How the Plan Works
Step 1 Shortly after closing, HBP issues to the buyer the Radon Protection Plan Service agreement, the home radon test kit which includes the Radtrak3® alpha track radon gas detector, a postage-paid return mailer and our easy-to-follow instructions. The buyer (Plan recipient) sets up the test according to the enclosed instructions. This only takes about five minutes!
Step 2 The detector remains in place for 120 days. When 120 days have passed, the Plan recipient is reminded to return the test kit for analysis in the mailer provided.
Step 3 The detector is processed using state-of-the-art computer-assisted image analysis equipment. The laboratory notifies the homeowner, as well as HBP, of the radon results.
What is Next?
- If the measured radon concentration of the covered property is below the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L, a clearance document is sent to the Plan recipient and no further action is required.
- If the measured radon concentration of the covered property is equal to above 4.0 pCi/L, HBP will arrange for radon mitigation with an independent certified radon mitigation contractor and pay all costs for the mitigation. HBP only uses the most reputable contractors who meet our stringent requirements. HBP’s standard for mitigating properties with elevated radon levels is to install a sub-slab ventilation system. This is an active system that is the most effective way to reduce indoor radon gas levels. HBP then provides post mitigation testing to confirm the radon concentration in the home has been reduced to safe levels.
- For health and liability reasons, post mitigation testing is always provided, regardless of how the buyer chooses to initially test the property. HBP’s obligation is not complete until post-mitigation test results conclude that the radon levels have been reduced to below the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L.
For buyers who do not want to wait until after closing to test the property for radon, they may have a short-term radon test done prior to the sale and submit the report to HBP. The test must be performed by a NRPP, NRSB, and/or state listed radon testing contractor for HBP to accept the radon report into the HBP Program. If the radon levels are elevated, HBP will arrange for mitigation immediately. See our Resources page for more information about radon contractors in your state.