Environmental Testing Frederick, MD

Environmental inspections

Radon Testing

Radon is an odorless, colorless, naturally-occurring radioactive gas that easily migrates through soil. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in people who do not smoke.

The E.P.A. recommends radon testing for every home, including new homes, once every two years.

The E.P.A. recommendation is to remediate for radon at levels of 4.0 picocuries per liter (piC/L) or higher.  Our part of the country has high radon levels:

  • In Maryland, northern counties ranging from Garrett to Cecil are considered Zone 1, or having radon levels over 4.0 piC/L.   
  • In Southern Pennsylvania, counties from Bedford to Delaware are also in Zone 1. 
  • In West Virginia, zone 1 counties include Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson.

Water Testing

Safe drinking water should be a paramount priority for any homeowner. In addition to health concerns, water quality can impact the taste, smell and color of your water and cause staining of clothes and corrosion of pipes and fixtures. If the property you are considering relies on well water, mortgage lenders usually require at least basic water testing (coliform bacteria, pH and chloride). The FHA requires additional testing for nitrates, nitrites, turbidity and lead. There are several other tests that can be done, depending upon your concerns and circumstances, such as for levels of copper, iron, aluminum, zinc, etc.

Even though municipal utilities test city water for safety, it is a good idea to have the water coming from your tap tested for lead, as it could leach into your water from pipes and fittings on its way to your home.

Termite Inspection

Maryland Department of Agriculture License #30150

In the United States, termites do more damage to homes annually than all reported fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and windstorms combined. That translates into billions of dollars of damage. The termites in our area are subterranean—they live underground but invade structures to feed on wood. Because they are largely hidden from view, their presence often goes undetected until serious structural damage has occurred. Most mortgage lenders require a termite inspection.

  • We also inspect for powder post beetles, carpenter ants, carpenter bees and other wood destroying insects.
  • Termite protection plan included
  • 90 day termite warranty
    Covers any new activity 90 days from the date of inspection

Mold/Indoor Air Quality

Different types of mold in your home and different levels of exposure can pose various hazards—from irritation to allergic reactions to infection and toxicosis. Toxic and pathogenic molds can cause serious health issues—such as immune suppression and cancer. An air-quality test can give you important answers you need.

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Dawn RayDawn Ray
20:32 25 Sep 23
Fox Mountain Property Inspection was very thourough, professional, and was very timely.
David rayDavid ray
17:27 25 Sep 23
Richard Did a great Job very well pleased
Kimmie WKimmie W
18:01 18 Sep 23
Keith and his co-worker were great. Very informative and explained things clearly. Very thorough with everything. We recommend your services to anyone.Thank you,Mark & Kim
Mary OssiMary Ossi
15:40 16 Sep 23
100 stars! Richard was on time, thorough, empathic and detailed. We got the information we needed in a timely manner with recommendations. I can't say enough good things and will continue to recommend Fox Mountain to everyone!
Gabriel RomanoGabriel Romano
21:57 12 Sep 23
Efficient and reliable service!
Lori MaloneyLori Maloney
01:27 12 Aug 23
The operations manager and owner made personal efforts to ensure we could have the inspection in time to make an informed offer. Richard was knowledgeable and pleasant. It’s nice to see someone who is not only great at their job, but seems to truly enjoy it. Dan (operations) said we’d like him, and he was right!I want to add that this is our second time using the professionals at Fox for an inspection in this challenging home buying market. Both times we left feeling confident we got the information we needed (and more) in order to make an informed decision. They are great- call them!
Sonnie & JoeSonnie & Joe
22:24 10 Aug 23
Keith was awesome. Super helpful and professional. He answered all of my questions and helped me to really understand what was going on with the house. He encouraged me to be educated in the home we were in the process of purchasing, even pointing out areas we'd need to know about for later (water shut offs, etc.). I can't day enough about his friendly and professional demeanor. Thank you, Keith! You rock!
Liz AndrewsLiz Andrews
23:37 07 Aug 23
We bought our first home and called Fox Mountain Property Inspections to inspect the house. They fit us into their schedule within 4 days of calling and were early to the appointment. Incredibly knowledgeable and very thorough inspection. Richard even took the time to explain the inner workings of all the mechanical so we knew what to expect. It was a fantastic experience and you should absolutely call them for all your home inspection needs.
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