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I am certified to do a number of tests that can enhance the quality of your life and set your mind at ease about the health and maintenance of your home:

Each of these exams comes with a thorough report that pinpoints strengths and weaknesses and recommendations for improvement and/or abatement. These recommendations may include referrals to reliable contractors who can do the remediation work that may be needed. Note: if these tests are done in tandem with a home inspection, I cannot make referrals (a code of ethics stipulation).

Mold detection:
I offer two levels of mold dtection: 1) a basic test that offers a thorough, whole-house examination (this does well when coupled with a home inspection); and 2) a more extensive test that includes lab sampling for a house or building that clear has a problem. For complete details and pricing go to the mold testing page.

Radon detection
Radon is a very serious and widespread problem in the U.S. Radon gas causes cancer. Both the EPA and HUD recommend that home owners, and especially new home buyers, have their houses tested. If you are buying a home, it's easy to include a radon test with your house inspection. For complete details and pricing go to the radon testing page.

Lead detection
Lead -- a toxic heavy metal -- can be found in most homes built before 1978. Even low levels of airborne lead can cause serious illness, including brain damage, especially among children. It's a good idea to get your house tested for lead. If you are buying a home, it's easy to include a lead detection test with your house inspection. For complete details and pricing go to the lead testing page.

Indoor Air Quality testing
We take for granted that our houses are pollutant-free and well ventilated. However, most allergies can be traced to in-home environments that are not as pollutant-free and as well ventilated as they should be. An Indoor Air Quality examination will verify the strengths and weaknesses of your home's health and make recommendations that could greatly improve the quality of your daily life. For complete details and pricing go to the indoor air quality page.

Energy Audit
Having an energy audit done on your house will not only result in more comfortable living -- as you improve the insulation and ventilation of your home -- but it will also save you money, perhaps as much as 30% on your monthly heating and cooling expenses. For complete details and pricing go to the energy audit page.

Water Testing
We take for granted that our water is safe when it comes from a municipal tab. But all treated water is contaminated, just not comtaminagted enough to make us sick. If you own an older home, you'll want to check for lead in your water, at the very least. For complete details and pricing go to the water testing page.

Soil Testing
You'll want to test your soil if 1) you're worried about contaminants, like lead, which can be injested by children and pets and make growing edibles dangerous; and/or 2) you need to know your soil's strengths and weaknesse so that ykou can add the right ammendments to your garden before planting. For complete details and pricing go to the water testing page.

You can find informational articles about each of these testing topics -- lead, radon, mold, etc. -- on my resource page.


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