radon: Continuous Radon Monitoring vs. “the two little vials” – Facts and Myths about Radon Gas Testing – Part II - 02/02/10 12:21 PM
This is part two of my little 'mini-series' on the differences between the two most common real estate transaction/radon gas testing methods. In part I, I addressed the primary similarity that being accuracy. In this blog installment, I'll be sticking to differences. I'd like to cover a few pros and cons of each.
Cost -  Advantage: Vial test
Most good quality kits cost the average inspector $20-$30, so you're typically looking at a cost in the $50-$75 range. For the machine test, factoring in the system's cost (upwards of $600) and the 'tie up' time, and you've looking at a typical $100-$150 per test.
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radon: Continuous Radon Monitoring vs. “the two little vials” – Facts and Myths about Radon Gas Testing – Part I - 12/14/09 05:59 AM
Over my 10 years as a Massachusetts Home Inspector, I (like many others in my profession) have seen a huge increase in the percentage of well-informed clients that are requesting radon gas testing as an additional service along with their home inspection. Several months ago I added continuous radon monitoring (CRM) - also loosely known as "the machine test" to my service arsenal, while continuing to offer the more economical liquid scintillation test - aka "the two small plastic vials".
I routinely get quizzical questions from clients ranging from ‘what is radon' , ‘why should I test for radon', ‘what's the … (2 comments)

radon: Granite Countertops and Radon - THE REAL TRUTH - 01/19/09 03:05 PM
As we all may be aware, the current 'mania of the month' is "Are my granite countertops emitting Radon". I must admit, the first time I had a customer call me with this question, I was torn between "that's crazy" and "hey, that could be possible".
Not much to my surprise, I have discovered that in many cases the origins of these concerns are advertisements by manufacturers of competing materials!!
Levels of radon gas from granite-based products, while technically measurable, are in fact fractional values of established thresholds for environmental safety. So, with that being said..........
THE BIG QUESTION: Is radon … (3 comments)


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