Radon Testing
Radon gas is second only to smoking as a cause of lung cancer. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is emitted from the earth and found nearly everywhere in the United States. Radon is a particular issue in the Rocky Mountains where we see a higher level of radon concentrations than elsewhere in the country.

Radon testing is advised by the EPA during all home transactions. Elevated levels of the gas can be found in any type of foundation. In fact radon gas is present indoor or out, but concentrates in the tighter constructed homes being built in the last 50 years. Testing by a trained and certified individual is necessary. There are protocols that are provided by the EPA and the National Environmental Health Association’s National Radon Proficiency Program.

Proper testing in a real estate transaction requires the home be tested during “winter living conditions” where the windows and doors are closed for 12-hours prior to the testing and that the home remains closed (except for normal entry and exit) during the 48-hour testing period. This may be inconvenient, but it is the only possible method to provide a valid test.

Mountain Home Inspection utilizes the Rad Elec E-perm testing system. This is a highly reliable testing system. It was selected by the EPA when national testing was conducted. This test is completely passive and poses no concern to occupants in the home. Of course, Mountain Home Inspection will not perform any mitigation and is completely objective when performing these tests.

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