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MN State Site for radon information:
What is Radon?
Radon gas is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas. It is formed by the breakdown of uranium, a natural radioactive material found in soil, rock and groundwater.
Elevated Radon needs 3 conditions: a source-radium, a pathway, and a transport mechanism.
Emanation- radium bearing materials
Groundwater- private wells
Diffusion-movement from high and low concentrations
Pressure driven air flow - such as windows open on the third floor pulling the gas upwards. This is called Thermal stack effect.
Mechanical would be furnaces, exhaust fans, clothes dryers, central vacuum systems.
Radon concentration vary seasonally with higher concentration early spring and late fall.
Daily with highest in the morning
Windspeed and direction, the amount and rate of rain, and changes in the barometric pressure.
What is the Threat of Radon?
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. In the United States, the EPA estimates that about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year are radon related.
Smokers and previous smokers are 6% more at risk, or 62 per 1000 of U.S. population
Non-smokers are 2% or 23 per 1000 of U.S. population
EPA estimates 1 in 15 (6%) U.S. homes have and average annual indoor radon concentration above 4pCI/L in frequently occupied areas.  
How often should I test for radon?
According to MDH, all Minnesota homes should be tested for radon and then retested every 2-5 years (save your test results).
Test after you make changes to the foundation, heating, cooling or ventilation. Consider testing before a major remodeling project to determine if radon mitigation should be added into the project.
Retest after adding a radon mitigation system to make sure it is working properly.
HIP Home Inspections goal is to help homeowners to be safe in their home. It is very important to have your home tested for radon gas. If levels are found above 4 pCI/L, a retest will be conducted and the average of the two will determine if mitigation is recommended or required. The other option is to conduct a simultaneous test with an additional cost, saving a few dollars.
HIP Home Inspections test with a RADALINK Air-CATwhich takes an hourly reading over a 48 to 72 hour period of time. All doors and windows must be closed 12 hours prior and during the test. Your results will be given to you with-in 2 hours following the test. It is very important not to tamper with the test. Homeowners can operate their heating and cooling systems normally. And if you already have a radon reduction system in operation it will continue during test.
No discount for radon testing.

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