Here are some useful and educational documents you might be interested in.
The radon testing agreement is simply a basic contract between Radontex, LLC and the client. It provides useful information about the radon test, covers limitations, explains the importance of maintaining the proper test conditions before and during the test, and outlines what Radontex, LLC will provide after the test is completed. We recomend that clients download this document, read it, and then let us know if there are any questions we can answer. Ultimately it must be signed by the client. This can be done onsite, or in advance.
Closed House Conditions (CHC's) are important if you want to get accurate and repeatable radon testing measurements in a home. CHC's should be in place 12 hours prior to the start of a two (2) day radon test. This document includes clear instructions which explain closed-house conditions and acceptable operation of systems in the home. This document should be given to the sellers/occupants prior to the start of the test. Ideally at least 24 hours prior to the start of the test because it's important that closed-house conditions be in place 12 hours prior to the start of the test.
This EPA publication covers the basic facts about radon, the health risks, where radon is found, how to test for radon, how to fix a radon problem if you have a high test result, and building new homes to be radon resistant. It includes information about how to get radon test kits and includes several links for more information.
This EPA publication is specifically for the concerned homeowner that wants to learn more about radon. It explains what radon is, what the health risks are, how to test your home, and how to fix your home if you find a high level of radon. It's important to note that the testing protocols for homeowners is different compared to the testing protocols used during a real estate transaction. Instead of doing just one test, the homeowner is encouraged to do a screening test which might be followed by an additional confirming test, depending on the result of the initial screening test.
This EPA publication is specifally for, well, home buyer's and seller's. It covers the same basics about radon as the Citizen's guide does, and goes on to describe the testing protocol used during a real estate transaction. It's different than the Citizen's guide protocol in that only one test is performed. This is largely due to the short contingency period typical during a real estate deal. Since only one test is performed, the protocol calls for either one active continuous monitor to be used, or if using "passive" test devices, that two devices are required, set side by side about 4 inches apart.
This EPA document educates the reader about radon and the methods used to reduce it in a home if you have tested and find that you have a high level. Fixing a home is easy to do and doesn't cost that much either. However, it's strongly recommended that you hire a qualified, certified contractor to perform the work. This publication helps you select the right contractor and provides a checklist you can use during the selection process.