Homeowners & Landlords

As homeowners and landlords, it's important to keep your family and residents safe from harmful environmental contaminants such as mold, bacteria and radon. NEL can conduct a full range of tests that can identify or rule out threats to your health.

NEL works extensively with home inspectors or property management consultants to help them identify any contaminants in your air or water. NEL also can work directly with homeowners if state law allows. Contact NEL for a list of inspectors and consultants in your area.

NEL will send test kits to homeowners for free. Payment is due when samples are shipped back to NEL or dropped off at the Winslow or Westbrook labs. Many times, results can be available in days or hours. NEL can turn around results more quickly than most commercial and government labs.

The Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention has two videos on YouTube about well water testing. Just click the links below to view the videos. The first, "How to Test Your Well Water", will help you prepare a sample for submission to NEL. The second, "Understanding Your Well Water Test Results", helps you understand your report from NEL.

Available Testing Kits

Below you will find our typical residential testing kits. If you don’t see what you are looking for, please contact us and we'll direct you to the appropriate place to find it.

Mortgage Approval Conventional Test

The Mortgage Approval Conventional Test provides homeowners with the information that they will need to purchase a home. It is the most comprehensive set of tests for your water quality.

The package includes the following tests: pH, Chloride, Hardness, Nitrates/Nitrites, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Coliform/E.coli, Lead, Arsenic, Sodium and Fluoride.

Specific Toxins

First Draw Lead: If you have an older home with lead solder used on pipes, you should test for Lead.

Fluoride: If you have children in the home and are concerned with their Fluoride intake whether over exposure or under exposure, you should test for Fluoride.

Iron Bacteria: If you see brown slimy staining in your home, you should test for Iron Bacteria.

Radon: If you live near large amounts of granite or ledge, you should test for radon.

Environmental Water Tests

You can prevent the contamination of your drinking water supply by monitoring surface water, ground water and waste water for coliform and fecal bacteria – specifically E.coli. We have TCMF, FCMF, and ECMF tests to detect indicators of disease and contamination.