Soil & Water Testing

Soil and Bacteria Testing

Common causes of indoor sewage / bacterial contamination can be caused by the following:

  • Sewage pipe leak in the walls, ceiling, crawl space, basement, etc
  • Sink drain leak into a cabinet, floor, counter, etc
  • Toilet, sink, shower overflow onto floors, carpet, ceilings, etc
  • Rat feces in homes, attics, crawl spaces, basements, ducts, pipes, etc
  • Pets, cats, dogs, birds, rodents, rats, mice, etc
  • Failed plumbing, improper venting, improper plumbing repairs
  • Leaving clean out trap plugs off
  • Illegal sump pump hookups

Harmful contaminates can be present in the soil, water, contents, building materials and more. Our soil screens can identify elevated ions such as magnesium, mercury, arsenic, lead, iron and nickel, bacterial contamination, pesticide contamination and many others. It is important to identify any contaminant that may be present on or near your property. The health and safety of your family and friends may be compromised if contaminants are present.

Water Testing

We can perform all types of water testing including but not limited to any and all local, county or state requirements.

We perform the required Westchester County Department of Health well water testing program. This is REQUIRED for the transaction of sale of a home in Westchester County that is serviced by a private well.

The sanitary code requires at a minimum the following parameters for compliance with the new law;

  1. Bacteria (total coliform) fecal colifom or Eschericia coli (e-coli)
  2. Chloride, nitrate, pH, arsenic,iron, manganese,sodium, lead
  3. All primary organic contaminants (POCs) included in Part 5 of the New York State Sanitary Code 4) Vinyl chloride, methyl-Tertiary-butyl-ether (MTBE) and any other additional parameters required by Westchester County Department of Health

LANDLORDS need to test water on a regular scheduled basis for both residential and commercial properties. (please contact for further information)

Water contamination can be serious and detrimental to your health. Our water sampling encompasses a range of criteria including pH levels, alkalinity, ion levels, organic and inorganic contaminate, and bacterial analysis, searching for elevated coliform bacteria, specifically E-coli and Entercoocus. These are two key bacterium found in fecal contamination and can be isolated from water samples. It has been estimated that upwards of 7 million Americans become ill from water that has contaminates present. These sicknesses can be become fatal for some.

Many contributors such as out-of-date pipes, pollution, and old treatment techniques can compromise the tap water quality. It is important to investigate the quality and safety of the water your family and you are exposed to on a daily basis. The contaminates categorized by the EPA include the following:

 

  • Organic chemicals
    • Included are pesticides, solvents, and other chemicals that seep into ground water supplies. Some organic chemical are known as volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). These are unstable and may evaporate and/or change form. Most VOCs are linked with cancer and/or nervous system, liver and kidney disorders. Another common organic chemical contaminate is a by-product of chlorination, a water treatment technique, called trihalomethanes (THMs). These can react with nearby decaying plant and animal matter and can result in the production chloroform which is a suggested carcinogen.
  • Inorganic chemicals
    • This group includes harmful metals such as mercury, lead and arsenic, sodium, nitrates and nitrites, asbestos, fluoride, and a variety of natural minerals. Lead is a common water contaminate and can cause significant brain damage. Pregnant women and infants are susceptible to the harsh effects from exposure to small amounts of lead contamination. Out-dated pipes and lead-based fixtures can be the source of lead contamination in a water supply.
  • The most immediate cause for illness comes from water contamination with microbes, parasites, protozoa, bacteria and viruses. Elevated levels of said contaminates are usually cause by “back-flow” of septic systems into a clean water supply.

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