Building a homestead is a little different than building up your average house. A homestead is typically a place that can sustain the life of the family that lives on the property. Many homesteads will feature a house, gardens and crops, animals and barns, and wells or other natural water sources. If you are helping to build a homestead for a family, you need to be sure that the work that goes into the homestead will make the actual place sustainable. Here are some different types of tests that you should bring professionals on the property for before building the homestead.
Bring a radon testing professional
One of the things that you will need for sure is radon testing. Radon is a gas produced from radiation that can remain in the air. Having radon in the air inside of a home will affect the quality of the air and can cause lung problems. Radon is also not detectable just through smell or sight; you will need to specifically perform radon testing. Prior to setting up a house in a specific area, have the air tested for radon. If there is radon gas detected, this is a problem that should be cured before building the homestead.
Test the soil levels
In order for soil to be fertile, it must have the appropriate level of nitrogen. It is possible to purchase soil for growing crops; however, the soil that is already in the ground on the homestead can still have an effect on the crops. Test the soil in the area before drilling or attempting to grow crops. If the level of arsenic in the soil is too high, this could possibly destroy your crops. Have the soil tested and determine if the nitrogen is as it should be, plus determine what other chemicals are inside of the soil. This will make growing crops much easier.
Have water samples tested
Water can be affected by almost all types of chemicals. For a homestead that will run off of well water, you will need to know the quality of the water prior to setting up the well system. Have the water tested for chemicals including radon, lead, and chlorine. If there are levels in the water that are too high for drinking or using for crops, you will need to have the water treated or clear up the issues with the land prior to setting up the homestead.
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