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Finding Certified Radon Professionals

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When researching for potential radon measurement specialists to perform a radon test on your home of workplace, or for mitigation contractors to install a radon mitigation system, where should you begin? Roughly 30 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified individuals who had gone through specific training and courses on radon and listed them as “EPA RPP Certified” radon professionals. Several years later the EPA decided to eliminate their national certification program and direct individual states to create radon programs that would mandate who could test and/or mitigate for radon. Regrettably many states currently do not have a radon program or certifying body to inform residents who can perform a radon testing or radon mitigation within their state. A quick search online of your state and/or their health department radon program will let you know if your state has any radon certification program.

However, we want to focus on the states that currently do not manage a state radon program. How can residents in these states find professional and knowledgeable companies? What are the different certifications? Where can I find someone to test/mitigate my home?

Two major national certification programs fulfill this need.  They are are the National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) and the AARST National Radon Proficiency Program (AARST NRPP). Both of these organizations certify radon measurement specialists and mitigation contractors and/or radon laboratories and testing devices. On either of these websites you can search for professionals by state and filter by city or zip code to find certified individuals near your home that offer radon services.

A few things to remember:

  • Being on or not being on either of these lists does not speak to the quality of a individuals work. Many un-certified testers and contractors have been doing exceptional work for years and can be considered experts at their trade. These lists simply state that they have taken courses, utilize proven standards, and continue to evolve with the changing landscape of radon protocols, procedures, and best practices.
  • Even non-certified testers have to use certified devices. If you truly want a certified tester to perform your radon test, be sure that the individual has been certified and not just the device they utilize.
  • Both of these sites have the most up to date information available for their respective certifications. With testers and contractors constantly being added to the list and certifications expiring, certifications should always be confirmed. Neither certification org is permanent,. they require continuing education credits to maintain certification, and renewals.  Just because someone was certified, does mean they still are.  Its always best to confirm.

Quick Test Comparison

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What kind of radon test do I need?

Choosing the right test for your home requires a little basic knowledge. Why you are performing the test and how long you want to test are important factors to be considered. Shorter tests offer a quicker result while longer tests are more accurate and reliable, and sometimes a combination of the two is your best option.

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Radon Testing for Renters

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Addressing radon gas in real estate transactions has become quite common.  In fact, most states require the disclosure of elevated radon levels during the transaction, as radon is recognized as a health risk.  Tests are usually performed, and sellers will take corrective action to fix a high radon level.

But what of the risk to renters?  Are rental homes somehow impervious to the entry of deadly radon gas?

The reality is the carcinogenic radon gas emanating into the home from decomposing uranium in the soil underneath it shows no discretion to whether the occupants own the property or rent it.  The homes of renters are just as at risk as those of owners, yet renters rarely have protections in place as buyers do.  Currently only 4 states require a landlord to even disclose to a renter if there are known high radon levels in the home for rent, let alone do anything about it.  In the recent case of a Nebraska renter, multiple high radon levels were reported to the landlord, and the renter could not force the landlord to take corrective action.

So what to do?  Take the initiative.  Ask about radon levels when negotiating your lease or renewal. Has the property been tested for radon?  If yes, when?  What were the results?  If no, or not for several years, decide who is going to test the property for radon now, and what will be done if elevated levels are found.

Radon is too dangerous to ignore, regardless of whether you own or rent your home.  Test your home for radon today.

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10 Day Radon Tests with Rapidos

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One of the most asked questions is how does Radonova’s Rapidos® alpha track detector compare to other traditional short-term radon tests. While there are numerous differences such as materials used, collection methods, environmental vulnerabilities, one HUGE difference is the reliability of the result you are getting.

Radon can fluctuate significantly during the measurement period. Typically, short-term radon tests are performed for 48 hours. In this short period you run the risk of performing the test during a peak or valley in radon levels which can produce false high or low results. With the 10+ day exposure period capability of the Rapidos® your measurement will have a far better sampling and a true integrated average that is more representative of your actual radon level. This can help eliminate potentially mitigating for radon when false high levels are reported, or worse – not fixing, and living with dangerously high radon levels because a false low was reported.

The Rapidos® is the ideal short term measurement device; efficient, accurate, and easy to use.