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Old 05-28-2013, 06:49 AM
 
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Has anyone ever seen or suspected a conflict of interest pertaining to those who perform the radon tests in homes for sale and the possible installation of the radon ventilation system? Another words do those testers also install ventilation systems. The more I read about radon in homes the more I'm suspect such as no two tests measure the same, two houses feet apart measure different. The threshold is low compared to other nations. Granite countertops omit radon, the sun will kill you quicker, on and on it seems. Thanks for any replies.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:01 AM
 
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Home inspectors can do radon tests. They do not sell radon systems. You can also order a test kit yourself by mail from a laboratory, set up the test yourself and then send it back to the lab, who will analyze the test results for you.

Just do a little research and you should be able to mitigate the problem of having a testing service also be the installer.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:34 AM
 
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I did the radon test with my inspector. The radon came up to be 12. The radon mitigation company was not affiliated with the inspector. In fact, the builder hired them separately. The re-test was done with my inspector again and the levels were at 1.5-2.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:02 AM
 
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What willowwind said. There are very good reasons to expect different readings in neighboring houses. Most of us these days avoid excessive sun exposure and don't smoke. When I was buying a house in a radon-prone part of the country I tested and remediated because I want to live forever.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:26 AM
 
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What willowwind said. There are very good reasons to expect different readings in neighboring houses. Most of us these days avoid excessive sun exposure and don't smoke. When I was buying a house in a radon-prone part of the country I tested and remediated because I want to live forever.
Do you own granite countertops?
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:47 AM
 
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There are an unfortunate number of folks that do such tests that often do promote their own ability to install "radon mitigation" or recommend a friend / relative to do such things. RUN FROM THEM! The actual work involved is rarely particualrly involved and often the mark-up from these "recommended installers" is orders of magnitude higher than the street price of the components.

While folks that promote the hazards of radon will often quote statistics that state radon is the number two cause of lung cancer they rarely if ever state that essentially all cases of radon aggravated lung disease are in MINERS not home owners!

The systems can be installed very inexpensively and if done properly should have virtually no downsides.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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> Do you own granite countertops?

I had not heard of granite as an issue so I did a search

"EPA believes the principal source of radon in homes is from the soil in contact with basement floors and walls."

What about radon and radioactivity in granite countertops

There does appear to be some uncertainty however.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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> Do you own granite countertops?

I had not heard of granite as an issue so I did a search

"EPA believes the principal source of radon in homes is from the soil in contact with basement floors and walls."

What about radon and radioactivity in granite countertops

There does appear to be some uncertainty however.
No test needed------yet. Just don't stand too close to them.
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:34 PM
 
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Because granite is a natural material (rock) it can contain radon. There was a study made that found radon in granite counter tops. However, there was a talk that the study was funded by the people that make solid surface counter top material.

I have done radon testing since the early 90's. I have always held that it is a conflict of interest to do testing then install the mitigation system.
Radon levels go up and down during any given day, just like the temperature and humidity can change. Once you understand how radon works it is also easy to understand how one house can be high, and the house across the street, or even next door can be low. It's pretty simple science.

While mitigation systems appear to be very simple, there are many things that can go wrong if the person doing it does not understand what they are doing. I've tested many homes that had to have the systems re-done because the radon levels did not go down.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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If you want a Radon test to pass, just leave a few windows in the house open. Do it at night when no one can see.
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