Posted: May 28, 2014 9:00 AM
We want our homes to be as safe and healthy as possible for our children. Protect your family from dangerous environmental toxins by scheduling these important home tests today.
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RTK Environmental Group leads the field of environmental testing and consulting and advises every family to test for unhealthy environmental hazards in the home:

Toxic mold

Early life exposure to mold and the development of childhood asthma are related. In fact, infants who live in moldy homes are three times more likely to develop asthma by age 7, according to a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Additionally, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences showed that babies who were exposed to mold during their first year were more likely to develop a persistent cough or wheeze by age 1.

Toxic mold testing can identify whether or not your home contains dangerous levels of mold. A plan of remediation is in order if the levels are determined to be too high.

Lead poisoning

Was your home built before 1978? If so, then you need a lead test. Lead paint was banned in 1978, but any walls, ceilings or windowsills that were painted before that may be covered in the dangerous toxin.

Exposure to lead is particularly problematic for pregnant women, newborn babies and young children. The Centers for Disease Control warn that even small levels of lead exposure can permanently damage a child's development. Lead poisoning can cause ADHD, brain damage and a host of other mental health issues.

Lead leaches into the air via chipped paint, dust, tap water and even the soil around the home. An X-ray fluorescence (XRF) lead-paint test can identify the amount of lead present and help you determine whether or not abatement is in order.

Contaminated water

Water. You use it to bathe your baby, wash your hands, brush your teeth and cook your pasta. But did you know that it might contain bacteria, radon, pesticides, metal from pipes or even arsenic?

Keep your family safe by testing your water supply, whether it's from the city's municipal authority or your very own well. A water testing service can provide an assessment of the environmental risks and potential health hazards that your family is exposed to every time you wash a dish or prepare a baby bottle.

Contaminated soil

Just think of the things you drag into your home on your shoes. Now consider that this "dirt" — much of it from your very own front yard — may be laced with asbestos, lead, radon, PCBs or other harmful contaminants. Before you let your little ones out to make mud pies, know what you're dealing with. Have your soil sampled and tested.

Poor air quality

Are you breathing clean air? The air in your home can be contaminated by so many everyday products: air fresheners, hair spray, paint, disinfectants, glue, bug spray, radon and so much more. Even your home's heating supply — a furnace or wood-burning fireplace, for example — impacts the quality of your indoor air.

Contaminated air can wreak havoc on your body, and it's particularly harmful for children. It can irritate the eyes, nose and throat and cause headaches. Worse than that, poor air quality can damage the kidneys, liver and central nervous system and even cause lung cancer.

RTK Environmental Group's indoor air quality testing services can test your home for radon, carbon dioxides, VOCs and common allergens. Once the problems of air quality are defined, steps can be taken to correct them.

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