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More Blogs on Safety Subjects:

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

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

  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. Do you check for recalls on home appliances as part of the inspection?

  6. What’s my chance of getting a high radon reading in Gainesville?

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

  8. What are the symptoms of radon poisoning?

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

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

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

Is the electric panel big enough for this house?

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

  2. Is a home inspection required?

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

What do you look for when inspecting stairs?

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

  1. Do you check the wall plugs?

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

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

  4. How long does it take to get the results of a radon test?

  5. How long does it take to get the results of a radon test?

  6. Can the seller tamper with a homebuyer’s radon test to change the results?

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

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

  9. Do radon mitigation systems require maintenance?

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

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

Welcome to our blog!
We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

Radon Testing


in Metro Gainesville

48-hour test, results same
day of test completion



when done at same
time as  home inspection

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.”

   Also, 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. Also, to learn about radon mitigation issues for condos, see our blog post “Is radon mitigation possible for a condominium?”

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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