Providing radon testing to keep Kansas City area homeowners safe.
According to statistics, Kansas and Missouri are two states with the highest radon levels. Any home can have a radon problem – old and new homes, drafty and well-sealed homes, and homes without basements can all have radon gas present. You can take certain steps to control and reduce the amount of radon in your house. Radon testing is the only way to know whether a structure has high levels of radon and our inspectors are here to help!
A radon test is only available with a home inspection.
For radon testing, we work with a trusted radon service partner.
We don’t personally do the radon testing, instead we work with another local Kansas City company that specializes in specifically just this.
Radon detection and testing process
The radon technician uses continuous monitors that are AARST/NRPP certified. The radon testing devices and detectors are placed in the lowest habitable area of the home, and it takes hour-by-hour measurements of radon gas in the house. This monitor has a built-in anti-tampering device and should not be touched. 12 hours before the radon machine starts and during the machine’s testing period, keep all windows and doors closed. However, normal living conditions can continue during the test. You’ll be provided with the results after the testing is completed.
Our radon partner is committed to providing the quickest and most accurate radon testing services. They provide instant results after the test is completed, unlike some inspectors who use passive sample canisters that need to be sent to the lab for testing. In contrast, other inspectors’ testing method can take up to ten days to give the results.
When to conduct a radon test
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises that all homeowners should test their homes to detect any radon contamination.
Are you planning to purchase a house? Insist on having radon testing as part of the home inspection process before you purchase your new home. Additionally, the EPA recommends that you test your house if you are planning to sell it.
Your home is more susceptible to radon if:
- You reside in a region with high radon rates (which the Kansas City area has)
- Your home is old with dirt floors in the basement or has exposed crawl spaces
- The foundation of your house is damaged
- Your home has construction gaps
- Your groundwater is contaminated with radon
What is radon?
Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas that naturally occurs when uranium breaks down over time. It’s released as a byproduct when radioactive elements like uranium and thorium decay. Breathing radon over time can be dangerous to humans as it is a radioactive element and can cause lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US.
Most of the exposure to radon gas occurs indoors. The radon gas gets trapped indoors after it enters the structure through cracks, gaps, and other holes present in the foundation. People can be exposed to radon from simply breathing air when radon gas is present.
Any home can have a radon problem. Old and new homes, drafty and well-sealed homes, homes without basements can all have radon gas present. According to statistics, Kansas and Missouri are two states with the high Radon levels. As mentioned before, it can be a serious health hazard to you and your loved ones. However, tiny amounts of radon gas that we breathe in daily do not pose a major health risk.
You can take certain steps to control and reduce the amount of radon in your house. Radon testing is the only way to know whether a structure has high levels of radon.