Radon testing is available and is recommended by the EPA for all home buyers.
Radon test with home inspection..........$60
Stand alone radon test..........................$100
A radon test consists of two charcoal canisters left in the lowest living level (usually the basement) undisturbed for 48 hours. There can be no tampering of the canisters. All doors and windows must be kept closed in the testing room for the full length of the test. Not following these rules will void the radon test.
The canisters are then sent to a lab for analysis. Results are typically available within 24 hours of the test completion. Weekends and holidays result in a longer wait time.
If a radon test is requested, it is beneficial if the test can be setup prior to the inspection so no time is wasted.
Call today to schedule your home inspection..........716-422-0404
What is Radon Gas?
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you're at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.
Should you have your home tested for Radon?
Testing is the only way to know your home's radon levels. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon. It typically takes years of exposure before any problems surface.
The US EPA, Surgeon General, American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and National Safety Councilrecommend testing your home for radon because testing is the only way to know your home's radon levels. There are no imediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon. It typically takes years of exposure before any problems surface.
Radon is a national environmental health problem. Elevated radon levels have been discovered in every state. The US EPA estimates that as many as 8 million homes throughout the country have elevated levels of radon. Current state surveys show that 1 home in 5 has elevated radon levels.
EPA link to Radon FAQs >> click here