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Home & BusinessRadon Testing& Inspection Services

Locate, Reduce & Prevent Dangerous Cancer Causing Exposure To Radon
We Help Fast 24/7! Call (732) 769-8101

Stop The Danger At It’s Source

Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that exists in some soils. It is largely related to deep deposits of radioactive materials such as naturally-occurring uranium deposits. It is known to increase cancer risk as well as other medical complications. It’s estimated to cause around 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year.

The EPA and the Surgeon General noted that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Smokers who are living in a radon zone, are at even higher risk for lung cancer and other significant respiratory health complications.

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Can Radon Cause A Problem When Buying Or Selling A Home?

Radon can also impact the real estate process. It’s estimated that roughly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level of 4 pCi/L or more.

If you are thinking about selling or buying a home in a known potential radon zone, you should strongly consider having it tested for radon. Failing to do so, could be a disclosure, liability, or safety issue that could complicate the real estate process. Potential lenders might refuse to underwrite a loan if a radon test and remediation have not been performed on a property in a known moderate to high-risk radon zone.

Selling A Home With A Radon Concern

The US Environmental Protection Agency recommends having your home tested for radon before listing it for sale. Some lenders and insurers might require the radon information for properties in a known radon area. On the bright side, if your property comes up with a low to negligible radon number it could end up being a strong selling point that could increase your overall asking price.

Buying A Home With A Radon Concern

Here again, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends requesting a radon test or the radon numbers before making an offer on a home. This includes asking the seller if they currently have an active radon-reduction system on the property.

Radon Testing Methods

There are several different testing methods and criteria for detecting the presence as well as the strength of radon gas on a questionable property. This includes short-term radon tests and long-term radon tests.

It’s important to note that radon is a soil-borne gas that results from the subsoil breakdown of uranium and other naturally-occurring radioactive materials. This means that in places where the soil changes from season to season, the radon numbers can also change. Especially in the winter where the soil can freeze.

Short-Term Radon Testing

A short-term radon test can take between 2 to 90 days depending on the type of testing device. A passive radon testing device uses things like alpha track detectors, charcoal canisters, charcoal liquid scintillation detectors, and electret ion chambers. These are considered to be continuous monitors for short-term radon tests.

While you might be able to purchase some of these devices online or in retail stores, they rely on careful placement. To be considered official, they also need to be certified by a professional organization like Affordable Remediation. If you attempt to perform the test yourself, the results may not be accepted by a buyer, seller, insurer, or loan underwriter.

Long-Term Radon Testing

This type of long-term testing typically takes longer than 90 days. It includes various devices like an alpha tracker and electret ion chamber detectors. It is designed to provide you with reading to help determine the property’s year-round average radon level. This is important for determining an effective radon remediation strategy.

Different Radon Testing Devices

It is possible to order a radon test kit by mail from a qualified radon measurement services provider or laboratory. Though it often takes a long time to get results, and not all insurance companies or lending institutions will accept the results of a self-administered home test.

Qualified radon testing professional like the certified technicians at Affordable Remediation might use one or more of the following devices as part of a short-term or long-term radon testing process.

Passive Radon Testing Devices

These radon testing devices do not need power to function, which makes them a preferred option in areas where electricity isn’t convenient or readily available. They essentially take samples of the air in a home or outbuilding’s interior.

Some of them are resistant to interference and accidental disturbance. Many professional radon testing technicians will use them in concert with active radon testing devices.

Common passive radon testing devices include:

  • Charcoal canisters
  • Alpha-track detectors
  • Charcoal liquid scintillation devices
  • Electret ion chamber detectors

Active Radon Testing Devices

Active radon testing devices typically need a consistent electrical charge to continuously monitor the radon levels in the interior of your home or business. Many of them report information in a way that makes it easy to detect abnormal changes in radon levels, which can be a key indicator of accidental disturbance or tampering with the test. For this reason, a lot of official sources prefer tests that feature or at least include the use of active radon testing devices in concert with passive radon testing devices.

What’s Considered A Dangerous Radon Level?

The US Environmental Protection Agency recommends repairs or implementing an effective long-term remediation system for any radon test that returns results of 4 pCi/L or higher. This is considered to be the EPA’s “Action Level” for the presence of radon.

What Should I Do If My Home Tests Positive For Radon?

Fortunately, if your home tests positive for radon, or the site you are building your new home on is in a known radon zone, there are some options to help mitigate its presence. The one that is right for you will depend on your home, your foundation, and the radon test results.

Common Radon Resistant Features

The EPS offers a few different recommendations on how to reduce the interior presence of radon in your home. Some are easier to install if they are planned for in a new construction home

Professional Radon Testing & Reporting

Most loan underwriters and many insurance providers require some type of radon testing for homes that are located in a known radon zone. While you might be able to perform a self-administered test, the lending institution or insurance company might still reject the results.

Professional radon testing from a certified professional company like Affordable Remediation provides you with accurate results and the kind of verifiable documentation that helps streamline the process for insurers and lending institutions.

Our experienced technicians can also help give you insights on ways that you can minimize the presence of radon in your home.