Home Environment Tests
Our professional service is designed to get the most reliable results possible in a very small amount of time while minding the multiple parties and interests involved in a real estate transaction. We use expensive and sensitive equipment and send licensed, experienced technicians out to manage people and test sites within a very small window of time. That equipment and those people are expenses that don’t necessarily add value for homeowner-interest only tests.
What adds value to a radon test is time. The longer the sample is taken, the more information you have and the more reliable it is.
With an Alpha Track homeowner test kit, homeowners can invest all the time they like in taking a good sample and a longer test doesn’t increase the cost.
Our goal is to reduce people’s exposure to radon. Our contribution to that effort is to facilitate getting homes tested. People have limited budgets. We don’t want a budget shortfall to stop people from either testing or fixing their home. If they can spend less on the test, they can put the money they save toward mitigation if it is necessary.
Is this to say we won’t come out and test your home? Certainly we would be happy to come out and perform your test for you. We do homeowner tests for people all the time. We just want to make sure we are giving you the best information we can so you can make an informed decision. We won’t sell people a service that has components that add expense but not necessarily value. If you can’t stand the idea of waiting the 3-12 months it takes to do a long-term test to get a sense of the radon levels in your home, you’re not alone. If this is the case, we recommend purchasing both a short-term test kit and a long-term test kit from a lab, starting them at the same time and then shipping the short-term kit off to the lab after a week.
Where can you buy a test kit? We don’t recommend getting any radon test kit at the hardware store for two reasons:
- They are sensitive to time and temperature in storage, and we don’t believe the stockroom at a big box store is going to be very aware or attentive to that.
- When you purchase a test kit at a store, you are purchasing the kit, not the lab analysis. This will come as a separate fee. It often comes as a surprise and can double the price of the test you thought you’d already paid in full for.
We do recommend ordering test kits from either of these Illinois-licensed labs: