Radon

Why should I ask for a radon test?

There is scientific proof that radon gas is a human lung carcinogen. Prolonged exposure to high levels of radon gas can cause lung cancer. Millions of homes and buildings contain high levels of radon gas.

As a means of prevention, the American Lung Association, National Cancer Institute, EPA and the Office of the Surgeon General recommend that all homes be tested for radon below the third floor. Because radon is invisible and odorless, a simple test is the only way to determine if a home has high radon levels. EPA recommends mitigating homes with high radon levels and there are straight-forward reduction techniques that will work in virtually any home.

Radon mitigation systems can cost up to $2,000. If you do not make a radon test part of the inspection contingency, the seller will not be responsible for installing a mitigation system.

Radon is estimated to cause thousands of deaths each year.

Where is radon?

Radon has been found in homes in every state. It can pollute any home, whether new construction or an existing home, home with a walkout basement, a crawl space or slab-on-grade. All homes are susceptible.

How does Alban test?

Alban uses the Radalink Radon TeleMonitor continuous radon testing device for short-term real estate transactions. The continuous radon testing system collects radon readings on an hourly basis, providing a data stream that supports precision and accuracy and reduces statistical variance. It is both tamper and movement proof. Upon completion of the test, Radalink faxes the complete, personalized test report to both Alban and the Realtor.

Long-term testing (defined as over 90 days) is available utilizing Alpha-track testers.

Is remediation difficult?

No, remediation is cost efficient and relatively easy to install by a professional contractor. Should the radon average for the 48-hour test period be in excess of 4.0 pico/Curries per liter, a vacuum fan system piped from the sub-slab airspace can be installed to reduce the gas pressures under the slab and thereby control the level of radon in the house. The cost is typically $800 to $1,500.

For more information visit these informational web sites:

http://www.aarst.org

http://www.epa.gov/radon