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Water Quality Testing

In the United States, agricultural runoff and wastewater discharge contribute to the contamination of our water resources, and an estimated 7 million Americans become sick each year from contaminated tap water. Municipal, drinking water systems regulated by the EPA provide 80 percent of Nantucket homes with their drinking water. These supplies are tested routinely for pathogens, radioactive materials, toxic chemicals and dozens of other contaminants, and suppliers are required by law to provide annual test results to customers. Responsibility for testing private water supplies generally lies with property owners. The Massachusetts's Department of Environmental Testing recommends testing your private water supply before buying a home and once a year after that. Nantucket Home inspections can provide a comprehensive test that meets FHA and VA testing requirements. The test looks for elevated levels of Coliform, E. Coli, Lead, Iron, Nitrates/Nitrite, and turbidity. The test are sent to a national recognized lab to determine the levels for each contaminate, and the report will break down all findings in an easy to follow format

Indoor Air Quality Testing

Nantucket Home Inspection can report on many things related to the soundness of the home. But one thing I cannot observe with the naked eye are the airborne chemicals present in the home that could potentially affect the health of you and your family. I have chosen to offer my customers a state-of-the-art test that checks for chemicals and mold in the air that could potentially make you and your family sick, and provides you with an assessment of the home air quality. Here are some important facts from the E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency) and the C.D.C ( Center for Disease Control) to know: (1) The air in your home can have 100 times more chemicals inside than outside, and that adults and kids now spend most of their time indoors (90%). (2) In the United States 20+ million adults have asthma, and the National Asthma Survey has reported that asthma is the most prevalent chronic disease among children. These numbers continue to increase annually, suggesting that the indoor environment plays a contributing role in this trend. (3) 1. Mold growth can be present within the home and be hidden behind walls or underneath carpeting or flooring. (4) The use of Formaldehyde is prevalent in certain building materials and the concentration of this known cancer-causing agent can be many times the safe level. The Test I use is state of the art, and is a low-cost test designed to measure the chemicals in the air and find hidden mold. It is performed during the home inspection, and it reports the total amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Mold Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs) found in the home and whether they are within a recommended safe range. Get peace of mind that the air in the home you’re buying is safe to breathe. Call us today about performing an accurate, affordable test as part of a complete home inspection service.

Radon Testing

Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas and therefore not detectable by human senses alone. Epidemiological studies have shown a clear link between breathing high concentrations of radon and incidence of lung cancer. Thus, radon is considered a significant contaminant that affects indoor air quality worldwide. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking, causing 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. While radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, it is the number one cause among non-smokers, according to EPA estimate. Some level of radon will be found in most homes. The short-term radon test devices used for screening purposes are inexpensive, and results are available in a short time period. There are very important protocols for taking short-term radon tests and it is imperative that they be strictly followed. The kit includes a collector that is placed in the lowest livable floor of the house for 2 to 4 days. Nantucket Home Inspection then sends the collector to a laboratory for analysis and recommendations.

Mold Inspections/Testing

A home inspection performed by Nantucket Home Inspection includes a visual inspection of a property for suspected Microbial Substance's and conditions that may cause the property to develop Microbial substances. The determination of, if the suspected microbial substance's is mold must be made in a lab under tight testing standards.  I will not say your new home has mold in it unless the suspected area is tested.

Mold testing is the physical collection of samples for lab analysis. Almost all of us already have two effective mold detectors: our eyes and our noses.  Once mold is located, it's not always easy to tell what caused it in the first place, or the proper way to get rid of it.

Nantucket Home Inspection can help with the unknown. The purpose for TESTING MOLD (extracting samples for lab analysis) is to: a. Identify what types of molds are present, both on surfaces and in the air; and b. Determine how much of each mold type is present. It is estimated there is over 200,000 different types of mold. Some molds produce toxins. Toxins are poison. A little bit of toxic mold might not harm you, but a lot can make you very sick. Once mold is located it is helpful to know exactly what kind of mold it is and how much of it is there, especially when you attempt to remove it. When disturbed, mold can send millions of tiny little toxic spores into the air, and into you! Understanding what you are dealing with will help facilitate a proper plan to remove mold without causing harm to you and others who occupy the property. Accurate assessments of surface mold and airborne mold spores are only possible when microscopic sampling is analyzed. It is important to prevent indoor mold growth and to quickly clean up any growth that does occur. Unfortunately, mold can hide inside walls, behind wallpaper, under carpet, and in other hidden locations. Although it is not seen, this mold can still release spores that may affect people’s health and comfort. Air conditioning systems can carry the spores throughout the house, contaminating other rooms. Eventually, these spores will settle out of the air onto flat surfaces such as the floor. Air sampling captures these spores so that they can be tested by a qualified laboratory.   Nantucket Home Inspection is working with IAQ Pro to develop a test procedure that can analyze the type of suspected microbial substance on site and give you results in minutes not days.  IAQ Pro has worked with the US government and they are the only approved testing company for many hazardous chemicals.  Ask How this test can work for you.