Central Florida Radon Testing and Inspections
What is radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family’s health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually. The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend that all homes be tested.
Where is radon found?
Radon can be found all over the U.S. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building - homes, offices, and schools - and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.
What are the symptoms of radon in your home?
Possible symptoms include shortness of breath (difficulty breathing), a new or worsening cough, pain or tightness in the chest, hoarseness, or trouble swallowing. If you smoke and you know you’ve been exposed to high levels of radon, it’s very important to quit smoking. If a non-smoker gets a lung cancer diagnosis that could also suggest radon exposure.
When should you test for radon?
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. EPA also recommends testing in schools.
Is radon testing required in Florida?
Radon Testing is required for State licensed, regulated, owned or operated facilities. This requirement is the same for all buildings in facilities required to be tested for radon per Florida Statute 404.056. Currently all buildings in a facility that are used by the clients of the facility are required to be tested twice, five years apart. This is called Mandatory radon testing by the Department of Health. Please refer to the specific requirements for your county and local government. Examples of facilities we commonly test under this Statute are:
- Nursing Homes
- Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs)
- Schools (Private & Public)
- Day Care Centers
- Alcohol, Drug Abuse & Mental Health Facilities
- Correctional Facility or Jail
- HUD Multifamily Dwellings
- Loans for Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) & Traditional Application Processing
How do you test for radon?
Radon is only able to be tested for with the use of special equipment such as a Continuous Radon Monitor (CRM) or special test kits such as Activated Charcoal (AC) or Liquid Scintillation (LS) devices. We will schedule a site visit to the home or office building and set the devices in the proper, recommended locations per the Dept. of Health and/or manufacturer of the test device. The exposure period will be 48 hours or more to ensure proper compliance and readings. We will pick up the test kits and then send them to the lab. With our CRM machines, we can have results back the same day. This makes this device very appealing for real estate transactions due the tight timeframes on inspection due diligence. For larger projects, such as bigger homes or commercial mandatory testing, we will use our AC or LS kits. They will be overnighted to an accredited laboratory and the results will be back in approx. 2-4 days. If the mandatory testing form (DH 1777) needs to be completed for the state, you can add an extra 1-2 days to the process of completing all forms with signatures.
How much does radon testing cost?
For our residential real estate transactions, our CRM service starts at $250.00 but can be more depending on various factors.
For all commercial or mandatory testing jobs, we require a phone consultation to determine the features of the building, the use of the facility, and some other factors before giving a proper quote. Please use the info below to contact us for your radon testing questions. If this is a residential project, you can also use our “Schedule Now” feature to book the job online.