Radon Testing

Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas which occurs naturally in the soil as a result of the decay of uranium.  Long term exposure to radon in homes is responsible for over 21,000 deaths in the United States each year due to lung cancer.  Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  According to the Minnesota Department of Health; nearly 80% of counties in Minnesota are rated as high radon zones.  Also, according to the Department of Health website,

Effective January 1, 2014, the Minnesota Radon Awareness Act requires additional disclosure and education be provided to potential home buyers during residential real estate transactions in Minnesota. Before signing a purchase agreement to sell or transfer residential real property, the seller shall disclose in writing to the buyer any knowledge the seller has of radon concentrations in the dwelling. The disclosure shall include:

  1. Whether a radon test or tests have occurred on the property;
  2. The most current records and reports pertaining to radon concentrations within the dwelling;
  3. A description of any radon concentrations, mitigation, or remediation;
  4. Information regarding the radon mitigation system, including system description and documentation, if such system has been installed in the dwelling; and
  5. A radon warning statement
  6. A copy of the Minnesota Department of Health publication entitled “Radon in Real Estate Transactions.”

I use an electric Sun Nuclear 1030 Continuous Radon Monitor (CRM) which takes hourly radon readings and produces results immediately following the test, without having to send anything to a laboratory for analysis.  Also, the CRM can detect if the unit has been moved.





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Downloadable PDF's

Download these informative pdfs provided by the State of Minnesota Department of Health information:
Radon: Keeping your home safe from radon


Radon in real estate transactions