All homes are as unique as fingerprints. Think about additional, optional environmental testing that may need to be performed. Since CARNELL is an "all services under one roof" company, no need to go elsewhere for any environmental tests you may need. These tests can be performed along with the home inspection.


Radon TestingWater TestingUnderground Storage
Tank Testing
Septic System Testing
Asbestos TestingLead-based
Paint Testing
EIFS TestingMold Testing

  • Short term radon testing utilizing approved labs
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas produced by the decay of uranium in soil and rock. It is the largest form of radiation affecting the general public. Radon can penetrate any structure through floors, drains, joints and foundation walls. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.), the Center for Disease Control and the U.S. Surgeon General, all link indoor radon exposure to lung cancer risks. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon on an annual basis.

CARNELL offers:
  • Testing utilizing EPA approved canisters
  • Testing and results in 3 days
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  • NYS Department of Health water lab!
  • 24 Hour Results For Potability

Well / water testing is recommended at time of purchase and annually there after. Municipal systems are tested by the Municipality.

Water contaminants can have a variety of effects. Some contaminants can simply cause staining of laundry and plumbing fixtures, while others have harmful health effects. The EPA has set maximum limits for many contaminants. Analysis of drinking water depends upon accurate and up to date sampling procedures.

CARNELL offers:

  • Potability, Total Coliform/E. Coli Bacteria
  • Lead in Water
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
  • Pesticides
  • Petroleum Hydrocarbons
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Leaking underground storage tanks cause harmful effects to the environment. Property owners are responsible for the remediation process for the soil and ground water on their site and adjacent affected properties. Underground clean up can be very costly. Home buyers can avoid this problem by having the UST tested prior to buying the property.

CARNELL offers:
  • On-site UST testing
  • On-site soil sampling
  • Liaison with oil company and insurance company
  • Certification issuance
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A septic/cesspool dye is introduced into the sanitary waste system of a structure. Water is run at the various plumbing fixtures and allowed to run for an extended time. Exterior areas in the location where the sanitary in ground system is installed are examined after running the water.

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Asbestos is a natural mineral fiber that has been used in over 3,000 products. The properties of asbestos fibers made it attractive as an insulating material for pipes, boilers, and tanks.

Unfortunately, asbestos fibers were found to be hazardous to human health. Asbestos fibers are a health hazard when they are released into the air and can be inhaled. CARNELL is able to provide asbestos surveys for residential and commercial buildings.

CARNELL offers:
  • Asbestos Sample Analysis - PLM & TEM
  • Asbestos Investigations/Surveys ACP-5 and ACP-7
  • Project Design & Monitoring
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Three million tons of lead lines the walls of 57,000,000 American homes! Over time lead paint deteriorates and can cause hazardous conditions. Medical studies have proven that lead poisoning resulting from the ingestion of lead particles is one of the most severe environmental hazards threatening children. Reliable and quick lead paint detection and remedial recommendations are crucial.

CARNELL is able to perform non-destructive and reliable lead paint testing with state of the art testing equipment, the X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF).

CARNELL offers:
  • X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) lead paint detection
  • Risk Assessment - Soil, water and dust sampling
  • Project Design & Monitoring
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SYNTHETIC STUCCO (Exterior Insulation and Finish System - EIFS) consists of sheets of foam attached to the exterior and covered with a thin coating of acrylic material that looks like real stucco. Installation details (flashing and back wrapped joins with caulking) are critical to keep water from being trapped within walls. EIFS is a long-lasting exterior if properly installed and maintained. Improper installations have resulted in serious water problems and rot in walls. Maintenance consists of recaulking joints; the surface does not need painting. Testing is performed by a trained EIFS certified inspector.

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Mold (Fungi) grows everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Mold needs both food and water to reproduce. At least 1,000 species of mold are common in the United States. In a house, it is most likely to grow where there is water or dampness - such as bathrooms and basements. Removing the source of moisture is critical to preventing mold growth. Most types of mold routinely encountered are not hazardous to healthy individuals, however, overexposure can cause coughs, congestion, runny nose, eye irritation or aggravation of asthma.

CARNELL is certified to provide both analysis and remediation consultations for mold.

CARNELL offers:
  • Viable and non-viable air sampling
  • Bulk and swab sampling
  • Project design and monitoring
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