Our job as your professional home inspector is to alert you, to the extent possible, to unknown problems and potential environmental hazards in your current or potential house. Ours is a non-invasive visual inspection of your property, which can alert you to possible problems. However, Inspectors commonly offer ancillary testing services for a limited range of concerns
At your request we will test for the presence of radon:
At your request we will sample the water:
- Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the U.S. Radon is a threat to health because it tends to collect in homes, sometimes in very high concentrations. See Radon FAQ.
and submit to the Vermont Department of Health Lab for testing. A depiction of recommendations for well water testing can be found on their webpage. Three of the most common tests are described including "potability". This test is looking for the presence of coliform bacteria:
VT Dept of Health Water Testing
Given that licensed, certified inspectors have no ability to positively identify environmental hazards such as mold, asbestos, lead, poisons, etc.; the Vermont Standards of Practice allows that suspected hazards should be reported: if hazardous materials and/or pests are suspected, every attempt will be made to recommend further evaluation - VT Standards of Practice: section 3.2 General Limitations: (e) (3) (B) and (C)