Did you know:
- Radon gas is the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers
- Iowa is the #1 state for highest average radon levels…Nebraska is #3, per the EPA
- In 2007, 65% of radon tests submitted by home inspectors and the public in Douglas County returned high…70% in Sarpy County
- The EPA recommends mitigating if the radon level comes back at 4.0 pCi/l or higher
- A radon level of 4.0 pCi/l in your home is the equivalent of subjecting you or your family to 200 X-rays/year
- If you smoke and your house has high radon, you can multiply your chances of getting lung cancer by 10
- Radon mitigation systems cost approximately $800-$1,500
- Every home can be safe, all you need to do is test
If you are buying a brand new home, a radon test is a good idea, however it’s much more important to have your home inspected! Relying on the word from the Builder that everything is ok and that it’s been already inspected by the city or county simply means that the government inspector, who was on-site maybe 10-15 minutes, either didn’t find anything, or if they did find something, they red-tagged it, and the Builder fixed those couple of items. Our full home inspections take around 3-5 hours on-site. We are going a lot more in-depth than the City or County inspectors and looking at the entire house, not just a few items. To see proof of items we’ve found on new construction, click HERE. By the way, we’ve never seen a government inspector bring a ladder, so they are not going up on the roofs. There’s a lot more items people foolishly assume they inspect, but don’t.
- For our Buyer clients, always make sure your Purchase Agreement includes a radon test contingency.
- For our Seller clients, always figure the radon test will come out high…based on statistical data from the state.
- If you are a homeowner, our continuous monitors are much more accurate than the cheap charcoal test kits, plus we have the proper training to ensure the tests are adhered to EPA protocol.
- Radon migitation companies offering to conduct radon tests can’t be 100% objective. They have a vested interest in the tests returning high so they can land the jobs to install the mitigation systems. There are some unethical mitigation companies in Omaha low-balling the radon test so they can land the mitigation job. Once they get the job, they turn around and make up the loss by inflating their mitigation costs.
- If your home tests high, always make sure you get bids from state LICENSED mitigation companies.
- If your home tested high for radon and you’ve had a licensed radon mitigation company install a mitigation system, by state law, they are only required to leave behind a cheesy charcoal test kit. They don’t even have to test their system to prove that it works! As the homeowner, it’s in your best interest to make sure a post-test using a continuous monitor is included in the mitigation fee. DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO LEAVE BEHIND A CHARCOAL TEST KIT! Charcoal test kits are heavily weighted towards the last 4 hours of the test and are not accurate at all. They will not detect if the Seller has left the windows or doors open…(for example…if they are moving out.)
- It is in your best interest to make sure the post test is conducted by an unbiased 3rd party state licensed Radon Measurement Specialist. DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO CONDUCT THE RETEST!!! It is a conflict of interest. They are essentially testing their own system and they have a vested interest to have the results come back low.
- There are approximately 100 home inspectors in the Omaha Metro and many claim they can provide radon testing, but do not have a state license or proper training. What they do is sub-contract the work out to someone who does have a license and pad the fee. There is at least 1 company stating they can provide a radon test along with their inspections and all they do is give the buyer a charcoal test kit. They don’t have a license! Buyer beware!!!
If you would like to research factual information on radon gas, please go to AARST’s (American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists) website at www.aarst.org.