Radon Testing Services

Radon Testing Greensboro

Radon Certification:
We have our Residential Measurement Provider certification through the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP). This certification qualifies Gate City Home Inspections to place, retrieve, and analyze the results of radon measurements using a continuous radon monitor. This certification ensures quality control standards as outlined by the EPA are being met to produce valid and accurate results.

How We Test for Radon:
Gate City Home Inspections uses continuous radon monitors to measure indoor radon concentrations in air. These devices allow us to quickly and accurately perform a short-term test for only 48 hours with minimal disruption to the homeowner. The results are available immediately after the conclusion of a test and typically sent to the client the same day.

Facts About Radon

What is Radon?
Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It is colorless, odorless and tasteless and can be found all across the United States.

How does it get into my home?
Radon typically moves through the ground to the air above and enters the home through cracks and other holes in the foundation or through well water. All homes have radon in the air. It becomes dangerous when those levels become elevated. You cannot predict radon levels based on state, local or neighborhood measurements. Testing for radon is the only way to determine the level in your home. Nearly one out of every fifteen homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level (4pCi/L or more).

What are the health effects of radon exposure?
The Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. The Agency now estimates that there are about 21,000 annual radon-related lung cancer deaths.

What do the radon test results mean?
The EPA has set the action level at 4 pCi/L (picocuries of radon per liter of air). If the average result of a short-term test(s) is equal to or greater than 4 pCi/L the EPA recommends fixing the home. The average indoor radon level is estimated to be about 1.3 pCi/L; roughly 0.4 pCi/L of radon is normally found in the outside air. However, EPA believes that any radon exposure carries some risk; no level of radon is safe. The U.S. Congress has set a long-term goal that indoor radon levels be no more than outdoor levels. While this goal is not yet technologically achievable for all homes, radon levels in many homes can be reduced to 2 pCi/L or less.

How much will it cost to fix my home if found to have elevated levels of radon?
The cost of making repairs to reduce radon levels depends on how your home was built and other factors. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs, like painting or having a new water heater installed. The average cost for a mitigation contractor to lower radon levels in a home can range from $800 to $2,500.

Additional resources
For more detailed and comprehensive information, please visit the following web pages:

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/radon/index.html
EPA’s main radon page. Includes links to the NAS radon report, radon-resistant new construction, the map of radon zones, radon publications, hotlines, and more.

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/whereyoulive.html
Provides detailed information on contacting your state’s radon office, including links to some state web sites. State indoor air quality contacts are also included.

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/radon/pubs/index.html
Offers the full text version of EPA’s most popular radon publications, including the Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon, the Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction, and the Model Standards and Techniques for Control of Radon in New Residential Buildings, and others.