The EPA recommends a radon test for anyone buying or selling a home
What is radon?
Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas, resulting from the natural decay of uranium. Most radon issues are a result of soil gas, but radon can also be present in well water.
Why is it dangerous?
According to the EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US, resulting in thousands of deaths each year. Radon can be present in virtually any home in the US and one in 15 homes are estimated to have dangerous radon levels.
When should you test for radon?
The EPA recommends that a seller test for radon before putting a house on the market, so the seller has time to address any negative test results. Whether it happens before being listed or during escrow, every new home purchase should be tested for radon. When a test shows levels above 4 pCi/L, further action is recommended.
How does the testing process work?
Residential Radon will drop off a test a few days before your home inspection. If the home is vacant, you can provide a lock box code for entry. The technician will determine the most appropriate placement for the test and will be able to provide you with the results after 3 days. For your convenience, you may want to coordinate the pick-up during with home inspection appointment.
What do you do if you have a positive radon test?
There are radon mitigation specialists who can address radon issues through various methods including suction, depressurization, aeration, ventilation, or sealing. The most common method is a vent pipe system and fan, which pulls radon from beneath the house and vents it to the outside.
Residential Radon LLC, uses calibrated continuous radon monitors (CRM) for a 48 hour period. When testing is complete, you will receive a detailed report on site that shows hourly measurements as well as the average radon level in your home.
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