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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.


More Blog Posts on Safety Subjects:

  1. What is radon? Should I be concerned about it in Gainesville?

  2. This house has been empty and closed-up for months. Will the radon test come back sky-high?

  3. Can a homebuyer do their own radon test for a real estate transaction with a self-test kit?

  4. How was it determined that between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year are caused by radon?

  5. How can I tell if a house has a radon mitigation system?

  6. What are the symptoms of radon poisoning?

  7. What is the danger of radon in well water?

  8. Can a mobile/manufactured home have a high radon problem?

  9. What is radon? Should I be concerned about it?

  10. Will opening the windows reduce the radon level in a house?

  11. What are a homebuyer’s options when the radon test comes back high (4.0 pico-curies/liter or more)?

  12. Should homeowners get a pre-listing radon test before selling their home?

  13. Is the electric panel big enough for this house?

  14. Why do you pay so much attention to electrical safety?

  15. Why does that wall plug have push-buttons in the middle?

  16. What do you look for when inspecting stairs?

  17. How do I remove cigarette odor in a house?

  18. What do you check when you inspect an electric garage door?

  19. Do you check the wall plugs?

  20. What are the warning signs of a dangerous attic pull-down ladder?

  21. Does Florida have radon?

  22. How long does it take to get the results of a radon test?

  23. Can the seller tamper with a homebuyer’s radon test to change the results?

  24. Can stormy weather change the radon in a house?

  25. Do older houses have higher radon levels than new houses?

  26. Do radon mitigation systems require maintenance?

  27. What is the operating cost of a radon mitigation system?

  28. Should I buy a house with a radon mitigation system?

  29. Is radon mitigation possible for a condominium?


Radon Testing

$160

in Metro Gainesville

48-hour test, results same
day of test completion

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$120

when done at same
time as  home inspection

  1. It’s important to know that radon originating in the soil beneath homes is a more common problem and a far larger public health risk than radon from granite building materials. Also, any radon from granite countertops in kitchens or bathrooms is likely to be diluted in the typical home since those rooms are usually well ventilated.

  2. In addition to radon, the other natural radioactive materials in the granite can emit radiation. However, it is extremely unlikely that granite countertops in homes could increase radiation doses above that the normal, natural background dose that comes from soil and rocks.

    For a more detailed analysis of the radon levels found in natural stone, we suggest clicking on the link below to download a white paper prepared by Environmental Health and Engineering for the Natural Stone Institute.

CountertopsRadon.pdf

   But the fact that stone countertops emit a negligible amount of radon does not mean that you don’t have a high radon level in your home caused by uranium and radium in the soil below your house. We recommend testing, and a home test kit is available at the big-box home improvement warehouses and most hardware stores for about $25.



While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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