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Before You Buy, Have Your New Home Tested For Environmental Contaminants

Posted in 203K Consulting | Blog | Environmental Testing on March 13th, 2014 by Hunter Adams

Home is where most people feel safest. If you are in the process of buying a home or already have a home, but never hired someone to come and do environmental tests on the building materials, air and soil, it is definitely something you should consider.

What Does An Environmental Test Do?

1.       Checks For Lead

Before lead was known to be dangerous, it was used to paint a lot of homes. Home paint stopped using lead base in 1978, but in many cases, traces of the substance still remain. This can be especially hazardous to children, so having testing done is important.

2.       Tests For Asbestos

Asbestos is another toxic substance that was previously used in home building materials. While asbestos isn’t dangerous until it becomes airborne, it is definitely necessary to have your home tested before doing any renovations or repairs.

3.       Measures Radon Gas Levels

Not all inspectors are always equipped to test for radon gas, so make sure that your inspector is when coming to do environmental tests. Certain small levels of radon gas are normal, but it’s important to make sure that your levels are normal and meet the requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency.

If you are interested in having environmental testing done on your home, call MD at 301-717-1454.