Radon TestingAt ProTec Inspection Services, we offer more than just the traditional home inspection. One of our specialty inspections—that you may decide to add on to your inspection or do independently—is radon testing. We get several questions about radon testing and why it’s important, so let us unpack it a bit.

What is radon?

Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas that can easily go unnoticed in any Washington, D.C., or Montgomery County, MD, home. In fact, according to the EPA, radon is a toxic gas that can be found in almost any U.S. state and can easily enter a home if present beneath the ground or in the property’s water source.

How is radon harmful?

The main reason that we recommend radon testing is that radon poses a huge health risk. In fact, it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer (behind smoking) in the United States, responsible for about 21,000 deaths each year. But without the proper inspection, this toxic gas often goes unnoticed and undetected. In our minds, it’s always better to stay on the safe side and get radon testing.

What’s included in a radon inspection?

At ProTec, our home inspectors are certified to complete radon testing in Montgomery County, MD; Washington, D.C.; and Fairfax County, VA. The test requires specialized equipment that’s set up by our pro staff members. This equipment is set up on the lowest level of the house, and it continuously monitors radon levels for a minimum of 48 hours. When our testing is complete, we provide you with the results the same day.

What if my house has high radon levels?

ProTec Inspection Services doesn’t offer radon remediation services, but you can put your mind at ease that we can pass along the name of some trusted contractors who offer radon mitigation services in our area. If you’re in the process of buying a home, you will definitely want to address the radon levels and need for remediation with your realtor and the sellers.

Ready to schedule radon testing? Contact ProTec Inspection Services today at (301) 972-8531, or schedule online. We’ll gladly answer any remaining questions you might have and get you on the inspection schedule.


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