More Blog Posts on Safety Subjects:

  1. What is radon? Should I be concerned about it in Gainesville?

  2. This house has been empty and closed-up for months. Will the radon test come back sky-high?

  3. Can a homebuyer do their own radon test for a real estate transaction with a self-test kit?

  4. How was it determined that between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year are caused by radon?

  5. What are a homebuyer’s options when the radon test comes back high (4.0 pico-curies/liter or more)?

  6. Will opening the windows reduce the radon level in a house?

  7. How can I tell if a house has a radon mitigation system?

  8. What is the danger of radon in well water?

  9. What is the average radon level of indoor and outdoor air in America?

  10. Should homeowners get a pre-listing radon test before selling their home?

  11. Can a mobile/manufactured home have a high radon problem?

  12. What is radon? Should I be concerned about it?

  13. Is the electric panel big enough for this house?

  14. Why do you pay so much attention to electrical safety?

  15. Why does that wall plug have push-buttons in the middle?

  16. What do you look for when inspecting stairs?

  17. How do I remove cigarette odor in a house?

  18. What do you check when you inspect an electric garage door?

  19. Do you check the wall plugs?

  20. What are the warning signs of a dangerous attic pull-down ladder?

  21. Can stormy weather change the radon in a house?

  22. Do older houses have higher radon levels than new houses?

  23. Do radon mitigation systems require maintenance?

  24. What is the operating cost of a radon mitigation system?

  25. Should I buy a house with a radon mitigation system?

  26. Is radon mitigation possible for a condominium?

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Radon Testing


in Metro Gainesville

48-hour test, results same
day of test completion



when done at same
time as  home inspection

   The link to the Florida Department of Health webpage for this data is:

   And here’s the disclaimer they add along with the results:

“This radon data does NOT represent a scientific or statistical survey; therefore, it should be interpreted with caution. This data may provide an indication of the radon potential in a zip code area if a large enough and properly distributed number of buildings have been tested and reported for the area. This data cannot be used to predict the radon level for new construction. Structural features, construction details and ventilation operations differ from building to building and greatly influence radon concentration. Structures within the same zip code area may have dramatically different indoor radon levels due to these differences. Inferring indoor radon levels for untested buildings, based on indoor radon data from tested buildings is not possible. The only way to know if a building has an elevated radon level is to test.”

   Alachua County maintains a “Radon Awareness” website with more radon information and maps like the one above, which shows areas of high likelihood of elevated radon (red), medium (yellow), and low (green) at:

   But the only way to know for sure is to test.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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