Radon Gas Testing
Radon is a radioactive gas released from the normal decay of the elements uranium, thorium, and radium in rocks and soil. It is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that seeps up through the ground and diffuses into the air. Radon decays quickly, giving off tiny radioactive particles.
When inhaled, these radioactive particles can damage the cells that line the lung. Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer, the only cancer proven to be associated with inhaling radon.
About 1 in 15 U.S. homes is estimated to have radon levels at or above this EPA action level.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends taking action to reduce radon in homes that have a radon level at or above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air.
Testing is the only way to know if a person’s home has elevated radon levels. We work with EPA certified laboratories to bring you results you can trust.
Radon Water Testing
Some radon stays in the water and is naturally present in ground water in some areas.
Radon can contaminate private wells through groundwater flow, waste water seepage and flooding.
Drinking water containing radon also presents a risk of developing toxic kidney effects and an increase in internal organ cancers, primarily stomach cancer. If you have a private well: EPA recommends testing your drinking water for radon.
Bacterial Water Testing
Many bacteria commonly found in drinking water is harmless; However, certain bacteria can make you and your family seriously ill. This bacteria is commonly found in human sewage and animal waste. People that consume drinking water containing these microorganisms can experience gastrointestinal illnesses and infections.
Water run-off from rainfall or snow-melt can contaminate private wells by washing microorganisms into the well system or seeping underground. Leakage of waste from underground storage tanks and from septic leach fields can reach a water source and result in microorganisms being present in water wells.
Thankfully, there are many plans of action a homeowner or potential homeowner could take in order to remedy any bad bacteria found during testing.