For homeowners, the EPA and Minnesota Department of Health recommend starting with a short-term test, and if high radon levels are found, then a follow-up short-term or long-term test should be performed, depending on the radon level found.
The cheapest way to test your home for radon is with a mail-in test kit. These kits are offered at a discounted price through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health and Air Chek. They are accurate and easy to use. The test kit price includes the laboratory analysis fee. Results are usually available within one week after the test is completed.
Long-term test kits (anything lasting longer than 90 days) are $21.95 and short-term test kits (shown at right) are only $9.95. Click here to order your test kit today!
If high radon levels are found, call Athelon Radon Services at (507) 269-9934 for a free in-home radon mitigation proposal.
People getting ready to sell their home should have it tested before putting it on the market. Many buyers are requiring radon testing to be done at the time of inspection. If the radon levels are known, and they have been lowered before the house is listed, it can make the buying and selling process flow much easier. You want to make your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers. Your real estate agent may even advertise the fact that your home has low radon levels as a possible selling point.
Home buyers should have a radon test done as part of the inspection process on any home they are looking at buying. Nearly 50% of all homes tested in Olmsted County have radon levels that are considered unsafe. Home radon levels can easily be lowered, but with the average mitigation costing around $1,200, you don't want that unexpected cost to crop up in the future.
For real estate transactions, only one test is needed, if it is done with a continuous radon monitor. Athelon Enterprises offers an electronic radon testing service for $135. This is the quickest, most accurate way to perform a short-term test, and is most often used during real estate transactions when an independent third party is needed.
With this service, a technician will place a continuous radon monitor (shown at right above) in your home. After a minimum of 48 hours, the technician will return to your home to print the results on site and review them with you. We use top-of-the-line testing equipment with many tamper-resistant features to ensure than your test results are as accurate as possible. The continuous radon monitor records movement, changes in temperature, barometric pressure, and relative humidity.