(Continuous Radon Monitoring Device)
Protect Your Home & Your Family with a Radon Test
Living in a home with high radon levels is dangerous for your family. In fact, the EPA estimates thousands of lung cancer deaths are caused by prolonged radon exposure each year.
Viewpoint Inspection is proud to offer Radon Testing as one of our home inspection services. Our inspectors are skilled professionals and we use top of the line equipment to get the most accurate radon measurements. Whether you’re buying or selling your home, radon testing is recommended for all homeowners. If your home has not been tested in the past, your family could be at risk.
What is Radon?
Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell or taste. It comes from uranium which is found in soil everywhere, but when the gas gets into your home it can accumulate in higher concentrations making it dangerous.
How does it get into your home? Radon is a gas so it can easily seep through pipes, cracks in your foundation, windows and flooring. Houses in the same neighborhood may have entirely different radon levels depending on a variety of factors so the only way to know if your home is safe is to have it tested.
How Much is Too Much?
The EPA recommends you have your home fixed if your radon level is above 4 picocuries per liter, or pCi/L, or higher. If your test results show high levels of radon there’s no need to panic – our professionals can help you find someone to reduce your radon levels so that your home is safe again or ready to put on the market.
Radon Testing – What to Expect
Our inspectors will perform a short-term radon test to let you know if your home is at risk. We use a continuous monitor testing device that stays in your home for approximately 5 days to collect an accurate radon measurement. The commonwealth of PA requires testing at the lowest level of the home, so that’s where we will place the testing device. If you’re planning to sell your home or looking to buy a home that hasn’t been tested yet for radon, a short-term test is the quickest way to get a radon measurement.
The results of a short-term test will indicate the average radon levels in your home during the test period, but because radon levels fluctuate we may recommend a long-term test. A long-term test lasts 90-365 days and is the most accurate way to determine your home’s year-round radon levels.
In order for your radon test to be effective, be sure to keep all windows and doors closed at all times (unless coming or going from the home) and keep your heating and air conditioning systems at their normal settings. Your Viewpoint inspector will provide you with additional testing guidelines to ensure that your test results are accurate.