Homeland Environmental
Maryland Services
15 Years of Service
Home Land Environmental has been serving Maryland for 15 years. Our new offering, Home Land Labs, provides us the opportunity to expand our services to water analysis and sampling, and radon testing.

Based in Baltimore, Home Land Environmental has been servicing Maryland since 2004.  Because of such a narrow service line, we have an expertise and high level of efficiency matched by few to none.
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Counties We Service
Home Land Environmental services the following areas in Maryland:
  • Annapolis
  • Anne Arundel
  • Baltimore
  • Calvert
  • Caroline
  • Carroll
  • Cecil
  • Charles
  • Frederick
  • Harford
  • Howard
  • Kent
  • Montgomery
  • Prince George's
  • Queen Anne's
  • Saint Mary's
  • Talbot
  • Waldorf
  • Washington
Septic Inspections
How a Septic System Works

All water from the house, whether it’s from the sink, shower, toilet, or other water source, flows into the septic tank. The job of the tank is to trap the solids and let the cleaner water pass through to the drainage area. The tank needs to be pumped to remove these solids. If not maintained, they will build up and escape into the drainage area.

The water then goes to a distribution box (D-box), which evenly distributes the water to each drainfield or drywell. This box can become unleveled, pushing all the water to one particular drainfield, causing premature failure.

Drainfields are ditches approximately 60-100’ long, and differ in size and depth. A drainfield may be dug 6’ deep, then filled with 4’ of stone. The pipe runs from the distribution box to the drainfield pipe, which is a drain tile that has holes in the bottom. The water drips out of the pipe and into the stone. This stone is limestone, and it cleans the water as it passes into the ground and water table.

Potential Problems
•   Metal Tanks
•   Leaking Concrete Tanks
•   Slow drainage
•   Heavy solids in tanks
•   Faulty Pumps
•   Faulty Floats
•   Faulty Alarms
•   Broken Baffles
•   Full or nearly full drainfields and drywells
•   Unleveled distribution boxes
•   Clogged or broken lines

The Do's and Don'ts of Your Septic System

We currently offer a Septic Evaluation and a Camera Septic Inspection.


During a Septic Evaluation we perform the following:
•   Locate and access the septic tank.
•   Determine if tank is composed of concrete, metal or fiberglass.
•   Determine if the water level in tank is exactly where it should be.
•   Determine if the back baffle is intact.
•   Check flow from house to the tank.
•   If the septic system has a pump chamber then the pump, floats and alarms will be checked for functionality.
•   Probe the outside of the septic tank to check for cracks/voids in the tank.
•   Attempt to locate the absorption area using county records and a probe to try and determine if the absorption area is functioning or failing.
•   Septic pumping is NOT a part of our standard diagnostic. In the case of home inspections, pumping can easily be scheduled concurrently if required by the buyer. However, under normal circumstances, we suggest that the inspection be performed prior to scheduling a pumping. This saves the buyer money by eliminating a surcharge for pumping the tank, and in most cases it will not yield any value to the customer. If high levels of solids are found during the inspection, the report will reflect this. Only in extreme and rare cases will a septic pumping help in the inspection process. In addition, the outside of the septic tank is probed to ensure there are no cracks in the walls of the tank. A tank should never be pumped within a month prior to a septic inspection without notifying the inspector.

During a Camera Septic Inspection we perform the following:
Upgrade your septic evaluation to a Camera Septic Inspection.
This is the most comprehensive septic inspection available! Plan for 2-3 hours. We will perform a standard septic evaluation with the addition of using a fiber optic camera to view and record the front and back plumbing lines to learn about potential clogging points. The inspection includes excavating the back end of the tank by hand and exposing the distribution box when accessible.* A written report with a detailed map and dimensions will be provided within 24 hours once payment has been received. A video will be provided via Dropbox.

*The back end of the tank and distribution box must be within 3ft of grade and do not have obstructions above their access lids.


Camera Septic Inspection FAQs

Our Camera Septic Inspection Pricing:

$325  Septic Evaluation*  (first foot of digging included, $100 per additional foot for digging if necessary)
$495  
Camera Septic Inspection*
$195  
Second System Inspection (if a second camera is needed, there will be an additional fee of $425)

*Pricing for Berks, Bucks, Chester, Kent, Montgomery, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Washington Counties:
Septic Evaluation — $375
Camera Septic Inspection — $525




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: $125
Turnaround Time: 2 Business Days

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

Fee: $190
Turnaround Time: 2-3 Business Days

Additional on 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
Please note that if the lead instructions are not followed an $80 collection fee will be assessed if a return trip is needed to accurately collect the lead sample.


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

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

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

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
Well Yield Testing
A Well Yield Test is a timed-test to determine how many gallons per minute a well system can produce. A Well Yield Test will show:
•   A functioning well pump and pressure tank.
•   If a well is running dry or lacks sufficient recuperation.
•   The reserve amount sitting in the well.
•   If the buyers would have to stretch the time between running water: showers, laundry, car washing, dish washer, etc.

Home Land Environmental offers both a full, 3-hour Well Yield Test and a shorter, but less accurate, 1-hour Modified Yield Test.

3-Hour Yield Test
$345
This more accurate, 3-hour test provides sufficient time to run through the reserve of the well, so that the actual amount of water falling into it from the ground can be seen — which by definition, is the well yield.

Modified, 1-Hour Yield Test
$195
This is a shorter, less accurate stress test. It gives the buyer a high level view of the overall performance of the well and pumping system, but may not represent the true statistics of the well, as the 3-hour test will do.

During a Well Yield Test, Home Land Environmental will run water from the well and measure this water in consistent intervals, with five gallons of water being the sample amount at each of these intervals. For best results, water should be taken directly from the pressure tank whenever possible. The last 5-gallon reading is determined to be the “well flow” or “yield” for that well.

Because water runs through the bottlenecks of the well pump and pressure tank, 10-12 gallons per minute is usually the best result for the test. This number may differ from the well yield results produced at the time of drilling, as the bottleneck will have been eliminated.

Baltimore County Regulated Well Yield Test
$410 (regulated 3-6 hour test)
Official yield tests for private water supplies must be performed under the direct supervision of a Master Well Driller or Pump Installer licensed by the Maryland State Board of Well Drillers, or a Master Plumber licensed by the Baltimore County Plumbing Board.

Yield tests for existing wells in which a submersible pump has been installed and connected to a water distribution system may be performed in accordance with the following procedure:

The contractor performing the test shall provide a testing manifold consisting of an inlet for connection to the pressure line from the well and a tee with a pressure gauge graduated with intervals of at least 2 pounds per square inch (psi) and capable of measuring up to 200 psi.

The testing manifold must be connected so that the pumping switch mechanism is by-passed.

The pump should be turned on and the manifold valve opened completely. Time, flow rate, and pressure readings must be recorded every 15 minutes.

If the water level is drawn down to the pump intake; turn the pump off and record the time. Wait a set period of time (15 minutes); turn the pump back on and measure the discharge of the water until the water level is drawn down to the pump intake again. Record the time and repeat this process at least three times to determine the recovery rate (well yield). The well yield is determined by dividing the average discharge (in gallons) by the average interval (in minutes) between each time the pump was shut off.

For well yields less than 4 gallons/minute, the yield test shall continue by valving down the discharge to the approximate well yield determined in step (4) and recording the flow rate and pressure every 15 minutes until six hours has passed from the commencement of the test.

For recovery rates of 4 gallons/minute or greater, testing may be terminated after three hours if:
•   The water level is determined to have dropped no greater than 200 feet through the duration of the test; or
•   The discharge pressure does not vary by more than 5 psi.


Did You Know?
A typical family of four uses approximately 250 gallons per day.
Sewer Inspection
Camera Sewer Line Inspections

Camera Sewer Line Inspections are available for properties on public utilities. Plan for 1-2 hours. We view and record the sewer lines from an access cap typically located in the basement of the home.*

A video will be provided via Dropbox within 1-2 business days once payment has been received.

$250 — Core Counties / $275-$300 — Non-core Counties
*If there is no access cap, we can remove a toilet for $125

City Slicker Package - $325
•   Camera Sewer Line Inspection
•   Radon in the Air Test
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.


Disclosures & Agreements

Radon Non-Interference Agreement  |  Chain of Custody Form



Maryland Resident Radon Resources

EPA Homebuyer’s and Sellers Guide
EPA Consumer’s Guide
Mold Sampling
Mold

Mold Sampling Protocol:  $195
This is service is primarily for customers that need to confirm a known problem. Other clients may not have a known problem, but may want to just do testing before doing a more detailed inspection. Does not include any determination of source or recommendations on remediation.

•   Includes up to one indoor air sample, one outdoor air sample (control), one surface sample  
•   Turnaround: 2 business days
•   Same day rush — $30 PER SAMPLE
•   Next day rush — $10 PER SAMPLE
•   Rush results will be received by 8:00 pm at the end of the business day. Samples must be received in the Rosedale lab no later than 3:00 pm. Administration team must notify the lab immediately after a Rush Sample is ordered.


Partial Mold Inspection:  $325 — No rushes offered at this time
This service is for a client who suspects a problem in a particular area of a building. They are interested in confirming the problem, identifying the source of the problem, and advice on how to correct the problem. A detailed inspection report will be sent that includes a full assessment and remediation recommendations for the area that was inspected.  

•   The area must be on the same level and no more 750 square feet.  
•   The inspection includes up to one indoor air sample in the suspected area, one outdoor air sample (control), one indoor air sample used as an indoor control, and one surface sample. Total of up to 3 air samples and 1 surface sample Will not include an assessment of the area used as an indoor control.
•   
Turnaround: 3 business days

Full Mold Inspection:  $495No rushes offered at this time
This service is for a client who has a general concern regarding mold and wants their entire home assessed.  This service should also be offered to a client who suspect problems in multiple areas of the home.  They are interested in confirming the problem, identifying the source of the problem, and advice on how to correct the problem. The client will receive a report that details an assessment of each room, source of any found problems, and advice on remediating the problem.  

•   A full assessment of a building up to 3000 square feet.
•   Includes up to 3 indoor samples (one on each floor), 1 outdoor sample (control), and 1 surface sample. Total of up to 4 air samples and 1 surface sample.
•   
Turnaround: 3 business days

Additional Samples:  $45 Each

Important Information

We conduct a non-intrusive inspection. This means we will not damage any property to including removing drywall, carpet, etc.  Inspector will use infrared guns, hydrometers, moisture meters, and other tools in attempt to assess non-visible areas.  It is the responsibility of the client to ensure all areas to be inspected are accessible.  Inspector may not remove storage items, furniture, appliance, etc. in order to access an area.  In addition, the inspector will not enter enclosed unsafe areas of the home.  This may include crawlspaces, attics, etc.