Environmental Testing

Lead Based Paint

Lead is ever-present in all urban environments due to its pervasive use in industrial, automotive, and household industries over the past 100 years. It remains a common element in older homes, either in paint, dust, or in sites soil. We use swab tests to determine the presence of lead base paints and help educate the risk associated with this pollutants.

Lead Testing is commonly done on older homes pre 1978 when lead paint was used and considered safe, as we have come to find out today, ingesting Lead can cause brain development and nervous system issues most commonly in children. If you are concerned about the home you live in or plan to purchase has lead paint, Contact K&K and talk to a professional to see if you need a test.

Water Quality Testing

We strongly recommend all wells are tested for water quality and for flow rate. We have encountered low flow wells that fail to meet the needs of larger families. Also, occasionally water quality is such that treatment is needed to resolve the issue. We typically use the local testing facilities that return results in approximately 72 hours. All water tests are available including heavy metals if desired.Potable Water Testing is a good idea even if you plan on filtering your drinking water. Simply because you may need a specific filter if the water has bacteria that a common filter won’t catch. It is alway recommended and sometimes required for wells and springs loans such and FHA, USDA, and VA require water testing for E coli, additional testing that VA requires is heavy metal and the potential for field and fertilizer runoff.

Asbestos Testing

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. EPA and CPSC have banned several asbestos products. Manufacturers have also voluntarily limited uses of asbestos. Today, asbestos is most commonly found in older homes, in pipe and furnace insulation materials, asbestos shingles, millboard, textured paints and other coating materials, and floor tiles.

Elevated concentrations of airborne asbestos can occur after asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities. Improper attempts to remove these materials can release asbestos fibers into the air in homes, increasing asbestos levels and endangering people living in those homes. We will identify products that are suspected to have asbestos in them and test them if requested. In general we have found most asbestos based products to be in the form of steam line insulation, attic insulation(vermiculite), popcorn ceiling textures and exterior siding material