What is radon? And why test for it?
Radon is a radioactive colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. Which comes from the breakdown of uranium in the soil. Which leads to lung cancer.
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. Testing canisters are placed in your home between 2-7 days then collected and sent out for analysis. The whole process can take between 3-4 weeks. When selling a home everything moves pretty quickly. If radon is found radon can be lowered to safe levels with a mitigation system. You will need a qualified or state certified radon contractor.
Why test for bacteria, nitrate, and lead?
This a serious question concerning the health of you family. Public water supplies are reugularly tested for these contaminants. Even if you have public water (city water) it is possible to have contamination due to contact with pipes, connections, or inadequate water treatment facilities. If you have private water (well water) you are responsible for your own water being safe.
All water should be tested when:
Buying a new home
Water leaves scaly residue and soap scum
Water appears frothy and colored
Plumbing contains lead pipe fitting and solder joints
Plumbing fixtures or laundry are stained, or plumbing shows sign of corrosion
Your water has an odd taste or smell
Household members or guests experience gastrointestinal illness
We take water samples from the home send them out for analysis and will have the results in about 3-4 days. If it is positive an enviornmental speacialist will have to be consulted to find where the contamination is coming from. Private water will have to be disinfected.
Coliform bacteria are commonly found in the intestines of animals and humans. Most coliform bacteria itself are not harmful themselves, but are a sure sign of unsanitary conditions and the presence of it in water is a strong indicator of recent animal or waste contamination. Sewage can contain many different disease causing organisms.
Nitrate are found in food, water and soil. High levels of nitrate in the water supply can cause infant cyanosis (blue baby) in children under six months. Long-term affects are still not known at this time. Nitrate also indicates the possibility of other contaminants.
Lead builds up in your body over the years and can cause damage in the red blood cells, kidneys, and brain. The worst risk is to children and pregnant woman. Amounts shown not to hurt adults can slow down normal mental and physical development of growing young children.