Radon testing procedures

So far we’ve learned a bit about what radon is and why it’s a good idea to test your home for elevated radon levels. Now we’ll take a look to see what the testing procedures are.

Radon levels change from hour to hour, so I want to first eliminate a common misconception: a home does not have a specific radon level. It is not as if your home, once tested, will remain at that same level if tested later. During our testing we get readings every hour, and the readings show trends and movements, which is why it is very important to take radon levels according to EPA testing protocol to get a good idea of the overall radon level.

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What’s the deal with Radon?

This is a common question we get both from buyers and sometimes real estate agents. There is quite a bit of confusion regarding what radon is, what (if any) the health risks associated with it are, and what to do about it. Today’s blog is part 1 of a multi-part series to help you understand radon and to make an informed decision about testing and mitigation.

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Radon testing protocol

There are strict guidelines a radon tester must adhere to when taking a radon sample.  In general, the longer the test, the more accurate the results, and we’re talking weeks or months.  However, for real estate transactions, certain criteria must be met in order to achieve the best possible results within a very constrained time period, so the EPA and other similar bodies have developed acceptable protocol to be able to give us the best look at an average radon level in a home.

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What’s the deal with Radon?

This is a common question we get both from buyers and sometimes real estate agents. There is quite a bit of confusion regarding what radon is, what (if any) the health risks associated with it are, and what to do about it. Today’s blog is part 1 of a multi-part series to help you understand radon and to make an informed decision about testing and mitigation.

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Why is radon higher inside a home than outside?

This is one of the most common questions we get, along with its follow-on: why am I just now hearing about radon (ie, is this some sort of modern scam or what)?

The answers to both questions are pretty straightforward. Radon seeps up through the soil in its natural life cycle. It is a gas made of tiny particles, and as it decays it moves up and into the atmosphere. Our homes have a negative pressure caused by our heating and air conditioning systems. Think of it as a very low pressure vacuum cleaner, which leads to a suction that gathers more of the earth gases into the home than outside of the home. As I mentioned, it is a very, very small pressure difference caused by the heating and cooling system, but it nevertheless is a difference, and that means more earth gases (and hence radon particles) enter your home.

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What is radon, and why should I care?

Hello everybody, and welcome to a quick look at radon, its causes, health effects, and reasons you should get your home tested.

You may recall from your high school Chemistry class (or not) that Radon is an element listed on the periodic table.  Its symbol is Rn, and it is a radioactive element with a very short half-life.  We’ll discuss why that’s important later.

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Fast, Trusted, Accurate: HomeTeam Inspection Service

Joanne Chando, a broker and licensed real estate instructor serving the Fort Myers, Fla., market is staying ahead of the competition, closing deals quickly, efficiently, and with ease by offering clients the services of a home inspection team. “We strongly advise all buyers to have an independent home inspection,” says Chando. “This is both prudent professionally and as a risk management requirement.” However, not every home inspection company is equally efficient.

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Using Technology to Streamline the Real Estate Transaction

It’s no secret that technology has profoundly changed the way we do business.

As business leaders and business owners, it begs the question: How can we embrace technology to streamline the real estate transaction?

Establish a Communication Plan

The way that people prefer to communicate can vary by age, location and a number of other factors.

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