Radon Testing Boston IAC2 Radon Certification at Metro Boston Property Inspections Building Inspection

Metro Boston Property Inspections is fully certified by the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (IACC) for Radon Testing and the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists.

What is Radon? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that results from the decay of uranium found in trace amounts in soil, rock, and water. Radon is the main source of our exposure to all radiation. In fact, 55% of all radiation to which we are exposed comes from radon gas. Outdoor radon is not a threat. However, radon gas can enter homes or other buildings and can accumulate to dangerous levels. Because we spend so much time indoors, exposure to such levels of radon over a long time can pose a serious health risk.

You cannot see, smell or taste radon. The only way to know is to test. Any home can have a radon problem-new homes or old homes-well insulated homes or drafty homes-homes with or without basements.

FACT: THE US SURGEON GENERAL AND THE US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY HAVE DETERMINED RADON IS SECOND ONLY TO SMOKING AS A LEADING CAUSE OF LUNG CANCER.

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Ask any person at Metro Boston Home Inspections for more information about radon testing, Call us today (617) 202-3919.

For Home Buyers

At Metro Boston Property Inspections, we strive to make radon testing easy for everyone involved in the transaction. Whenever possible our office staff will schedule our certified radon technicians to set up the radon test 48-96 hours in advance of the home inspection. The test will then be retrieved at the time of the inspection and the results be ready right then. If it is not possible to set up 2 days in advance, we will schedule set up the test at the inspection and pick it up 2 days later and provide the results that day. Our E-Perm Canisters provide the timely results of a continuous radon monitor while providing the reliability of the double vial test and are a new way to ensure fewer delays getting to P&S.

For reliable test results, the following conditions must be followed

  • Closed-building conditions must be maintained for 12 hours prior to the initiation of the test and during the test. All windows on all levels and external doors must be kept closed (except for momentary events such as normal entry and exit) before and during the test period.
  • Heating and cooling systems must be set to normal occupied operating temperatures and their fan/blower controls must be set to normal intermittent activity unless the continuous activity is a permanent setting. Window air conditioning units must only be operated in a recirculating mode. Equipment that supplies fresh air to the dwelling must be deactivated except for make-up air to a combustion appliance.
  • Whole house fans must not be operated. Window fans should be removed or sealed shut. Wood burning fireplaces must not be operated unless they are the primary sources of heat for the dwelling. Avoid excessive operation of clothes dryers, range hoods, bathroom fans and other mechanical systems that draw air out of the building.

If the results are above 4.0 pCi/L EPA recommends the installation of a radon mitigation system.

For Homeowners

EPA recommends testing every 2-3 years. The only way a homeowner can tell if radon is present in elevated levels in the home is to test Homeowners can choose either short-term testing (less than 96 hours) or long-term testing (91 days or more). We provide the same time reporting for homeowners as we do for a real estate transaction.

If the homeowner chooses short-term testing, they must maintain the same conditions as those required in a real estate transaction.

If the results are above 4.0 pCi/L EPA recommends the installation of a radon mitigation system.

Short term testing

When performing a short-term test, we deploy 2 e-perm canisters on the lowest occupied level of the home (for real estate transactions it is the lowest level suitable for occupancy).  We leave the devices exposed for 48-96 hours. We take the final reading when we pick up the devices and can provide the results at that time.

For reliable test results, the following conditions must be followed

  • Closed-building conditions must be maintained for 12 hours prior to the initiation of the test and during the test. All windows on all levels and external doors must be kept closed (except for momentary events such as normal entry and exit) before and during the test period.
  • Heating and cooling systems must be set to normal occupied operating temperatures and their fan/blower controls must be set to normal intermittent activity unless the continuous activity is a permanent setting. Window air conditioning units must only be operated in a recirculating mode. Equipment that supplies fresh air to the dwelling must be deactivated except for make-up air to a combustion appliance.
  • Whole house fans must not be operated. Window fans should be removed or sealed shut. Wood burning fireplaces must not be operated unless they are the primary sources of heat for the dwelling. Avoid excessive operation of clothes dryers, range hoods, bathroom fans, and other mechanical systems that draw air out of the building.

If the results are above 4.0 pCi/L EPA recommends the installation of a radon mitigation system.

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Ask any person at Metro Boston Home Inspections for more information about radon testing, Call us today (617) 202-3919.

Long term testing

We can perform long-testing using either e-perm canisters or alpha track devices. Long term testing lasts from 91 to 365 days. Long-term testing provides the best picture of the overall radon levels in the home. Long-term testing does not require closed-house conditions and you are able to live in your home as you would at any other time.

If the results are above 4.0 pCi/L EPA recommends the installation of a radon mitigation system

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Ask any person at Metro Boston Home Inspections for more information about radon testing, Call us today (617) 202-3919.

NOTE: THE US EPA RECOMMENDS THAT YOU FIX YOUR HOME IF THE INDOOR RADON LEVEL IS 4.0 pCi/L OR HIGHER…How high are your Radon level?

Let’s Clean Up The Myths About Radon Gas

Myth #1: Only Basement Homes Have Radon
Truth: All Homes No Matter Whether Crawl Space, Finished or Unfinished Basement Or Slab Can Have Radon Gas Problems
Basement Homes Are More Likely Because They Set Closer To The Bedrock

Myth #2: Its Expensive To Have A Radon Gas Problem Fixed!
Truth: For about $800-$1200 A Radon Mitigation System Can Be Installed
Radon Gas Is A Lazy Gas And Can Be Vented Out Of The Home

Myth #3: None Of My Neighbors Have Radon Gas So I Don’t Either!
Truth: Whether Or Not Your Neighbor Has Radon Has No Effect On Whether You Do Or Not
Uranium Decays In The Ground Under The Home And Puts Off An Odorless Gas called Radon

Myth #4: Radon Gas Testing Levels Are Always The Same In The 48 Hour Testing
Truth: Radon Gas Levels In The Home Fluctuate Due To The Laziness Of The Gas
High Wind, Rain or Snow Can Drive Radon Back In The Ground Causing Higher Level In The Home

Myth #5: Massachusetts Is Not At Risk For Radon Gas
Truth: All Of Massachusetts Is In The Moderate To Hot Zone For Radon Gas
Have Your Client Order A Radon Gas Test Today And Protect Their Family From The Dangers Of Radon Gas

Myth # 6: Our home is now we can’t have radon Gas!
Truth: Old homes, new homes, drafty homes, and well-sealed homes all can have radon.
Testing Is The Only Way To Know If Your Home Has A Radon Concern

FACT: THE US SURGEON GENERAL AND THE US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY HAVE DETERMINED RADON IS SECOND ONLY TO SMOKING AS A LEADING CAUSE OF LUNG CANCER.

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