Our Review of
EPA's Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon
This page is part of our review of the Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon by the Environmental Protection Agency. We created this series to help Lake Tahoe homeowners and home buyers tolive more healthfully amidst the beauty of Lake Tahoe.
On this page the EPA presents what to do if you hire a professional too do your Radon testing. The EPA recommends making sure you are hiring a Qualified Radon Tester
According to the guide, "In many cases, home buyers and sellers may decide to have the Radon test done by a qualified Radon tester who knows the proper conditions, test devices, and guidelines for obtaining a reliable Radon test result. They can also:
- Evaluate the home and recommend a testing approach designed to make sure you get reliable results>
- Explain how proper conditions can be maintained during the Radon test
- Emphasize to a home's occupants that a reliable test result depends upon their cooperation. This is because, disturbance of the test or closed-house conditions can invalidate the test result
- Analyze the data and report the measurement results
- Provide an independent test result."
Your state Radon office may also have information about qualified Radon testers and certification requirements. For contact information regarding your state's Radon office, view more of this review and the guide.
How much Radon is OK?
On this section of the EPA Guide is a super important and interesting Radon reduction goal for homeowners. The U.S. Congress has set a long-term goal that indoor Radon levels should be no more than outdoor levels. What is that? It's about 1.3 pCi/L. The EPA guide points out that roughly 0.4 pCi/L of Radon is normally found in the outside air; however, this level also varies by region and weather conditions, as well. Therefore, good for EPA in publishing a goal for us to reduce Radon levels in homes to 2 pCi/L or less, because as they say, "A Radon level below 4 pCi/L still poses a risk. Consider fixing when the Radon level is between 2 and 4 pCi/L."
This series is provided to inform about Radon at Lake Tahoe and beyond. On each page, you can view more by clicking on one of the navigation links below.
Home Air Quality Monitors
A Radon detector is only one home monitor that you can use to check the indoor air quality of your home at Lake Tahoe and beyond. Here's a handy link to home air quality monitors and other air quality products.