What is the going rate for a professional radon test in your area? I know I
could get a $20.00 test at the borg, but I was thinking of a professional
testing place to do it. I live in New England.
I know there are all sorts of prices, etc. Just trying to get a general
I went for the cheapest solution for a test. In New York, there is a
subsidized test kit from New York State. The laboratory you send the
cansiter too is also "OK-ed" by NYS. The New York State test is I thin
$US 6.75 per carbon canister. Includes the canister, lab costs and
Maybe your state also has such a radon testing program.
If you expect someone to drive out to your house, wait for you to
answer the door, put in the canisters, spend time in obligatory
radon-related and non-related chit chat, then come back again later to
take them away, wait at the door again, chit-chat again, then send
them to a lab and pay the lab for whatever it does, and then call
and/or write you after they get the results back, you got to pay for
all that. They wouldn't do this if they couldn't make a living at it.
Who's to say if they should live like migrant farm labor or like
Rockefeller or where in between?
The DIY version is not like making Chippendale furniture. You don't
need to go to school or have years of apprenticeship. You open the
package, read the instructions, and put what's inside somewhere. Then
after the proper amount of time, you take it and mail it, probably to
the same lab the local inspection company uses. I'll bet you they
didn't say they did more than they actually do, but personal service
IIRC, I set my detector on the bottom horizontal part of the I-beam
that holds up half of my first floor, but there are other places to
put the thing. The instructions say where.
If you don't want the $20 DIY kit, you have to pay for a pro. $150 is well
in bounds for what is done. Why not try the $20 test and see if you get a
positive first then decide if you should spend more?
If the cheapo test reads "acceptable", how will he know it's correct?
To verify he will have to get a pro.
If the cheapo test reads "unacceptable", how will he know it's
To verify he will have to get a pro.
Skip the cheapo and go directly to the pro.
B.S. Nuclear Engineering 1970
M.S. Environmental Science 1971
I think we ought to step back a bit. Radon is not a major killer, though
proven to be a killer. Kits used by the user that are left in the
appropriate place for an extended period of time can be helpful. Short
term tests of less than a week can lead to ambiguous results. It is not
asbestos in the workplace (recognising sadly those that have suffered
from this form of exposure)- which has cost many dearly as a result of
the scaremongering, but is an issue in its own right that we should
I agree. I don't see why anyone expects that just because they pay
someone to come do the test, the accuracy is going to be any better
than the kit you can buy at HD. This isn't rocket science. The kit
is just a canister you put in the basement that absorbs radon and then
gets measured at a lab. Absent any investigation or proof of
certification of the lab, there is no way to know that the lab the
$150 guys sends it too is any better than the one the HD kit goes to.
In fact, it could be the same one. And I'm sure you can find info at
the test kit manufacturers website that explains the test, the
company, and their qualifications.
A lot of these tests are just done by home inspection companies as
part of a pre-sale inspection. And that's kind of funny, because
they put the canister in the basement. How does the buyer know the
seller doesn't just take the thing and move it to outdoors for a week?
Sure it's unethical and and they could be sued. I'm just pointing
out that it's very easy to do and there are plenty of unscrupulous
sellers out there that just might do it. And if you sued, if all the
evidence you had was that a subsequent test showed radon above an
acceptable level, I don't think you'd have a very good case without
any additional evidence that the seller either knew about a radon
problem or proof that they interfered with the test.
Actually, I'm surprised for home inspections they don't have a
canister that can be chained to something to keep it from being moved.
Thank you to all who took the time to answer my question. Final
resolution...Professional company dropped off the canisters this morning.
$155.00 for the test. As a control test(more for curiosity), I also am
doing a borg test I bought to see how accurate those are as well.
I'll be the fourth to ask, although it would just be out of curiosity,
since your reading would have no significance for any of the rest of us,
unless we live in your neighborhood.
Someone here said that Radon was not a major killer, but a proven killer.
Well, It is only the second major cause of lung cancer after cigarette
When you, or anyone in your family, are personally affected by any toxic
or dangerous material, it becomes "very" major.
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