Independent Radon Testing

 Radon affects only certain kinds of homes.

EPA Fact:
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.

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Maryland Radon Map

MD EPA Radon Map
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EPA Brochures

citizen radon
A Citizen's Guide to Radon

home-buyer radon
A Home Buyer's Guide to Radon

consumer radon
A Guide to Radon Reduction

Radon Testing by Independent Home Inspection

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Independent Radon Testing

IAC2  Certified Radon Measurement Provider
Robert (Bob) Kenney
Cert. # IAC2-02-3334

Radon Testing

A complimentary service I can perform with your Home Inspection  for an additional fee. I follow recommended guidelines developed by the EPA specifically for Real Estate Transactions,  your results are available the day testing concludes (48 hour test) and will be available by your settlement date.

How does Radon get into a home?

The greatest concentration of radon  is usually found in the lowest level of homes or offices.  This is because radon is found in the soil and rocks beneath the foundation.  If you have dirt floors in the basement, cracks in the foundation, or openings from a sump pump hole or drain, radon is likely to build up more quickly and in higher concentrations.

radon gas
Air pressure is typically greater outside your home than in it.  This pressure differential means the lower pressure inside the house will act as a vacuum drawing radon gas through any cracks or openings in your foundation.

 Testing Method:

An airtight container with an electron cell having a measured charge is opened in the area to be sampled (usually the lowest level) and radon in the air over the testing period lowers the electron charge.

 An additional cell is placed no closer than 4 inches as a control sample.

 At the end of the sampling period (typically 48 hours), the electron cells are sealed and measured.  The difference in the beginning and ending  charge is calculated and indicates the radon exposure.  Results are the average of the two charged electron cells exposed during testing.

An acceptable level of radon is 4(pCi/L) or less.  If the average of your last test results were higher than 4(pCi/l) the EPA recommends that you take some action to reduce the radon level in your home or office.

* Results available the same day test completes.