Radon Testing

If you live in Minnesota, you have more than likely watched or heard ads created by the Minnesota Department of Health encouraging residents to test their homes for radon.  

What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless and odorless gas in the soil.  It is common throughout Minnesota.  Radon moves up through the soil and into the home.  If it enters the home, it can accumulate in the air that is breathed by the occupants.

Why should I be concerned about Radon?

When radon gas decays, the small radioactive particles can be inhaled and damage the lung.  Exposure to radon over a long period can lead to lung cancer.  In Minnesota, more than two in five homes have radon levels of a significant health risk.

The EPA estimates Radon causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the U.S.  It is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer deaths.

How can I find out if Radon is present in my home or in a home I want to purchase?

It is common for homebuyers to request a radon test of a home during the real estate transaction process.  Typically, the time allowed for a real estate transaction process is extremely limited.   Top to Bottom Home Inspections is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health and has specialized testing equipment that produces accurate measurements of concentration levels within the time-sensitive real estate transaction process.  

If the result of the radon test is at 4 pCi/L or higher, it is recommended that a radon mitigation system be installed to reduce the radon level.

For more information or to schedule a radon test, call (952) 807-8110 or email inspect@toptobottomhomeinspector.com .

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