Radon testing is an additional service that can be added to a home inspection. It is recommended by the EPA and Ohio Department of Health, that all homes be tested for radon. A radon test should be performed by a licensed radon tester and takes 48 hours to complete. The radon test itself is a pass/fail. If the levels are 4pCi/L or higher, action is needed.
Radon may impact a home inspection, but it does not necessarily “fail” a home inspection. Whether or not a home inspection or a radon test fails the home inspection depends on the buyer’s criteria.
If high levels of radon are detected, it will be necessary for the appropriate mitigation steps to be taken to ensure a safe living environment. Whether it is they buyer or the seller of the home taking on that responsibility can vary depending on the terms negotiated in the real estate transaction.