Radon Testing at the time of a Real Estate Transaction
First a quick primer:
Radioactive Radon gas is a natural occuring phenomonaon present in most all soils, usually dispursting harmlessly into air.
This gas, however, can sometimes concentrate in basements.
These high concentrations can be breathed in and contribute to the devleopement of lung cancer.
The EPA has set a threshold level, above which the Radon gas needs to be pumped out of the house or "mitigated".
This mitigation process can cost between $1,500 to $2,500 to install. Once installed it will work tirelessly and quietly to rid your home of this gas.
Radon testing is done with finely calibrated machines that run for 48 hours, and give their rusults in pCi/L (pico curies per liter of air). This testing standard is what is accepted by the real estate industry.
If mitigation is called for, this period in the real estate transaction is the only time you have leverage to negotiate the cost of this fix with the seller.
PLEASE NOTE: as of Jan 1, 2019 the state has assumed oversite of all Radon Measurement and Mitigation professionals. Licensing, testing, auditing and continuing education are all now required by law. You can be assured that Diamonds In The Rough Home Inspections meets these requirements.
Minnesota MDH Radon Measurement Providers License No. RMEA-00068