Test Your Home for Radon! (My Personal Experience)

I am always very concerned when a home buyer declines having a radon test during their home inspection. I’m genuinely uneasy about the potential health repercussions of that decision. For me, I think it strikes particularly close to home for two reasons. One reason is that my wife’s grandmother, a non-smoker, passed away from lung cancer. Through that experience, we learned first-hand what an insidious disease lung cancer is. Secondly, about 15 years ago, my wife and I bought a home in St. Peters, MO. We hired a home inspector and even though radon testing wasn’t as common in those days, we asked for a radon test. Our home inspector had never performed one before, but he did comply with our request and purchased canister type testing devices to test the home. The radon gas detected by the test was at an acceptable level, and we purchased the house.

Several years later, when I started my home inspection business, I ran another radon test in my home with a continuous electronic radon monitor. We found out that our radon levels were 3 times the level at which the EPA recommends mitigation. Continue reading


Preparing Sellers for Their Radon Test

Hey Readers…

This post doesn’t come as a result of a direct question, but it’s something that you may find useful. I often have a difficult time getting in touch with sellers to properly prepare them for the radon test that their buyers have requested.

In order for the test to be performed to the proper EPA and NEHA-NRPP standards, certain protocols must be followed. Those include cooperation from the residents of the home.

You can access a downloadable pdf file, called Preparing Sellers for their Radon Test, by clicking on the link. You can also find it in the gray download box in the right sidebar (titled RadonPrep), along with other, free to download, pdf files.

Feel free to download any of these files and share them with others.