Radon is a radioactive gas that develops from a natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. It affects the air you breathe and has been found in many homes all over the United States.
Common questions and answers for Radon Testing:
1. What does a radon test with AHI entail?
To perform a radon test, a testing machine is placed in the home for 48-52 hours. This test determines the level of radon in the home.
- Radon levels averaging 4.0 pCi/L or above are cause for a remediation* recommendation according to EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) standards.
- Radon levels averaging 3.9 pCi/L or below the EPA does not recommendation remediation.
*Remediation is the drawing of air from underneath the basement, slab or crawlspace, and venting it above the roofline. This typical cost or remediation is $800-$1100, depending on the home’s foundation and sidewalls. Crawlspace remediation may run considerably higher.
2. Who performs the radon testing?
AHI, in collaboration with a licensed radon specialist, performs the testing using high-quality machines for the maximum amount of time needed to obtain accurate levels.
Please note: we only test for radon levels and make recommendations. We do not remediate.
3. What is the benefit of radon testing?
Testing is the only way to know if you and/or your family are at risk from radon. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.
In January 2005, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a health advisory stating, “Indoor radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and can present a significant health risk to families all over the country.” For more information, visit www.EPA.gov.
4. When will I receive the results of radon testing?
The results are made available as soon as the testing is complete.
5. Does my lender require radon testing before purchasing the home?
Radon testing is not required.
6. How often are high levels of radon found in homes?
On average, 50% of the homes we have inspected report elevated levels of radon.