(Closed) Radon Test Kit

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We just discussed radon tests with our realtor last week.  Apparently most home kits don’t really tell you much–they can pick up some radon but not necessarily distinguish between dangerous levels.  I’d recommend finding out more about the area you live in–some places are hot spots, and others have a pretty low occurrence of radon.  

Think about if you will be spending time in the basement–if you have a bedroom below ground, it may be worth the investment.  It’s also worth considering the price difference between a good test and how much it would cost to reduce the radon levels.  In the DC area, a good test costs about $300, but for $500 you could just put in a fix. 

I think if you’re prepared to pay for the radon fix, and are particularly concerned or will be below ground a lot, it may be worth your while to just pay for the fix rather than pay for a professional test.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

If there isn’t a basement, I think you don’t need to sweat it.  Or at least, that’s what our realtor told us.  I don’t even think it would be worth DIYing at a later date. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

we bought a kit for ten bucks at the local hardware store and sent it in for testing ($20)!

 

we didn’t want to pay the inspector an extra 200 just for that test 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’d say if you don’t have a basement then don’t worry about it. Even though radon does leak into FIL’s basement, they just keep the 2 windows down there cracked and it’s completely safe. Most of the time the leaks come from improperly sealed basements or older houses with basements that were built before they considered radon to be dangerous.

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