Radon Myth #9: Radon Tests Are Expensive

Radon Myth #9 says that “I would test for radon in my home, but radon tests are so expensive”, which is simply not true. A homeowner or a home buyer can go to your local hardware store and purchase a “long-term radon test” for under $20. These tests are involved, take many days, and are only as accurate as the homeowner is in filling out the information associated with each duration of the tests. These long-term tests also have to be mailed off to a radon laboratory before learning the status of radon in the home. In other words, it’s a long and involved process.

Metro Property Inspection’s radon tests are less involved and more reliably accurate due to the process being mechanized and the opportunity for human error being removed. We have machines that we place in the home for 48 hours, taking 48 readings in total (one each hour). At the end of the 48-hour test, our machines give us an average of the 48 readings taken. If the average reading of the home exceeds 4.0 pci/l, then we highly recommend the buyer or current homeowner mitigate their home by installing a radon mitigation system. If the average reading is 3.9 pci/l or less, then installing a mitigation system may not be required, but it will never not be encouraged. Metro Property Inspection’s radon tests only cost $99, and can be done without any work required on your end.

To learn more about radon’s health side-effects, visit the EPA’s website: https://www.epa.gov/radon/health-risk…

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