Phone: (612) 817-0040
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Radon Testing Home Inspection Near Woodbury, MN

The EPA recommends that you test your house for radon every two years even if the house is equipped with a radon reduction system.

Yes, radon is a very real problem. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the US after smoking. The good news is that your house can be fixed.

What is Radon?

Radon is naturally occurring radioactive gas that is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Air pressure inside your home is usually lower than the pressure in the soil around your home’s foundation. Because of this difference in pressure, your house acts like a vacuum, drawing radon in through foundation cracks and other openings. Your home then traps the radon inside, where it can build up. Any home can have a radon problem. This means old or new, well sealed or drafty, and with or without basements.

Why Should You Fix Your Home

Yes, you may have been living in a high radon environment for a long time but just like smoking tobacco the sooner you stop the better. Radon, like smoking, shows it effects over a period of many years. If you quit living in a high radon environment you reduce your risk of lung cancer. If you don’t want to fix your home for yourself, do it for the children. The US Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you fix your home if your radon level is 4.0 pCi/L (Pico Curies) or higher.

Fast Accurate Results

The short term radon test must remain in the home for a minimum period of 48 hours. The ion chambers are then returned to our office and analyzed. Your results will be available the same day that the ion chambers are retrieved from your home. When testing is performed for Real Estate transactions, fast accurate results are required to avoid delays in the sales process. All other passive radon measurement devices must be shipped to a lab, often half way across the country, to be analyzed. This means that everything stops on weekends and holidays and it isn’t unusual for 3 to 4 days to go by waiting for a result.

We perform all of our radon testing following the EPA’s protocol for Real Estate Transactions. Two monitors are deployed at the same time and the results are compared and averaged to calculate the radon level of your home. For more information on how to reduce your radon health risk, call your state radon office for copies of these guides.

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Preferred Home Inspections MN
16151 5th Street North
Lakeland, MN 55043
Phone: (612) 817-0040
kregg@minnesotainspector.com

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