Radon gas is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring gas that’s formed by the natural breakdown of uranium deposits in the rocks and soil under your home. It’s present in all homes at some level. So why test for radon?
The Concern for Elevated Radon is Legitimate
Because it’s a carcinogenic gas and exposure to elevated levels at or above the 4.0 action level causes lung cancer and is the #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the U.S. according to the EPA.
Curious about levels in and around the Twin Cities? Look at this StarTribune interactive Minnesota Radon Zones lookup tool. Radon levels can and do vary and it’s not possible to predict levels from one home to the next.
Radon testing is straightforward and if elevated levels are found, it can be remedied quickly and affordably. Average mitigation systems range from $1000 to $1500, the cost a a typical home appliance.
Test Procedure and Required Test Conditions
Heartland tests for radon by installing a state-of-the-art Radalink radon monitor in the home for a period of 48 to 72 hours. We ask the seller to sign an Authorization Agreement acknowledging they understand and agree to follow Closed House Conditions for the 12 hours before and throughout test period.
What Sets Us Apart? The Trusted Testing Solution.
Radalink monitors are the most accurate and precise in the industry. They’re very sensitive, very accurate and will give you a precise reading by collecting hourly data. Environmental data such as room temperature, relative humidity and barometric pressure which can indicate protocol violations and/or false-high readings due to severe weather is also collected and factored in.
Shortly after the monitor is picked up, the results are uploaded and interpreted by a national laboratory and emailed to you.
Our WIN-WIN 120-Day Radon Protection Plan
If You’re a Home Buyer – There’s nothing more frustrating than getting a radon result of 3.8 or 3.9 and not knowing if it’s really 4.0. That’s why Heartland’s radon results are guaranteed to be accurate. If you move in and want to test the home again – go for it! If it comes back over 4.0 and you had a previous test within 120 days that came in at 3.9 or below, your mitigation system is covered by our Radon Protection Plan.
If You’re a Home Seller – Get a radon test now! The buyer is likely to get one but if you get one now and it comes back under the 3.9 limit, our Radon Protection Plan PAYS for your mitigation system if the buyer’s test (performed within 120 days of your’s) comes back high.
The Silver Lining: Radon Mitigation Systems are a Home Improvement!
If you were feeling good about the home until you discovered the radon result was high, know that you can easily control it now or in the future with a mitigation system that is an affordable relatively simple home improvement.
Silver lining: Radon control systems also reduce the entry of moist soil air into the home, which can lower humidity levels and reduce the potential for mold and mildew growth.