Water can be tested for just about any mineral or impurity. However, the most common sample group is called the Potability Water Sample, also sometimes referred to as “Chemical and Bacteria Testing.” Should there be a problem, water conditioning units are available for any impurity found in the water. Most lenders require a potability water sample. Tests for:
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Tests for Gross Alpha and Radon
Tests for Arsenic and Gross Alpha
Tests for Chlorides, Iron, Hardness, pH- Commonly found impurities that can damage plumbing which could cause leaching of other contaminants that adversely affect health.
Our core service areas
Washington DC, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Kent, Montgomery, St. Mary’s & Talbot Counties
Required by most VA/FHA/ USDA underwriters. Caused by corrosion of household plumbing systems or hardware and erosion of natural deposits. Can lead to slowed mental development and kidney problems. Lead Instructions will need to be followed.
If the house is vacant, we suggest running the cold water from the kitchen faucet for one hour the day before the sampling. If the home is occupied, this is not necessary. However, the homeowners should put a towel over their kitchen sink the evening prior to sampling and should not run any water from the kitchen sink until the sampling is taken. We must be the first to run water from the kitchen sink on the day of our sampling.
Possible staining on plumbing fixtures and laundry — required by most VA/FHA underwriters.
Picks up alpha emissions from Radium and other radionuclides, such as Uranium. Can cause an increased risk of cancer.
Increased risk of cancer. Recommended if Gross Alpha results are 5-15 pCi.
Wells located in Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties, the Eastern Shore and Anne Arundel County including Mayo, Edgewater, Arnold and Annapolis.
Resulting from pipes and industrial waste. When consumed can lead to possible kidney damage. Cadmium testing is required in order to obtain a Certificate of Potability in certain areas of Anne Arundel County when the pH is below 6.0.
Chlorides are commonly found at properties near tidal water and roadways that are treated with road salt in the winter.
Presents issues with the "feel" of the water.
Testing for gas and chemical leaks, which can increase the risk of cancer. VOCs is a test that covers the entire spectrum above and beyond MTBE which is mainly used for finding gasoline.
The EPA does not currently have a pass/fail level, but under 4,000 pCi/l is the most common acceptable level.
Recommend testing for lead too. Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits.
Sources are run-off from fertilizer use, leaking septic tanks, sewage, and erosion of natural deposits.
Typically from soil run-off.
We offer the most dependable radon testing on the market. Our 48-hour continuous radon monitors are calibrated and performance test annually to ensure the most accurate and fastest test results available. Our Lab Director and lead radon professional, Kevin Barnaba, is a Licensed Environmental Health Specialist and is certified to conduct radon testing by the National Radon Proficiency Program. Home Land Labs is a third party testing company that does not perform mitigation work.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is naturally occurring in rocks.. When foundations are dug for homes or commercial buildings, the gas collects under the slab on the lowest level. The gas, which cannot be detected by our senses, can seep through cracks and voids in the foundation and collect into the areas occupied by humans. Radon is a health threat because the gas can accumulate in homes and cause lung cancer. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.
The EPA has a set 4.0 pCi/L as the Action Level to correct your home. Because there are no safe levels of radon, it is recommended that a home be corrected for levels between 2.0 – 4.0 pCi/L. It should be noted that radon can occur anywhere and even a home located in a low-risk area can accumulate gas above the EPA Action Level.
Thankfully, if radon is found at unsafe levels in occupied space, it can be removed by a radon mitigation system. Don’t wait to find out if you have radon in your home. Get your home tested for radon today. If you are buying a home, be sure to have the home tested before you buy.
Home Land Labs (ID LAP-232343) is now accredited by the AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs (AIHA LAP, LLC) in the EMLAP accreditation program for the analyses of Fungal Spores by Air – Direct Examination & Surface – Direct Examination, as documented by the Scope of Accreditation Certificate and associated Scope.