Radon is a radioactive gas you can’t see, smell, or taste. It comes from the natural decay of uranium and radium found in nearly all rocks and soils. Radon moves up from the ground into buildings through openings in floors or walls that are in contact with the ground. Radon can accumulate in buildings over time and may pose a health hazard. Any home or building can have high levels of radon, including new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
The test I perform is a short term test that lasts a minimum of 48 hours. I use a continuous radon monitor that continuously measures and records the amount of radon in the air and provides an immediate report which can reveal any unusual or abnormal swings in the radon level during the test period. I have included the link below to an EPA publication; A Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon, that should be able to answer any questions you may have about radon and testing during real estate transactions. I’ll have the machine with me when I do the inspection so you don’t have to decide now. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about radon, the test, or equipment I use.