Why Free Radon Tests are Not Always Free
You need a radon test. It’s not something you dream of spending your money on but then you see an advertisement for a FREE RADON TEST. Why wouldn’t you take advantage? .. its FREE!!
Tempting as it sounds that free radon test may end up costing you more than a test you would have paid for. The companies who advertise this have a business model that is based on at least 60 percent of their customer base will have “High” radon levels. Otherwise, they couldn’t make enough money to stay in business. Furthermore, they are counting on convincing or closing the majority of the customers with high radon levels to use their mitigation services.
This again doesn’t sound like a bad scenario but consider the fact that the cost of your radon system has cover all of the free testing that has been conducted in order to find your elevated radon levels.
Add to this aggressive, high pressure sales tactics that they are aimed at closing 80% of the home owners with elevated radon levels, and you could very well paying for that free radon test and then some Another thing to consider, do you really want to trust a company whose only means of generating revenue is to seek out homeowners who will have elevated radon levels? Of course, we want to believe that all professional radon companies are completely upfront and honest, but when their only means of making money is making sure they sell mitigation systems it can be hard to trust that your results are completely accurate.
In other words, you get what you pay for. Hiring a licensed radon professional and paying for a radon test could actually end up saving you a substantial amount of money in the long run. In Ohio radon testing professionals must acquire a license to test for radon from the Ohio Department of Health. Like a number of licensed professionals, licensees are required to maintain their license by completing yearly continuing education credits. To ensure you have hired a qualified professional, ask to see their license, check references, work history and insurance. You can get a list of qualified radon professionals by going to the Ohio Department of Health’s website and searching radon.
There are a number of licensed, qualified, Radon testers in Ohio and the cost of a radon test is usually between $ 100.00-$ 150.00 dollars. Money well spent for peace of mind that your radon test was done according to Ohio Departments of Health protocol and has the most accurate results.