INTERPRETING YOUR RESULTS

RADON in AIR TESTING:

INTERPRETING YOUR RESULTS for RESIDENTIAL TESTING

It is important to understand the meaning of the radon results from your test, so we’ve posted this page for interpretation of the radon levels. Please check your report for the radon level, and reference the section below that applies. Recommendations for further action are noted in each item. Also, see below at the bottom of the page for more information about radon. If you are unsure about any of these results, or the interpretation of the radon level, please let us know.

RADON LEVEL in the HOME:

0.0-1.9 pCi/L: This level of radon is below the EPA Action Level. No action is required at this time. Re-test every two years.

2.0-3.9 pCi/L: No action is required at this time. While no action is required at this time, this level is within the EPA “consider action” level of 2.0-3.9 pCi/L. This means that if you plan on making use of this level of the home (the level where testing was done) for livable space, and/or plan on spending 6-8 hours per day, every day, in this area, you should seriously consider the installation of a radon mitigation system. Re-test every two years.

4.0 pCi/L and above: This level of radon is above the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L. It is recommended by the EPA that this home be mitigated for radon to allow for a more safe level of radon exposure in the home. This home should be mitigated by a radon mitigation specialist. Consult with a mitigation specialist to design and install a radon mitigation system. After a system has been installed, the home should be re-tested to ensure the system is operating properly. Re-test every two years.

FOR HOMES that already have A RADON MITIGATION SYSTEM IN PLACE:

0.0-1.9 pCi/L: No action is required at this time. This also suggests that the radon mitigation system in place in the home is functioning as intended. Re-test every two years. 

2.0-3.9 pCi/L: No action is required at this time. While no action is required at this time, this suggests that the mitigation system that is in place is not functioning optimally. Ideally, radon mitigation systems should successfully bring the levels to below 2.0, even though that is not required. There may be issues interfering with the performance of this system. Consult a mitigation specialist to repair/optimize this system. Re-test every two years. 

4.0 pCi/L and above: This level of radon is above the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L. This suggests that the radon mitigation system is not operating as intended. This is a health hazard and needs repair. Radon mitigation systems can often be successful at bringing the radon levels to a very low level, most often below 2.0 pCi/L. We recommend that this system be evaluated and repair/optimized by either the radon mitigation system installation contractor that originally installed it, or by another certified radon mitigation contractor. Consult a radon mitigation specialist to repair this system. Re-test every two years.

PERIODIC RE-TESTING: 

EPA recommends re-testing every 2 years and/or if the soil surrounding the structure or the foundation is altered. We suggest hiring a certified radon testing professional for this testing. 

ABOUT RADON: 

If you have questions about radon, please see the radon questions and answers on the FAQ page on our company website: https://mkchomeinspection.com/faqs/

More information regarding radon in New England can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/region-1-new-england-indoor-air-quality 

Information regarding radon mitigation and information about contractors can be found here: https://nrpp.info/pro-search/?f=rmt&z=MA#search-results-a

Here is a link to the EPA document, Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon: https://www.epa.gov/radon/home-buyers-and-sellers-guide-radon This document describes radon and radon testing methods for real estate transactions. 

IF YOU NEED TO MITIGATE: 

You should consult with your mitigation system installer/contractor for information on how the system will work, what the costs are, what it will look like, and how it would be configured through the interior and exterior of the home. Feel free to consult multiple mitigators. If you have a block foundation, crawlspace, or any specialized foundation, or if the radon mitigation for the home is complicated by any other condition, keep in mind that that will result in additional costs for the system. This system will need to operate continuously. While it is not complicated typically to install a radon mitigation system, it should be carefully planned.

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