Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, radioactive gas that is released from soil and rocks beneath a home. According to the EPA, radon is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States per year. Central Kentucky is a radon hot spot. Over one-half of homes tested in Lexington have elevated radon levels with an average radon level of 8.2 picocuries per liter compared with 1.3 pCi/L, the average level nationwide.
Your family does not have to be exposed to elevated radon! Every home can have a low radon level. Some are naturally low and some require the installation of a radon mitigation system, typically costing $2,000-$4,000. Home buyers should have a professional radon measurement conducted prior to purchase. Sellers will often pay for the mitigation system if an elevated radon level is documented by a certified radon measurement professional who is not associated with a mitigation company.
Steven E. Rice has been measuring radon since 1986 and is the only Kentucky company credentialed by both the National Radon Proficiency Program as a Residential Radon Measurement Provider, ID #100741 RT and by the National Radon Safety Board as a Radon Measurement Specialist, Certification #NRSB SSA034. All radon measurements incorporate two separate test devices to document precision as part of a comprehensive quality assurance-quality control program. Multiple tamper detection methodologies are implemented and analysis is by a National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) credentialed laboratory. This is the most authoritative radon measurement available in Kentucky and will be accepted by both the buyer and the seller of a home.
Complementary No-charge Services for my Radon Measurement Clients:
• Presentation of a certificate from the Kentucky Indoor Air Quality Coalition certifying a home as a “Radon-Breathe Easy Home” when a home tests below 4.0 pCi/L. This certificate may be utilized in a future real estate transaction.
• Free inspection of a home’s existing or newly installed mitigation system following the American Society of Home Inspectors protocol, to document proper design and function.
• Free objective consultation on alternative designs and costs of radon mitigation systems and referral to the complete listing of certified companies from which to obtain competitive proposals.
Multifamily Housing Radon Measurement for FHA insured mortgage applications is a specialty of my company. I have conducted several dozen multifamily radon measurement projects and fully implement the new AARST protocol. This depth of experience is unique among the radon measurement providers who serve Kentucky.