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Stand Alone Short Term Radon Inspections for $145.00.
Receive a $50 Discount when you combine a Radon Inspection with a Home Inspection.
Professional short-term testing takes a minimum of 48 hours, provided the house meets EPA protocol requirements at the time the test is placed and picked up. No need to worry about delayed results as we are able to send the test results out the same day the test is picked up from the testing property.
Upon scheduling, we request this compliance letter (LINK) be sent to the listing agent & seller to ensure they are aware of Closed House Conditions.
CLOSED HOUSE CONDITIONS
For the short-term radon test – a radon test conducted for at least 48 hours and less than 90 days – Closed House Conditions are to be observed, which consists of the following:
For at least 12 hours prior to the start of the test and for the entire duration of the test:
- All exterior windows for the entire house are to remain closed.
- All exterior doors for the entire house are to remain closed except for normal entry and exit – do not prop doors open.
We use E-PERM® technology. This is the most accurate technology in the industry and provides the most accurate results possible.
E-Perm testing consists of 2 separate E-PERM® chambers used simultaneously. The test kit does not emit anything and the occupants can live as they normally would, with the exception of the Closed House Condition protocol.
WHAT IS RADON?
Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water.
WHY IS IT A CONCERN?
It is scientifically proven that radon gas causes lung cancer. Even though you can not see or smell radon gas, it is not hard to find out if you have a radon problem in your home. Per EPA, the only way you will know if you have elevated radon levels is if you test for it.
The radon gas itself is not a problem but its decay products are. The radioactive decay products are particles that can attach themselves to lung tissue when radon gas is inhaled. It is primarily the alpha radiation that causes lung cancer. In the United States, it is estimated that over 21,000 deaths are caused every year by radon gas. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. As with cigarette smoking, the risk is higher with greater exposure. The effects are long term rather than immediate.
* EPA Health Risks associated with Radon
WHERE IS IT FOUND?
Uranium is present in many parts of the earth’s crust. Areas subject to high radon gas levels have appreciable concentrations of uranium in the earth & cracks or porous soils through which the gas can migrate up to the surface. To the right is the EPA Map of Radon Zones (LINK).
HOW IT GETS INTO HOUSES?
Radon escaping into the air is not a problem, since it is diluted quickly.In Buildings, however, radon gas can be trapped, particularly during winter months, when doors & windows are kept closed & ventilation is at a minimum. It is difficult predict which buildings will have a problem.
Radon enters the building through cracks in basement floors and walls, openings around pipes and electrical services into the basement, through water supplies, and through basement floor drains, for example. Even in areas with high concentrations in the earth, one building may have very high radon levels and a similar building across the street may have very low levels.