Source: Deseret News, The Radioactive Killer, by Sara Israelsen-Hartley, Jan, 29, 2020 SALT LAKE CITY…
If you are buying or selling a home in Utah, it is becoming common practice to test for radon. Whether you are the buyer or the seller. Because of the health risk that radon poses, any testing that is done should be done by licensed radon professionals. If you are testing a home you are living in and not selling, we have a protocol that allows you to set the test yourself and still receive certified results. However, if you are about to sell your home, or are looking to buy a home, there are different radon testing guidelines for real estate transactions.
Radon Testing Guidelines for Real Estate Transactions
Becuase real estate transaction can involve multiple parties and financial interests, there are special testing protocols developed. First and foremost, it is imperative that testing lasts long enough to get accurate results. This generally means 2-5 days and in closed-house conditions. That means all windows are closed throughout testing. Doors are closed except for normal entry and exit. And lastly that fans and other machines that move air in from the outside are not operating (excluding existing radon system fans).
There are two main kinds of testing done for real estate transactions. First is an active continuous monitor that records radon levels on an hourly basis. Second is two simultaneous short term tests, charcoal or e-perm, done at the same time. The average of the two tests is taken to get an accurate radon level. If results are right on the border line or if the two tests throw radically different numbers, re-testing may be advised. Whichever testing method is used, tests should be set in the lowest livable level of the home and SHOULD NOT be tampered with or moved to a different location. In many cases they are put in lock boxes that only the labs can open. This is to protect both parties involved in the real estate transaction.
Professional Radon Testing For Real Estate Transactions
There are many guidelines and specifics about where a test has to be set, but let the professionals handle it. When you contact us to schedule your radon test (whether buying or selling) we will take care of everything and ensure you get certified results. We work with real estate agents, sellers or buyers to ensure that the tests are set quickly and correctly. We even pick up the tests when complete and deliver them to the lab to be read. This is a FREE service offered when the home being sold is within 50 miles of Draper, Utah. Simply fill out the form on this page and make sure we know its a real estate transaction and we will get back to you quickly to get the process started. If you have questions or concerns, please call our radon experts at 801-871-0715.