Radon Testing

 

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas produced by the decay of uranium and radium. Unlike some indoor pollutants, it cannot be detected by our senses. This naturally occurring radioactive gas is produced in the moist soil or rock. As a result, all houses have some radon, as does the outdoor air. Radon is an inert gas, meaning that it is chemically inactive. Since it is not chemically bound or attached to other materials, radon can move easily through any material that has pores or void spaces through which gases can move. Void spaces and pores are found in the soil beneath any home. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America, just behind smoking. Radon levels should be tested in all homes to ensure that this gas doesn't harm occupants. As an additional service, we offer Radon testing only using RADALINK, the industry's leading testing equipment.

 

 

Mold Testing

 

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed.

It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors. Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grown on.

All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth. As an additional service, Accurate will test for mold in any home inspection.

 

 

Lead Testing

 

Lead paint is often hidden beneath several layers of paint in homes built before 1978. Lead based paint dust is a danger to all people but especially to children under the age of six as well as pregnant women. The state of Maryland has passed a law that requires all rental properties built before 1978 to be registered with the Maryland Department of the Environment and must be tested for lead dust. As an additional service, will test for lead in any rental property. 

Termites

Termite Inspections are conducted by State-Certified Consultants to evaluate the presence of Wood Destroying Insects/Organisms (WDI/WDO). Upon completion of the inspection, accurate reports with an estimate will be provided for remedial action, if necessary.   Note: Termite Inspections can only be scheduled with a home inspection.  If you only need a termite inspection, please call our office for a referral.

Water Quality Testing

Water Quality - It may look crystal clear, but is the water potable? If you’re buying a home with a well as its main drinking water source, you need to know the water is safe to drink.

Well water should generally be tested for bacteria, nitrates, sand, turbidity and pH. VA lenders require additional testing for iron, and FHA-insured loans require additional testing for nitrites and lead.

For more information about well water safety, contact the Environmental Protection Agency.

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