RADON TESTING

Radon Facts

Regular radon testing is an imperative inspection for homeowners and homebuyers. Radon is a carcinogenic (causes cancer), radioactive gas. It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. The EPA estimates that radon causes thousands of cancer-related deaths in the United States each year, including an estimated 21,000 lung cancer-related deaths annually.

You should strongly consider putting your home or future home under radon screening.

At The Inspectors Company, we take radon testing very seriously, considering the dangers to health. Ahead of the intervention, we make sure you follow steps to ensure accurate results and proper testing conditions. We pick up the testing devices and take them to a laboratory for processing. Results are forwarded to you in a timely manner.

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Short-term test and long-term radon testing.

Short-term testing is the quickest type of radon inspection. Depending on the type of device, short-term testing kits remain in your home or business for about 2-4 days. These devices may be charcoal canisters, continuous monitors, or liquid scintillation detectors.

A CRM (Continuous Radon Monitor) may be employed at the preference of a homeowner concerned for their family’s possible radon exposure. This device is programmed to detect radon and record its results every hour for a minimum of 48 hours within a closed home environment. These results may be downloaded immediately, often adding to the appeal of this method of radon screening.

Long-term tests remain in your home anywhere from 91 days and up to one year. Alpha track and electret detectors are the most commonly used devices for this sort of radon screening operation. A long-term test will give you a more accurate year-round average radon level reading.

Can a radon problem be fixed?

There are various techniques for remedying high levels and even very high levels of radon. Depending on how your property was built, your options may vary. Often times, radon mitigation techniques employed on existing home structures may cost as much as other common home repairs. You can also learn about the various radon-resistant features that may or may not have been built into your home or potential real estate purchase. If your home was built with radon-resistant construction in mind, it should have the following features:
  • Gas-permeable layer: usually a 4-inch layer of gravel that allows the soil gas to move freely beneath the house.
  • Plastic sheeting: placed on top of the gas-permeable layer and under the slab in order to prevent gas entering your home.
  • Vent pipe: a 3- or 4-inch PVC pipe (or related fixture) that runs from the gas-permeable layer through the house to the roof for safe ventilation of radon and other soil gases.
  • Junction boxes: to alert you of a possible vent fan failure that may result in a gas leakage.

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