Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from a natural breakdown of uranium in soil rock and water. It naturally releases from the ground into the air. There are no areas of the U.S. that are not at risk of Radon exposure and radon can be found in any type of building; including schools, homes and offices. Risk of exposure in homes is higher because that’s where most people spend the majority of their time. You can’t see, smell or taste Radon and because it comes from the ground, it can find its way into your home. The only way to determine if your home has any level of Radon is through testing. The EPA and surgeon general recommend testing all homes below the third level. If it is discovered that your home has elevated Radon levels, remediation will likely be recommended. Acceptable levels can be achieved with proper venting equipment.
Radon testing is the only way to determine if your home has higher-than-average levels of radon, which can pose a health risk to you and your family.
There are short term and long term DIY testing kits that can be left in place and will take 30 – 90 days. Upon completion of a DIY radon testing kit, you can send the samples to a lab for measured results.
However, hiring a qualified professional will certainly provide optimal results as a Qualified Radon Specialist will use high tech equipment to produce results within 48 hours along with your report. A qualified radon professional will be available to interpret the radon levels, answer your questions and provide options for mitigation if necessary.
The biggest benefit of radon testing is peace of mind. Radon has no smell, taste, or color, and beyond contributing to the development of lung cancer, radon exposure has no symptoms that can be identified by a doctor. That means a radon test is the only way to make sure your home has a safe level of radon.
Radon tests can also save you money if you’re trying to sell your home, because you can provide information about radon levels to potential buyers, ensuring you meet local codes related to radon compliance.
The EPA also recommends that you test for radon when buying a home. That way, if high levels of radon are detected, you can request that the home seller install mitigation features, or you can back out of the purchase by utilizing your home inspection contingency.
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Epidemiological studies in the U.S. and Europe have associated mold sensitivity with the development, persistence, and severity of asthma. Exposure to mold and the mycotoxins or toxins they produce can be absorbed through the skin, GI tract, or by inhalation of fungal parts. Suppression of the immune system by exposure to these types of pollutants has been linked to chronic diseases, even cancer.
Mold exposure can be harmful to your health. People with weak immune systems from diseases such as HIV infection, patients taking chemotherapy, people with existing lung disease, and those who have had an organ transplant are more susceptible to infections from mold and can have a severe reaction.
The increasing awareness of mold problems in indoor environments has created high demand for mold investigation and inspection services. Fluctuations in air quality often go undetected until toxins accumulate to dangerous levels in an environment. Monitoring and promptly addressing air quality concerns before problems arise is essential to the health of your home, business, clients, and employees.
Sample analysis of your indoor space for air quality monitoring and fungal-related toxicity concentration including black mold is our specialty.
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Bacteria are microscopic organisms not visible to the naked eye. These tiny organisms are everywhere, both inside and outside of your body. They survive in a variety of environments and while some are necessary for life others can make you extremely sick. At Microbial Express Labs we offer a complete testing service that not only detects the presence or absence of sewage-related bacteria, we also quickly identify and enumerate them.
Coliform bacteria are natural inhabitants of the environment and the intestinal tract of warm-blooded animals. It is their presence in drinking water that indicates that disease-causing organisms (pathogens) could be in the water system. A Total Coliform test is used as an overall indication of sanitation efficiency. The presence of total coliform, by itself, does not imply that the resource is contaminated, but it can reveal that one, if not more of the more serious types of harmful bacteria, such as fecal or E. coli bacteria, may be present.
Escherichia coli (E. coli) is the major species in the fecal coliform (FC) group and is the best indicator of fecal pollution and the possible presence of pathogens or disease-causing organisms.
E. coli bacteria are found in greater quantities than Total Coliform in animal fecal matter. Our Total Coliform test detects the presence of Total Coliform and E. coli. If E. coli is detected along with Total Coliform in drinking water, there is strong evidence that sewage is present. As a result, a greater potential for pathogenic organisms to exist.
At Microbial Express Labs we offer a second layer to this test. In addition to the traditional test mentioned above, our Complete Fecal Coliform test adds the detection of Enerococcus faecalis. E. Faecalis is also a fecal indicator organism and one of the various microorganisms used a positive control in the examination of water for human consumption. E. faecalis is a very stable bacterium. Its ability to survive in harsh conditions is greater than that of E. coli and in recent years there has been an increase in its resistance to many once used antibiotics.
A positive test implies a risk that pathogenic species may be present. Testing for bacteria is the only reliable way to know if your water is safe. You cannot determine the presence of disease-causing organisms by look, taste, or smell.
It is recommended that well owners test their water for coliform bacteria at least once a year and more frequently if bacteria have been a problem in the past. Our trusted labs not only provide the detection of but also will enumerate the number of Coliforms/Escherichia coli (E. coli), and Enterococcus faecalis bacteria. We provide fast, accurate results you can trust!