Should I Test for Radon?

Did you know that the EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month?

Testing for radon in the Twin Cities metro has become a lot more popular. Just a few years ago I barely had one request a month for a radon test. Last year, I conducted radon tests on nearly have of my inspections. And it’s trending upwards from there already this year.

Of all the homes I tested for radon last year, 42% came back with higher than recommended levels. The EPA recommends when the radon levels in your home are over 4.0, a mitigation system should be installed. Typically in the metro area this will run you roughly $1200-$1500 to have a system installed.

So what’s the big deal? Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that you likely have some levels of in your home. Long term exposure to unsafe levels of radon can potentially lead to lung cancer (they say it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer). The only way to know what the levels are in your home are to test for it. There are home testing kits you can find are your local hardware store (just follow the instructions) or you can contact a home inspector or radon professional for testing options.

The EPA has put together a wonderful guide for homeowners with lots more information about radon. Check it out:

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About Jon Errickson

A home inspector in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area.
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