Radon Tests

I am Certified by the “International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants” to provide Radon Gas Tests.   I have been trained in the proper placement of the test equipment and work with  local lab to quickly and accurately measure the radon level in your home or commercial structure.  Radon test  can be scheduled individually or can be associated with a Home Inspection(I discount the Radon Test when scheduled with a Home Inspection.

What is a Radon Gas?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas that has been found in homes, schools, and buildings around the world. Radon  comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil and rock and moves up into the indoor air that people breathe. It can also seep into ground water and remain trapped there. Therefore, if a home is supplied with water taken from a groundwater source (such as a well), there is greater potential for a radon problem. Radon mitigation systems is  a proven method to reduce radon levels in homes and buildings.  The Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. The only way to know if a home has a radon problem is to test it.

See the Surgeon General’s Health Advisory on Radon.

What does a Radon Test Entail?

Closed-house conditions must be to be maintained 12 hours prior to the test.  This test period will be 48 hours + and  must be made under closed-building conditions. Closed-building conditions are necessary in order to stabilize the radon and radon decay product concentrations, and increase the reproducibility of the measurement. Windows on all levels and external doors should be kept closed (except during normal entry and exit) during the measurement period. Normal entry and exit include a brief opening and closing of a door, but — to the extent possible — external doors should not be left open for more than a few minutes. In addition, external-internal air-exchange systems (other than a furnace), such as high-volume, whole-house and window fans, should not be operating. However, attic fans intended to control attic (and not whole-building temperature or humidity) should continue to operate.  Contact me if you have any questions about a radon test.

I utilize the UCCS Radon Measurements Lab for fast results  and deploy Activated Charcoal Absorption canisters for sampling the radon.  There will be two of these canisters attached to a tripod for a real estate transaction.