Homeland Environmental
Lab Services
15 Years of Service
The two most important resources to human life are the air you breathe and the water you drink. Unfortunately, both the air and water can become exposed with contaminants that cause disease.

Home Land Labs
is dedicated to ensuring the water you drink and the air you breathe is safe so that you and your family can live a long and healthy life. We are Maryland certified via MD LAB ID #353.

Home Land Labs provides us the opportunity to expand our services to water and mold analysis and sampling, and radon testing.

From November 1, 2019 — March 31, 2020 water samples can be dropped off on Saturdays and Sundays by request only. Requests must be made by 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

Drop off times are not guaranteed. A $50.00 drop fee will be charged for weekend drops.

Counties We Service
Based in Baltimore, Home Land Labs has been servicing Maryland and Pennsylvania since 2004. Because of such a narrow service line, we have an expertise and high level of efficiency matched by few to none.

Home Land Labs services the following areas:
  • Anne Arundel
  • Baltimore
  • Calvert
  • Carroll
  • Caroline
  • Cecil
  • Charles
  • Frederick
  • Harford
  • Kent
  • Montgomery
  • Prince George's
  • Queen Anne's
  • Saint Mary's
  • Talbot
  • Washington
  • Adams (PA)
  • Chester (PA)
  • Lancaster (PA)
  • York (PA)
Select a Service
Water Sampling
Standard Packages

Potability Package
Just about any mineral or impurity can be tested for in water. 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 the potability water sample. It tests for:
•   Bacteria
•   Nitrates + Nitrites
•   pH
•   Turbidity

Fee: $120
Turnaround Time: 2 Business Days

VA/FHA/USDA Package
•   Potability+
•   Nitrites
•   Lead
•   Iron

Fee: $190
Turnaround Time: 2 Business Days

Additional Packages
Premier Package: Gross Alpha and Radon
Fee: $250

Chesapeake Package: Arsenic and Gross Alpha
Fee: $205
Turnaround Time: 7 Business Days

Protect your Plumbing Package: Chlorides, Iron, Hardness, pH- Commonly found impurities that can damage
plumbing which could cause leaching of other contaminants that adversely affect health.
Fee: $165

Other Impurities
An $80 sampling collection fee will be assessed in addition to the charges below:
$100 fee for Berks, Bucks, Chester, Kent, Montgomery, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington and Washington DC.


What We Test For
Lead

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.
Fee: $50
Turnaround Time: 2-3 Business Days

Lead Instructions
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 home owners 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 the day of our sampling.

Iron
Possible staining on plumbing fixtures and laundry — required by most VA/FHA underwriters.
Fee: $40
Turnaround Time: 2 Business Days

Gross Alpha
Picks up alpha emissions from Radium and other radionuclides, such as Uranium. Can cause an increased risk of cancer.
Fee:
$125
Turnaround Time: 6  Business Days

Radium 226/228
Increased risk of cancer. Recommended if Gross Alpha results are 5-15 pCi.
Fee: $180
Turnaround Time: 10  Business Days

Howard County Radium Map
Anne Arundel County Radium Map
Baltimore County Radium Map

Arsenic
Wells located in Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties, the Eastern Shore and Anne Arundel County including Mayo, Edgewater, Arnold and Annapolis.
Fee: $40
Turnaround Time: 3 Business Days

Cadmium
Resulting from pipes and industrial waste. Primarily found in the Coastal Plains; Eastern Shore, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s Counties. Can possibly lead to kidney damage.
Fee: $40
Turnaround Time: 7 Business Days

Glyphosate
An organophosphate compound used in many herbicides. It is most commonly known as the primary ingredient in Monsanto's “Round-Up.” It is known to cause kidney problems and reproductive difficulties at elevated levels.
Fee: $175
Turnaround Time: 7 Business Days

Chlorides
Chlorides are commonly found at properties near tidal water and roadways that are treated with road salt in the winter.
Fee: $35
Turnaround Time: 2 — 3 Business Days

Hardness
Presents issues with the "feel" of the water.
Fee: $35
Turnaround Time: 3 Business Days

VOC
(Volatile Organic Compounds) Testing for gas and chemical leaks, which can increase the risk of cancer. VOC’s is a test that covers the entire spectrum above and beyond MTBE’s which is mainly used for finding gasoline.
Fee: $195
Turnaround Time: 7 Business Days

Radon in the Water
The EPA does not currently have a pass/fail level, but under 4,000 pCi/l is the most common acceptable level.
Fee: $50
Turnaround Time: 7 Business Days

Fluoride
Fee: $40
Turnaround Time: 10 Business Days

Copper
Recommend testing for lead too. Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits.
Fee: $25
Turnaround Time: 4 Business Days

Nitrates/Nitrites
Sources are run-off from fertilizer use, leaking septic tanks, sewage, and erosion of natural deposits.
Fee: $30
Turnaround Time: 2 Business Days

Turbidity
Typically from soil run-off.
Fee: $15
Turnaround Time: 1 Business Day

Pesticides
From lawn applications.
Fee: $250
Turnaround Time: 7 Business Days
Radon Testing
Radon in the Air
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless, and tasteless and therefore cannot be detected by our senses.  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.

$140 — 48 Hour Continuous Monitor Test

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 level between 2.0 – 4.0 pCi/L. Click here to see a map showing the risk of radon in your area.  It should be noted that radon can occur anywhere and even a home located in the low risk area can accumulate gas above the EPA Action Level.

When should you test your home for radon:
•   If you have not had your home tested for radon, do so as soon as possible.
•   If you are purchasing an existing or new home.  A radon test is required when selling a home in Montgomery County.
•   If you have had your home tested and levels were between 2.0 – 4.0 piC/L consider testing your home again as radon levels can fluctuate.
•   If a radon mitigation system was installed on your home, it is recommended that you test your home every two year to ensure the effectiveness of the mitigation system.

Home Land Labs offers the most dependable radon testing on the market. Our 48-hour continuous radon monitors provide the most accurate and fastest test results available. Each monitor is calibrated and is exposed to an annual performance test to ensure accurate results. Our lead radon professional is a Licensed Environmental Health Specialist and certified to conduct radon testing by the National Radon Proficiency Program. We are 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 can seep through cracks and voids in the foundation and collect into the areas occupied by humans.

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.

Our Lab Director, Kevin Barnaba is certified to perform radon testing through the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST).

Disclosures & Agreements
Radon Non-Interference Agreement
Mold Sampling & Analysis
Mold

Mold is a living organism that is found naturally in both indoor and outdoor environments, growing on materials that have been water damaged or in areas with high humidity.

Mold generally will not grow if it does not have a source of water. To many individuals, mold is mostly an allergen that can cause normal allergy symptoms. Under certain circumstances, some molds can even be toxic.

For more information on mold, visit the EPA's Resource for Mold Information.

Home Land Labs provides mold analysis to ensure that your home or commercial building is safe from the harmful effects that mold can cause.

Mold analysis is only included with the Home Land laboratory examination.


Mold Sampling

Mold Sampling Protocol: Analysis provided by Home Land Labs.
Mold Chain of Custody Form

$195 — Includes one indoor and one outdoor air sample and one surface sample
Surface samples will be taken at the location requested by the client
Additional Air Sample$40
Additional Surface Sample$35