By Alpine Home Inspections

Short-Term Active Continuous Monitor: Results are available in 3 working days.

Cost: $175 in addition to basic home inspection; $225 for Radon Test only.

If you requested that Alpine Home Inspections perform a radon test in the home you are thinking of purchasing, Alpine will have performed that test using an active short-term continuous monitoring device. The EPA recommends that the test device be placed in the lowest level of the home that could be used regularly, whether it is finished or unfinished.

Alpine will have conducted the test in any space that could be used by the buyer as a bedroom, play area, family room, den, exercise room, or workshop. Alpine does not test in a closet, stairway, hallway, crawl space or in an enclosed area of high humidity or high air velocity. An enclosed area may include a kitchen, bathroom, laundry room or furnace room. All radon tests should be taken for a minimum of 48 hours.

At the end of the 48 hours, the monitoring device will provide the average radon level in the home during that time period, for the inspector to provide to you. The EPA recommends that you take action to reduce your home’s indoor radon levels if your radon test result is 4 pCi/L or higher and the reading from Alpineā€™s test will be provided in these measurements.

Alpine Home Inspections recommends visiting the EPA and/or state websites to gain more information regarding radon remediation standards if the levels resulting from the test are 4 pCi/L or higher.

Explanation of Radon Inspection Results: What to expect from the results:

Since you cannot see or smell radon, special equipment is needed to detect it. Active radon testing devices require power to function. These include continuous radon monitors and continuous working level monitors. They continuously measure and record the amount of radon or its decay products in the air. All radon tests should be taken for a minimum of 48 hours. Based on their client’s intended use of the space, the qualified testing professional should identify the appropriate test location and inform their client.

The EPA recommends that you take action to reduce your home’s indoor radon levels if your radon test result is 4 pCi/L or higher and the readings from the monitor should be given in these measurements. Some states “regulate” or “qualify” providers of radon measurement and mitigation services by requiring registration, certification, or licensing; some issue identification cards. Your state can provide you with more information.

To date, the following states have some form of radon requirements for radon service providers (CA, DE, FL, IL, IN, IA, KY, ME, NE, NJ, PA,RI, VA and WV). Attached to this explanation is some additional information regarding radon to help inform you of what we can regarding radon testing and remediation, as well as additional sources for information.