DID YOU KNOW? The alpha radiation emitted by radon is the same alpha radiation emitted by other alpha generating radiation sources such as plutonium.
Please keep in mind the timeframe (48-hour testing period) when scheduling, as well as the "closed-house" requirements. We understand that everyone’s timeline is different, so we have the options of starting tests several days a week. Although it is not ideal, we do often conduct last-minute radon testing.
We only use digital monitors, which automatically calculate the test results. Because we are not a laboratory, we have no way of altering the test results in anyone's favor. (In fact, many builders are now requiring that radon tests be conducted with such digital/electronic monitors.)
More and more home buyers are testing for radon before they purchase a home. Not only does testing give you, as the buyer, more certainty about the health risks of radon it can limit your future liability as a homeowner.
When purchasing a home, be sure to ask if the home has any radon-resistant construction features and/or if the home has been tested for radon. Keep in mind that is fairly easy and relatively inexpensive to test for radon and to reduce radon levels if necessary. In a real estate transaction, the home buyers generally pay to have a radon test conducted in the house they're purchasing. Depending on the test results, buyers can either have the home mitigated or they can take no action and accept the health risks.
As a seller, you may want to consider testing your home for radon before you put it on the market. If the results are high enough that they may pose a problem to a future buyer, you could go ahead and correct the issue. This way, there won't be any radon-related surprises during the due diligence period that could delay the closing or cause the buyer to walk away out of fear or uncertainty. In fact, a properly-conducted, 3rd-party radon test could be used as a selling point for the home and ease the due diligence process. Whether the radon levels are low naturally or due to the active mitigation system, the buyer should feel more confident and comfortable about their potential radon exposure.
When the indoor radon levels are 4.0 pCi/L (the EPA legal limit for radon) or higher, the seller generally absorbs the cost of installing a radon mitigation system. If the home has a radon mitigation system in place, ask for the most recent post-mitigation radon test results. If the home has not been tested recently, be sure to have a radon test conducted to confirm that the system is working properly. If you are in the market, there is no reason not to buy a home with elevated levels of radon if it meets many or all of your other criteria. All radon problems can be fixed, and typical radon reduction systems cost almost the same as other home repairs.
Zone 1 Counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) (red zones) Highest PotentiaL
Zone 2 Counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (orange zones) Moderate Potential
Zone 3 Counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (yellow zones) Low Potential
Big Pines Home & Property Services LLC is a Veteran owned, licensed, insured and certified home inspection company providing Residential Home inspections for the Eastern North Carolina Area including: Pitt, Wilson, Greene, Beaufort, Craven, Lenoir, Martin and Edge Combe counties.
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