in Asheville and the WNC area
Builder Buddy offers professional radon testing throughout the Asheville and WNC area. Asheville and Buncombe County are located in the EPA red zone for radon (Zone 1) which has the most significant potential for indoor radon levels of all the zones. Please find more information about Radon, Radon in our area, Radon and health, mitigating Radon, and ways to reduce the risk of Radon.
About Our Radon Services
Pre-purchase Radon Testing
Pre-sale or Pre-Listing Radon Testing
Post-mitigation Radon Testing
Commercial Radon Testing
Annual Radon Testing
Follow-up Radon Testing (after mitigation)
Multi-Family Radon Testing
Radon Testing with a Home Inspection
Radon Testing with Well and Septic Inspections
Radon Testing Only
Should I order a Radon Test?
Radon is present in our areas at unhealthy levels and is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, according to the EPA. Radon testing is highly recommended in regions like ours that have naturally occurring Uranium in the ground. See the EPA Map of Radon Zones here. Radon testing is recommended for all houses in all areas of Western North Carolina, regardless of foundation type. Homes on slabs and basements tend to have higher radon test results than crawl spaces, but homes with all foundation types can test high for radon.
Scheduling a Radon Test
How can I schedule Radon Testing in Asheville, Buncombe County, and the WNC area?
Our online scheduler is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Choose your inspector and find the next available appointment using our online scheduler. If you have any special requests or questions while using our online scheduler, feel free to leave notes in the comment section.
If you have any questions, give us a call or text. We have a full-time office manager available M-F 9-5 to answer your questions. If no one answers, please leave a message, and we will call you back soon!
Discounts for Radon Tests
We have discounts for Home Inspections, Radon Testing, and Well/Septic Inspections that help nearly everyone in need. If you are not eligible for a discount and feel you should be, let us know, and we will help you. Find Discount information.
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Radon Testing Service Areas
Is there a Radon Testing Company near me in Asheville and WNC area?
Builder Buddy offers Radon testing in Asheville and the surrounding area, which includes most of Western North Carolina (WNC):
Is there a Radon Testing Company near me in Buncombe County?
Builder Buddy offers Radon Testing in Buncombe County, including Asheville, Montreat, Biltmore Forest, Alexander, Black Mountain, Woodfin, Weaverville, Candler, and the surrounding areas.
Is there a Radon Testing Company near me in Henderson County?
Builder Buddy offers Radon Testing in Henderson County, including Hendersonville, Saluda, Fletcher, Laurel Park, Mills River, Flat Rock, and the surrounding areas.
Is there a Radon Testing Company near me in Haywood County?
Builder Buddy offers Radon Testing in Haywood County, including Canton, Clyde, Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, and the surrounding areas.
Is there a Radon Testing Company near me in Madison County?
Builder Buddy offers Radon Testing in Madison County, Hot Springs, Mars Hill, Marshall, and the surrounding areas.
Is there a Radon Testing Company near me in Yancey County?
Builder Buddy offers Radon Testing in Yancey County, including Burnsville and the surrounding areas.
Is there a Radon Testing Company near me in McDowell County?
Builder Buddy offers Radon Testing in McDowell County, including Marion, Old Fort, and the surrounding areas.
Is there a Radon Testing Company near me in Polk County?
Builder Buddy offers Radon Testing in Polk County, including Saluda, Columbus, Tryon, and the surrounding areas.
Is there a Radon Testing Company near me in Transylvania County?
Builder Buddy offers Radon Testing in Transylvania County, including Brevard, Rosman, and the surrounding areas.
Frequently Asked Questions About Radon Testing
Radon Testing Equipment and Calibration
- Top Tier Professional equipment
- All of our equipment is highly sensitive and accurate
- RadStar Continuous Monitors
- RadonPro Continous Monitors with Humidity/Pressure readings
- AirChek Charcoal (multi-family testing)
- All Continuous monitors are calibrated yearly
How Common are Homes with High Radon Levels in our area?
Most home buyers order a radon test with their home inspection and about 1 out of 6 homes we see test high for radon (fail).
Does Radon Mitigation work? How much does Radon Mitigation cost?
If the levels of radon are high during a real estate test, typically, the seller pays for mitigation (but not always). Radon reduction systems typically cost less than $1700 in our area and are generally very effective in reducing radon levels.
Our Radon Testing Certification:
All of our inspectors are Certified Radon Technicians and receive continuing education annually.
Radon Testing Resources
- Guide to Indoor Air Quality
- Interpreting My Radon Test Results
- Should I have Radon Tested when a Mitigation System is already in place?
- Should I Order a Radon Test?
- How Should Radon Be Tested or Monitored? Can I test Myself?
- EPA’s Homebuyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon
- EPA’s A Citizen’s Guide to Radon
Who is the regulating authority for Radon Testing and Mitigation in the US?
The EPA is the regulating authority for radon testing and mitigation in the US.
Here is a resource by the EPA: Home buyer’s Guide
What should I do if my radon test result is low?
Generally, a low test result is good, although the EPA does state that low radon may still pose a risk. The EPA recommends retesting every two years. The EPA also recommends retesting after basement renovations and additions.
When radon is still a concern, there are radon reduction strategies that the EPA recommends:
What should I do if my radon test is high?
The EPA recommends mitigating if the average over 48 hours is 4.0 pCi/L or higher. Mitigation is reliable, affordable, and effective. Typically mitigation costs less than $1800, but houses with large crawl spaces or different foundation types could cost more. Often the seller will pay for mitigation (but this is not always the case). A radon mitigation specialist can be consulted for an estimate.
What should I do if ‘closed conditions’ were not maintained during the test?
Sometimes we discover doors or windows have been left open during the test, and in this case, it is recommended to retest. This is unfortunate as we do everything we can to inform the seller about the importance of maintaining closed conditions during the test– we leave placards in the home and email the seller’s agent an email with special instructions well before the test takes place. The cost of the retest is $145 plus applicable travel fees (it costs more to do a radon test without a home inspection because an additional trip is required). Ideally, the seller would pay for the retest as it was more than likely a failure on their side to maintain conditions, but in some cases, it comes down to the buyer to pay for the retest. In some cases, it will be nearly impossible to maintain closed conditions during the real estate transaction– in this case, it is recommended to wait until after the buyer purchases the property so that closed conditions can be reliably maintained.
Should I test for Radon if there is already a reduction system?”
The EPA recommends retesting your home, even with a radon reduction system in place, every two years. If the seller cannot provide a test result within two years, it is recommended to order a radon test with your home inspection.
Generally, radon reduction systems, when installed well and working correctly, reliably reduce radon to safe levels in the home. However, there are two questions to ask with homes with mitigation systems in place (see below). A negative test result is still worth the cost of the test if it gives the buyer peace of mind.
Do you know if it was installed properly?
We have tested homes with radon reduction systems that have come back high– typically, this is because the system was not installed correctly (missing fan, timer on fan, etc…) or because the fan had failed or was turned off somehow. For years there was this idea in our industry that ‘passive radon reduction systems’ or systems without fans would reduce radon to safe levels in the home. Still, over time we are seeing that this is not the case– radon reduction systems need to be under negative pressure (fan-powered) to work reliably.
Was it appropriately maintained?
These systems need maintenance and repair like anything else in the home. The components that fail most often on these systems are the fan and the manometer (pressure gauge) which typically have an 8-12 year life expectancy. Keep in mind that the manometer only indicates that the system is under pressure and does indicate the radon levels in the home. If the fan is failing or has failed, then radon levels will be higher in the home.
What are acceptable ways to test for radon?
According to the EPA, there are only two acceptable ways to test for radon during a real estate transaction:
- A 48-hour test with a certified and calibrated radon monitor (these are very expensive and must be calibrated every year)
- Two 48-hour charcoal test kits with an accredited lab
There are also very specific placement, documentation, and handling procedures that are best left to the professionals. The owner/occupants need to be notified about maintaining closed conditions. For real estate transactions, a PDF document of the results from an EPA-approved method or device is the only thing that will carry weight with the seller.
Cheaper test kits and monitors are sold at hardware stores and online, but these are rarely approved or accurate, especially when they are not placed or handled by a professional.
What if there is a radon monitor already in the home, and it indicates the levels are low?
Typically what is seen near radon reduction systems are manometers or pressure gauges that only indicate whether the radon reduction system is under pressure or not. These manometers do not provide any information about the radon levels in the home. Sometimes small digital devices are found in the home that pretends to monitor radon levels – these are not recognized by the EPA as proper monitoring devices and typically are not accurate- these are generally considered educational or for entertainment purposes only. Professional radon testing is best ordered with your home inspector to ensure professional and accurate results that all parties trust.
How often should I retest for radon?
The EPA recommends retesting for radon every two years or after any renovations.
How is radon tested?
Builder Buddy Inspectors conduct the radon tests using the RadStar RS300 or the RadonPro Continuous Monitor devices. These machines are placed in the lowest finished space in the home for 2-4 days — they take readings every hour and have a tamper sensor. The RadonPro also takes readings of humidity and temperature, which helps indicate whether closed conditions were maintained during the test. One of the many advantages of continuous monitors is that they produce 48-96 readings instead of just one with the charcoal/cartridge tests. The additional information is used to produce graphs that show spike or tampering events. Results are back within three business days.
How quickly can radon levels change in a home?
The radon levels in a home can plummet within minutes if a door or window is left open, which is why it is essential to maintain closed conditions during a test. After conditions are closed, it can take hours or a couple of days for the radon levels to trend back to higher levels. Radon has a half-life of 3.8 days before it deteriorates and emits alpha particles which is why even new homes can test high for radon.
Radon Testing in Asheville and WNC
Our Company, Builder Buddy Inspections & Testing, provides Radon Testing, pre-sale Radon Testing, Annual Radon Testing, Commercial Radon Testing, Post-mitigation Radon Testing, Multi-family Radon Testing and Radon Testing with and without Home Inspections. We also provide additional inspection and testing services such as Radon Testing, Water Testing, Well and Septic Inspections, Mold Testing, and more. We are a highly-rated inspection company based out of Asheville that provides high-quality inspection and testing reports and services. If you are located within 40 miles of Asheville call us today to set up an appointment or schedule here.
Should I test for Radon if there is already a reduction system in place?” The EPA recommends retesting your home, even with a radon reduction