Radon Testing In Air
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. It is a naturally occurring odorless, tasteless, colorless cancer causing gas that exists in virtually every home and the only way to know the level of risk is to test. We highly recommend testing as 1:9 homes in our area have an elevated radon level exceeding the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L, compared to the national average of 1:15.
We primarily use electronic continuous radon monitors for testing. These monitors are extremely accurate and results are available the same day that testing is complete; compared to an additional 3 to 7 day wait for test kits that need to be sent away to a lab. Time is of the essence in real estate transaction, and we understand that.
James is a Certified Radon Measurement Specialist with the National Radon Safety Board and additionally holds certification in Radon Mitigation from the National Radon Proficiency Program. These are the only 2 nationally recognized professional organizations that provide certification and demand continual education in the field of radon for re-certification. James also owns and runs Cape Cod Radon Services, LLC, providing the highest level of radon experience as a Home Inspector on the Cape. If your home does test with an elevated level, radon can be quickly and efficiently mitigated in almost every home. If you decide to mitigate the home, we have a unique testing package detailed below. *please note: CCRS does not provide mitigation services for homes where we have conducted a home inspection, only testing.
Testing Cost: $150 at time of home inspection. *For Radon in Water Testing Click Here.
- Safe Harbor Home Inspections places and retrieves all testing equipment to help ensure reliable testing results.
Post Mitigation Package Cost: $275
We will perform a post mitigation radon test to ensure the system that was installed is functioning, and provide a detailed inspection report on the mitigation installation. As a certified and experience radon mitigation professional, we are uniquely qualified to inspect a mitigation system for proper installation. Since there is no State oversight on radon mitigation, we view this as an important step in the home buying process. This price is valid for 60 days after the home inspection.
Water Quality Testing
If the home you intend to purchase has a private well water supply, we highly recommend testing your well water. Certain towns require well testing during a home sale transaction and/or only accept testing results administered by a town official. We recommend contacting the specific town office to check their requirements, if any.
We always have standard test kits on hand that typically satisfy VA/FHA/USDA loan requirements. If you are looking for a more comprehensive water quality test or the presence of specific compounds, we can help, but we need know in advance of the day of inspection to ensure we have the proper test kits on hand.
Water Testing Costs: *pricing reflects performing tests in conjunction with a home inspection
Radon In Water Test: $75
Standard Water Quality Test: $245
Comprehensive Water Quality Test: $295
Health Scan Water Quality Test: $395
Environmental Scan Water Quality Test: $745
Additional stand alone testing is available such as Heavy Metals, Pesticides or specific compounds. Just let us know your needs ahead of time so that we have the proper testing kits for your inspection.
* Testing inclusions descriptions provided by testing laboratory, Safe Harbor Home Inspections, LLC is not responsible for any changes they may make in testing inclusions or exclusions.
This is a stand alone test for radon in water. Depending upon the level it can contribute up to 1 pCi/L to radon levels inside a home. Since radon gas does not dissolve in water, it is released whenever water is run in the home, such as when taking a shower.
This test satisfies most loan requirements such as VA/FHA. It includes EPA Primary and Secondary Drinking Standards, Total Dissolved Solids, Hardness, Conductivity, Ammonia, Sediment
Includes the standard items plus, Radon and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) often found in household products, paints, gasoline and industrial solvents.
All of the items of both the Standard and Comprehensive test plus a Complete Microbiological Analysis which identifies and quantifies bacteria, fungi and yeast.
Consider this test if you’re concerned about pollution from either a nearby industry, a landfill or dump. Includes pesticides, herbicides, expanded heavy metals, detergents as well as the more conventional contamination in the more standard testing. Test includes: total coliform, fecal/E. coli bacteria, standard plate count lead, nitrate, nitrite, chlorine, color, hardness, pH, total dissolved solids, sulfate, ammonia, alkalinity, odor, conductivity, sediment, turbidity, arsenic and volatile organic compounds (including MTBE), 3 herbicides and 19 pesticides, Polychlorinate, radon, calcium, copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, chloride, d Biphenyls (PCB), the heavy metals antimony, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, mercury, nickel, selenium, silver, thallium; total organic carbons (TOC), methylene blue active substances (MBAS), hydrogen sulfide, o-phosphorus.
What is an additional Structure? An additional structure is typically any building that is not attached to the main house. This often includes a guest cottage, detached garage with living space above, in-depth review of sheds, barns, pool houses, etc.
Please note: Items such as garages attached to or under the house are included in a typical home inspection. Also, we often include a brief courtesy review of small shed type structures, but if the shed is an important item to you, be sure to request a more in-depth inspection of the structure ahead of time.
Why do we charge for additional structures? Assuming you want it inspected, a large detached garage often has it's own electrical, foundation, or if it has living space above - stairways, doors, windows, possibly a heating system, a bathroom or a kitchen. It can be like inspecting a small house. So, yes, we charge accordingly for providing you a thorough and detailed inspection of these structures to aid in your decision making procress.
Cost: Varies - Every home is unique please call with all the pertinent information so that we can help you. This includes the type of structure, square footage, is there a kitchen, bathroom, etc.