What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is colorless and odorless but can cause serious health problems with excess exposure.
Radon gas emanates from specific types of rock from under your house, and sometimes from building materials. The only way to determine if it’s present in your home is to have a Radon gas test done. The US Surgeon General and the EPA recommends that every home be tested for Radon gas.
The good news is that Radon gas can be detected with a simple test and if the home you’re purchasing has elevated levels of Radon gas, it can be easily fixed. The key is getting a radon test. Then you know if the problem exists, and if so, to what degree. There are remediation options available to lessen the gas if it’s detected.
Why do a Radon Inspection?
The EPA recommends that every home be tested for the presence of Radon gas. It’s estimated that 1 in 15 homes have elevated Radon gas levels. Just think, if you’re planning to stay in your new home for many years, consider how much exposure your family could potentially experience over the course of time. Some houses on the same street can have high levels when their neighbors don’t. It’s simply something you have to test for. It’s best to know up front if the house has elevated levels because it can be easily fixed.
Radon gas poisoning is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the risk is even greater for smokers.
A simple test and an easy fix could save your family from serious health problems.
How does a Radon Test work?
1. Start the test
We will start the testing device at the end of your home inspection or radon-only appointment. The small machine is about the size of a shoe box and sits on a camera-style tripod.
2. The test runs for 72 hours
The test runs for approximately 72 hours, taking hourly readings of radon levels inside the home. During this time you must keep all windows and doors closed, except for normal use.
3. We pick up the test
After the test has finished, we will return to the home to stop the test and pick up the testing device. We will download the data and prepare your analysis.
4. Get your report
Your report will be delivered to you via email the same day we pick up the test. It will be in your reports dashboard. You’ll be able to see the average levels and any remediation recommended by the EPA, if needed.
Our professional radon test costs $165, including drop off, pick up, and your report.
If you book a radon test in conjunction with your home inspection, the price is $140.
What kind of inspection do you need?
Wherever you are in the buying or building process, we’ve got just the inspection you need to go from feeling uncertain to a confident decision. We offer Buyer’s Inspections for traditional home sales, New Construction Inspection packages, and Radon Testing.
All of our inspections include:
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Our detailed reports are delivered through our online reporting system. They include an easy to read summary followed by full descriptions, including pictures.
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