Water Testing

Water Testing


 

While we’re conducting your home inspection, hire us to perform a Water Test. Testing the water in your home is the only way to determine potential contaminents and/or biological compounds such as:

  • Dangerous levels of bacteria, including E-Coli and coliform
  • Elevated levels of nitrates and nitrites from fertilizers that leach into the groundwater
  • Imbalances in PH Levels
  • Fluoride levels
  • Mineral contaminents, such as iron and arsenic
  • Heavy metal contamination, including copper and lead
  • and MUCH more!

Your water test offers several different service levels, depending on how many variables you would like to test for. You will receive a digital water test report that is available for you to keep and use prior to closing on your new home.

No natural water source is completely free of impurities; contaminants and pathogens must be monitored and mitigated. With the passage of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set standards that determined the level for the safe consumption of 80 contaminants.

Water system plants test and treat water. However, these protections can and do fail. As your home inspector, it is our job to look for material defects in the homes we inspect to ensure that it is safe for the occupants; adding water quality testing to your home inspection is another safety measure you can take in protecting your investment.

Levels of Testing we Offer:

  1. Basic Water Testing – This test is designed as a fast laboratory-precision screen for Lead, Copper, and pH.
  2. Coliform & E. coli Screen – This test performed in a professionally certified laboratory and analyzes a drinking water sample for potentially harmful bacteria indicators. This test checks for the presence or absence of Coliform & E. coli.
  3. Radon Water Screening – Radon is a known carcinogen with a particular impact on internal organs and the stomach. Various US states suggest safe levels for radon in drinking water range from 300 to 10,000 pCi/L. Our radon reporting includes a clear breakdown of what your radon levels mean for your health as well as easy treatment options if necessary.
  4. VOC Water Screening – This tests your water for 50+ volatile organic compounds (VOCs) using the EPA Method 524.2. Many of these parameters are significant health risks and can migrate into your drinking water from a variety of sources such as:
    – Chlorine Disinfection
    – Proximity to waste facilities
    – Proximity to agricultural activity
    – Proximity to oil and gas activity
    – Decayed plastic plumbing
    – Other sources of organic contaminents
    (For a complete list of the VOCs that are screened for in this test, please contact us at uchomeinspection@gmail.com)
  5. Full Radiation Water Screening – According to a recent investigative report by our friends at Environmental Working Group (EWG), more than 170 million Americans drink tap water contaminated by radiation. Long term exposure to low levels of radiation in drinking water is a serious health hazard, especially for pregnant women. This package tests your water for Alpha Radiation and Beta Radiation from any source, including Radium, Radon, Uranium, and Strontium.
  6. F.H.A / V.A Water Testing – This test and report you’ll receive will be compliant with F.H.A / V.A requirements for home loans as well as the great majority of bank, state, and/or county requirements. A digital signed letter from the laboratory is included with your report, certifying the results. This test includes certified analysis for:
    – Lead
    – Nitrate
    – Nitrite
    – Arsenic
    – Coliform bacteria
    – E. coli bacteria
  7. F.H.A / V.A Comprehensive Water Testing – This test offers all testing that the F.H.A / V.A Water Testing offers, and more. The results for this test include a broader range of parameters than the basic test, and still comply with F.H.A / V.A requirements and those of the great majority of lending institutions, states, and counties. The results for the upgraded test are delivered in a report which includes health risk analysis for each contaminant detected, remediation recommendations, and nearby results.
  8. GenX and PFAS Test – This water testing package includes targeted laboratory analysis for PFAS compounds & GenX in drinking water. GenX is otherwise known as chemical compound Hexafluoropropylene Oxide Dimer Acid (HFPO-DA) CAS # 13252-13-6. GenX has gained attention in recent years, after the widely reported chemical spill at the Chemours Fayetteville Works in North Carolina, GenX has subsequently been detected in nearby water supplies and is therefor a cause for concern. This test is for anyone who wants a private laboratory to determine whether traces of the PFAS compounds including HFPO- DA, (sometimes referred to as “Gen X” or “C3 dimer”) are present in their drinking water. GenX is a synthetic compound that requires a special testing methods to analyze at very low detection levels. The role of GenX in human health is relatively unknown still but due to it’s close relationship with PFAS compounds, it is assumed to bio-accumulate in animal and human body tissues. Testing of GenX and PFAS in drinking water includes laboratory analysis method: EPA 537.1 utilizing isotope dilution. The reporting limit for GenX and PFAS in drinking water is 2 parts per trillion (ppt).

    (For a complete list of chemicals and/or compounds in any of these tests that are screened for, please contact us at uchomeinspection@gmail.com)

Water Testing in Warren, Farmington Hills, Novi, Dearborn, Livonia, Westland, Detroit, Bloomfield, and surrounding areas of Michigan!