Radon Testing

Radon Testing

Testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. If you find that you have high radon levels, there are ways to fix a radon problem. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels. Radon has been found in homes all over the United States. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Radon can also enter your home through well water. Your home can trap radon inside.

Any home can have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest radiation exposure at home. That is where you spend most of your time. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level. Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in one out of four homes in SW Floirda.

In real estate transactions the EPA recommends any radon reading of 4.0 pCi/L should be mitigated. In general the EPA advises considering mitigation at any reading of 2.0 pCi/L or higher.

EPA’s Radon Testing Check List:

Notify the occupants of the importance of proper testing conditions. Give the occupants written instructions or a copy of this Guide and explain the directions carefully.
Conduct the radon test for a minimum of 46 hours; some test devices have a minimum exposure time greater than 46 hours.
When doing a short-term test ranging from 2-4 days, it is important to maintain closed-house conditions for at least 12 hours before the beginning of the test and during the entire test period.
When doing a short-term test ranging from 4-7 days, EPA recommends that closed-house conditions be maintained.
If you hire someone to do the test, hire only a qualified individual.  Some states issue photo identification (ID) cards; ask to see it.  The tester’s ID number, if available, should be included or noted in the test report.
The test should include method(s) to prevent or detect interference with testing conditions or with the testing device itself.
If the house has an active radon-reduction system, make sure the vent fan is operating properly.  If the fan is not operating properly, have it (or ask to have it) repaired and then test.

If your home has not yet been tested for Radon have a test taken as soon as possible. If you can, test your home before putting it on the market. You should test in the lowest level of the home which is suitable for occupancy. This means testing in the lowest level that you currently live in or a lower level not currently used, but which a buyer could use for living space without renovations.

The radon test result is important information about your home’s radon level. Some states require radon measurement testers to follow a specific testing protocol. If you do the test yourself, you should carefully follow the testing protocol for your area or EPA’s Radon Testing Checklist. If you hire a contractor to test your residence, protect yourself by hiring a qualified individual or company.

Florida requires radon professionals to be certified.

If you are thinking of selling your home and you have already tested your home for radon, review the Radon Testing Checklist to make sure that the test was done correctly. If so, provide your test results to the buyer.

No matter what kind of test you took, a potential buyer may ask for a new test especially if:

The Radon Testing Checklist items were not met;
The last test is not recent, e.g., within two years;
You have renovated or altered your home since you tested; or
The buyer plans to live in a lower level of the house than was tested, such as a basement suitable for occupancy but not currently lived in.

A buyer may also ask for a new test if your state or local government requires disclosure of radon information to buyers.

Radon Myths and Facts

MYTH: Scientists are not sure that radon really is a problem.

FACT: Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths due to radon, all the major health organizations (like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Lung Association and the American Medical Association) agree with estimates that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year. This is especially true among smokers, since the risk to smokers is much greater than to non-smokers.

MYTH: Radon testing is difficult, time-consuming and expensive.

FACT: Radon testing is easy and inexpensive.

MYTH: Radon testing devices are not reliable and are difficult to find.

FACT: Reliable testing devices are available from qualified radon testers and companies.

MYTH: Homes with radon problems can’t be fixed.

FACT: There are simple solutions to radon problems in homes. Hundreds of thousands of homeowners have already fixed radon problems in their homes. Radon levels can be readily lowered for $1,800 to $5,000 for a basic system. More sophisticated systems will run from $5,000 to $15,000.

MYTH: Radon affects only certain kinds of homes.

FACT: House construction can affect radon levels. However, radon can be a problem in homes of all types: old homes, new homes, drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements, and homes without basements. Local geology, construction materials, and how the home was built are among the factors that can affect radon levels in homes.

MYTH: Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country.

FACT: High radon levels have been found in every state. Radon problems do vary from area to area, but the only way to know your radon level is to test.

MYTH: A neighbor’s test result is a good indication of whether your home has a problem.

FACT: It’s not. Radon levels can vary greatly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.

MYTH: It’s difficult to sell homes where radon problems have been discovered.

FACT: Where radon problems have been fixed, home sales have not been blocked or frustrated. The added protection is some times a good selling point.

MYTH: I’ve lived in my home for so long, it doesn’t make sense to take action now.

FACT: You will reduce your risk of lung cancer when you reduce radon levels, even if you’ve lived with a radon problem for a long time.

MYTH: Short-term tests can’t be used for making a decision about whether to fix your home.

FACT: A short-term test, followed by a second short-term test* can be used to decide whether to fix your home. However, the closer the average of your two short-term tests is to 4 pCi/L, the less certain you can be about whether your year-round average is above or below that level. Keep in mind that radon levels below 4 pCi/L still pose some risk. Radon levels can be reduced in most homes to 2 pCi/L or below.

For more information go to http://www.epa.gov/radon 

 

Radon Testingtestimonials

Absolute professional demeanor and results. Len is extremely thorough, informative, and courteous. His report shed extremely important light on property condition! Many thanks, Len

G.M. |

Len – Great and thorough inspection as usual. We appreciate the quick response to our request to inspect.Thanks Again,Bob SansonePremier Sotheby’s International Realty

B.S. |

I was very impressed and pleased with the quality of work and professionalism Len displayed throughout our inspection process. He was thoughtful and courteous and respectful of the occupants of the home and their belongings. He seemed thorough and yet remained as an impartial third party. He offered helpful and appropriate suggestions. He delivered exactly as his website promised.

T.S. |

I was very impressed and pleased with the quality of work and professionalism Len displayed throughout our inspection process. He was thoughtful and courteous and respectful of the occupants of the home and their belongings. He seemed thorough and yet remained as an impartial third party. He offered helpful and appropriate suggestions. He delivered exactly as his website promised.

T.S. |

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S.G. |

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L.W. |

My suggestion – don’t change a thing! You did an EXCELLENT JOB again. Thorough inspection, perfect explanation to my nervous client and you even went the extra step to hook up her washer and dryer. Thank you, you made my sale much easier.

L.W. |

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K.R. |

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N.C. |

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D.D. |

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M.S. |

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M.C. |

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D.F. |

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L.M. |

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C.R. |

Thank you and your team for the professional manner in which you handled this inspection. As a retired Fire Marshal and code enforcement inspector, I appreciate your thorough work.Feel free to use me as a reference if you want to. James S. Hannah

J.H. |

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S.B. |

Len does what he says he’ll do when he says he’ll do it….and he does it well. That is refreshing in today’s business world.L. Nelson, Realtor

L.N. |

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W.M. |

The Residential Lifestyle Solution, was developed by 41 West as a unique process to create an ultimate client experience in the design and building of custom homes and condo remodeling in Naples, Bonita, and Marco Island, Florida. It is essential that all of our vendors match the 41 West level of quality, craftsmanship, and service. Inspections by Len Gluckstal insure that every member of the 41 West Team exceeds our clients expectations.

B.B. |

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C.B. |

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P.D. |

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J.S. |

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K.D. |

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K.M. |

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I.G. |

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BJBarone |

The Residential Lifestyle Solution, was developed by 41 West as a unique process to create an ultimate client experience in the design and building of custom homes and condo remodeling in Naples, Bonita, and Marco Island, Florida. It is essential that all of our vendors match the 41 West level of quality, craftsmanship, and service. Inspections by Len Gluckstal insure that every member of the 41 West Team exceeds our clients expectations.

BJBarone |

I enjoyed talking to you last week. When we met at the Herrin trial we were not able to talk. I appreciate you work and we will continue to suggest you to our purchasers. Thank you Summit Capital Management Corp. Edward Olah

EdwardOlah790 |

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WalterMyalls427 |

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PatrickDavis965 |

Len does what he says he’ll do when he says he’ll do it….and he does it well. That is refreshing in today’s business world. L. Nelson, Realtor

LauraNelson913 |

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SeritaBryant821 |

I have no problem referring Len to my clients. I am very happy with the quality of his work and service. I just wish there was a way to get this level of quality and service at a lower price. I know that a person has to make money when you are in business. But, as a Realtor, I do not make money until a transaction occurs. If a deal falls through on a home purchaser, you may want to consider offering a discount to that same customer if they have to purchase another house and require the same type of inspection services on their next attempt to purchase.
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CharlieMessina361 |

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LeighaEdin781 |

Thank you and your team for the professional manner in which you handled this inspection. As a retired Fire Marshal and code enforcement inspector, I appreciate your thorough work.Feel free to use me as a reference if you want to. James S. Hannah

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