- Determine if the inlet and outlet tees are in operable condition.
- Reveal structural deficiencies in the tank.
- Identify leaks coming from the home into the tank.
- Verify that downstream water is not leaking back into the tank.
- Probing the leach fields to determine if waste water appears to be draining.
Mold and Allergen Detection
- Molds and potential allergens are a naturally occurring part of our environment but certain types or amounts indoors may lead to unhealthy conditions for inhabitants and the decay of building materials.
- Molds produce allergens, irritants, and potentially toxic substances which are recognized as contributors to asthma attacks.
- Mold and allergen detection safeguards the health and well being of occupants as well as protects the investment of the owner.
- Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) Member #9005165
Swimming Pool Inspection – For current pool owners or buyers who have never owned a pool, our inspector can give enough information to feel comfortable about pool ownership. A typical pool inspection includes the following services:
- Visual assessments.
- Sounding of coping, tile, stone on raised walls to check for flaws.
- Testing of systems including remote controls, pumps, heaters, lights, etc. to determine functional status.