We offer radon inspections for an additional $75 when part of a home inspection and $150 as a standalone service.
What is radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the decay of Uranium in the soil. It is drawn into the lower level of homes through cracks, floor drains, and the like because of pressure differential between the soil and the air in the home. After the radon gets in the home, it decays, releasing isotopes that attach to dust particles that can be breathed in. Once in the lungs, these particles decay further, releasing radioactivity into your lungs. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
Is our area at risk for radon?
There’s no safe level of radon, but the EPA recommends action be taken above 4.0 pC/L (picoCuries per Liter, a measurement of how much radon gas is present in the air). Some level of radon is normal and unavoidable with current technology. Lynchburg sits in a zone 2 (moderate potential) area for radon risk and some surrounding counties like Campbell and Appomattox sit in a zone 1 (high potential) zone.
However, even neighboring houses can have very different levels of radon, so the EPA recommends every homeowner test for radon. A homeowner can conduct a long-term test and follow-up tests on their own, but a real estate transaction requires a certified measurement professional. If high levels of radon are discovered, radon is actually not as expensive to mediate as you’d think--often around $1,000-$2,500 depending on the home.
What happens during a radon inspection?
We will do a visual inspection to identify areas of potential radon entry and then set up a device to measure radon and give hourly readings. We leave that device over 48 hours and then generate an average radon reading.