Radon and Lead Testing
We work with environmental testing laboratories to detect common environmental issues so that treatment or removal can begin right away.
- What is radon?
- Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the U.S. In very high concentrations inside a home, radon can cause lung cancer. In two 1999 reports, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) concluded that radon in indoor air is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after cigarette smoking.
- How do I know if there is radon in my home?
- You cannot see, feel, smell, or taste radon. Testing your home is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk. We can arrange for a radon test at the same time that we perform a home inspection.
- What if there’s a high radon level in the house?
- One straight forward approach is called remediation. It involves installing a vent system to route the radon gas away from the home’s interior. It’s not that expensive and properly installed and maintained, can eliminate the problem.
For more information, read the EPA’s A Citizen’s Guide to Radon and How to Find a Qualified Radon Service Professional in Your Area.
- Why is lead in some homes?
- Lead—a toxic metal—was used for many years in materials for homes, particularly paint. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978, but homes built before this time may still have it. Household dust can be contaminated, as can the soil around a house. In some cases, there may be lead in the drinking water if there are plumbing pipes made of lead or with lead solder. If not detected early, children can suffer from damage to the brain and nervous system, behavior and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems and headaches. Adults can suffer as well: difficulties during pregnancy, high blood pressure, digestive problems, nerve disorders, memory and concentration problems, and muscle and joint pain.
- What should I do about lead?
- Reduced lead hazards can be achieved by repairing damaged painted surfaces and planting grass to cover soil. To permanently remove lead hazards, a certified lead abatement contractor must remove, seal, or enclose lead-based paint with special materials.
- Lead based paint tests by environmental laboratory technicians can be scheduled to be conducted at the same time as your home inspection.
For more information, see the EPA’s Lead Information Resources.