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    Our point is that testing for radon before buying a home makes good financial sense, especially if the home is in an area with a large percentage of tested homes that were over the 4.0 level. You can check your zip code at the Florida at the Department of Health’s website at:


    The statistics range from 57.6% in zip code  32615 down to 10.5% in zip 32653 in Alachua County. So, are you willing to gamble that you are buying a home with a low radon level and it won’t cost you thousands of dollars later, or just go ahead and test to know for sure?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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 the danger of radon in well water?

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

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

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

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

  17. What do you look for when inspecting stairs?

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

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

  20. Do you check the wall plugs?

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

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

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

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

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

  26. Do radon mitigation systems require maintenance?

Radon Testing


in Metro Gainesville

48-hour test, results same
day of test completion



when done at same
time as  home inspection