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    Radon is rated as a human carcinogen by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and the Environmental Protections Agency (EPA). The greater your exposure to radon, especially if you smoke cigarettes, the greater your chance of getting lung cancer. It’s that simple.

    But exposure to high levels of radon is not an automatic lung cancer death sentence. There are no immediate symptoms of radon poisoning upon exposure, and the long-term possibility would be acquiring lung cancer symptoms, such as chest or rib pain, chronic cough, and fatigue.

    Just because there are no immediate symptoms or guarantee of getting lung cancer doesn’t mean that high levels of radon in your home should be ignored. The CDC estimates that 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year are caused by radon. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking.

   Not sure whether testing for radon is worth the cost? Read our blog post “How can not testing for radon be an expensive mistake for homebuyers?” before you decide.


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.
© McGarry and Madsen Inspection


Answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about radon:

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

  6. What’s my chance of getting a high radon reading in Gainesville?

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

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

  9. Do granite countertops emit radon?

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

  11. Does Florida have radon?

  12. Do I need to test for radon when buying a condominium?

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

  14. For how many years does an old radon test result remain valid?

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

  16. Where does radon come from?

  17. What is the average radon level of indoor and outdoor air in America?

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

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

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

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

  22. Do radon mitigation systems require maintenance?

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

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

  25. 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

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