Radon, uranium testing spikes with surge in home sales
For Portland native Kate McCabe, moving from a home hooked into the public water system to one with a private well was as much about having safe drinking water as it was about expanding the space for her growing family. So when the inspector f
Bill would promote testing for arsenic in Maine well water
The proposal is similar to one that Gov. Paul LePage vetoed in 2015, calling it unnecessary.
‘Arsenic Belt’ in eastern Maine means high rate of the poison in well water, study finds
PORTLAND, Maine — Arsenic levels in bedrock well water have been found at a rate greater than three times the national average along a corridor stretching from eastern Maine to northeastern Massachusetts, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released Monday. “In eastern New England, like alo…
Student’s project turned up elevated lead levels in Boothbay schools
The district has warned students and staff not to drink or cook with the water, first found to have high lead levels in testing March 30.
Federal study highlights corrosive potential of Maine groundwater
The tests by the U.S. Geological Survey show that Maine households could be at a higher risk of exposure to harmful levels of lead or other metals, depending on the age of their plumbing systems.
North Country Healthy Home Testing updated their cover photo.
People who drink water with too much arsenic for many years are more likely to get cancer. Arsenic can cause skin, bladder and lung cancers. It may cause low birth weight and affect brain development in babies if pregnant women drink water with too much arsenic in it. Arsenic can also affect brain development in young children. Other problems from drinking water with very high arsenic levels include: stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, numbness or tingling in the hands and feet and changes in skin. Your chance of having any of these health problems depends on:
- how much arsenic is in your water;
- how much water you drink;
- how long you have been drinking the water.
Source: Radon & Home Sales – Maine Division of Environmental Health
Real estate transactions are the wrong time to find out that there is high concentration of a naturally occurring lung cancer inducing radioactive gas emanating throughout your home from under it’s foundation…(or maybe escaping from your drinking water!). If not for the pre-sale home inspections that are typically requested by prospective buyers, very few people would have ever heard of this invasive and harmful gas. Unfortunately, this is often the first time the house has ever been tested for radon. In Maine, (statistically) one out of three homeowners are then told that the home they have been living in for years (if not decades) has a radon level that is unhealthy and unacceptable to the buyers, who subsequently propose as a condition of sale, that a radon mitigation system is installed at the owner’s expense . This sometimes jeopardizes the sale of the property to the dismay of the owner, seller, as well as the real estate agents involved.