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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.


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

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

  2. How can not testing for radon be an expensive mistake for homebuyers?

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

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

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

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

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

  8. Do granite countertops emit radon?

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

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

  11. What does a radon mitigation contractor do to lower the radon level in a home?

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

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

  14. Can stormy weather change the radon level in a house?

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

  16. What are the symptoms of radon poisoning?

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

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

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

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

  21. Where does radon come from?

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

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

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

    Damage to the suction pipes is another problem that can cause the mitigation system to stop functioning properly. “We have had service calls where other tradesmen working in the attic have damaged the pipes, or a roofing contractor removed the exhaust stack and did not put it back in place,” according to Tony Davenport of Radon Professionals, a radon mitigation contractor in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. “Then again, sometimes the only thing wrong with the system is that someone accidentally turned the power off to the fan.”


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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