Radon Testing & Treatment

HOW MUCH DOES TESTING COST?

Premium Home Inspections, LLC performs radon testing for a fee of $165.00. A testing device is left in the basement or crawlspace for a minimum of 48 hours. Once the test time has elapsed, the device is picked up and results are available very quickly, usually within one hour. A report is delivered to you indicating the radon levels at the time of the test.

If time is not an issue and you can wait a little longer for your test results, (7 to 10 days), another short-term testing option is offered for only $125.00.

What is radon and why should I test my home?

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. It is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and comes from the natural breakdown (radioactive decay) of uranium. It is usually found in igneous rock and soil, but is found in all types of soil and in some cases, well water may also be a source of radon.

You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at an even higher risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), nearly 1 in 3 homes checked had screening levels over 4 pCi/L, the EPA’s recommended action level for radon exposure. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The U.S. EPA and the Surgeon General’s Office have estimated that as many as 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused each year by radon. It is important to note that the action level is not a safe level, as there are no “safe” levels of radon gas.

A family whose home has radon levels of 4 pCi/l is exposed to approximately 35 times as much radiation as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would allow if that family was standing next to the fence of a radioactive waste site.

The primary routes of potential human exposure to radon are inhalation and ingestion. Radon in the ground, groundwater, or building materials enters living spaces. Although high concentrations of radon in groundwater may contribute to radon exposure through ingestion, the inhalation of radon released from water is usually more important.

Testing is the only way to know your home’s radon levels. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon. It typically takes years of exposure before any problems surface.

If your home has high concentrations of radon there are ways to reduce it to acceptable levels.

Radon Levels in Michigan

WHAT CAN I DO IF HIGH RADON LEVELS ARE FOUND?

Active soil depressurization (ASD) has proven to be a cost-effective and reliable technique for radon treatment/reduction, by collecting the radon from beneath the home before it can enter. The systems can be simple or complex, depending upon the structure of the home. Operating costs of the fans are minor, due to their low power consumption (typically less than 90 watts per fan).

The system draws the radon-laden soil gas from beneath the foundation and exhausts it outside of the home, far enough away from windows and other openings that it will not re-enter. The system typically consists of a plastic pipe connected to the soil through a hole in a slab floor, through a sump lid connection, or beneath a plastic sheet in a crawl space. Attached to the pipe is a quiet, continuously operating fan that discharges the radon outdoors.