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At Accurate Inspection Services, Inc., not only are we certified measurement providers, but we are also a certified analytical laboratory, providing these services to other home inspection firms as well as the general public. We do not, however, provide radon reduction or mitigation services. While there are some practitioners out there who provide both services, we feel that this is a potential conflict of interest situation, rather like the “fox guarding the hen house” scenario. For more information on radon mitigation, please refer to our Resource Center page.
Radon testing involves sampling the air in a property. Testing is available in two basic types, short term and long term. A short term test, the kind most frequently used in real estate transactions is a test which the air is sampled for at least 48 hours, but no more than 90 days. After 90 days, the test is now a long term test and usually requires different equipment.
What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless and radioactive gas which occurs in nature. Remember the periodic table of the elements from high school or college science classes? Radon is one of the elements, number 86 to be exact.
Radon has always been around, and has been an inspection issue since the late 1980s. Basically, long term exposure to radon has been linked to lung cancer. In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection agency, radon exposure is the number one cause of lung cancer in the U.S. among non-smokers.
However, radon testing on your property is relatively easy, as is reducing elevated levels of radon gas. Only a qualified professional measurement provider, one certified by the National Environmental Health Association should be retained to perform a radon test on your property.