Radon in Florida

Many people think that radon is only in the northern states that have rocky terrain, and along mountain lines in the north and east.  Others think that only homes that have basements have radon.  However, that is not true.  Radon comes from the breakdown of Uranium in the soil and is an odorless gas that cannot be seen or smelled.  In Florida, we have radon as well.  Even though this chart looks like there isn’t much in Florida, there really is and testing needs to be done.  In fact, 1 in 5 residences in Florida has high levels of radon.

Let’s take a look at why this is important, how the radon gets in, symptoms associated with radon, radon in Florida, the problems with radon, and how to fix it.

Why This is Important

This is important because radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., following smoking.  Unfortunately, it is not talked about often so people don’t know to protect themselves.  Did you know that one in five homes tested in Florida have elevated levels of radon that are above 4 pCi/L? 

This is not just in homes but also in buildings, high-rise condominiums, and manufactured homes.  The average level is 1.3 pCi/L and anything between 1 and 3 is considered low. Even though the northern rocky states tend to have radon in the basement, here in Florida, it is often found in high rise apartment buildings. This is because we don’t have basements in our state.

On the map, you can see that there are high levels in Western, Central, and Southeastern Florida.  This map shows the different zones.  Regardless of the zone, testing for radon is recommended for all homes.

How Radon in Florida Gets into Homes, Buildings, and Condos

How Radon in Florida Gets into Homes, Buildings, and Condos

Radium is naturally occurring and found in most soils and radon comes from the radioactive breakdown of the radium. Then, if there are small openings in the buildings at the foundation, the gas enters and becomes trapped inside.  Thus creating higher levels of radon than what is outside. It can also come from aggregate that was contaminated when your home was built. Negative air pressure forces the gas into the home, becomes trapped, and again builds up. Another place it can be found is in the well water. When the well water comes out in the home via the shower etc., it can make the radon levels higher in the home.

Some people think that if you open the windows, the radon will escape.  Unfortunately, that is not true as the gas stays in the home and professional mitigation is required.

Symptoms Associated with Radon

There are some symptoms associated with radon in the home such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, tightening of the chest, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, and weight loss.  These are all good reasons to test for radon and find out if it is the culprit in your home or if it is another issue.  Unfortunately, radon also leads to lung cancer so testing for it is very important.

Why test for radon in Florida
Radon Detector

Why Test for Radon in Florida

It doesn’t matter where you live in the U.S., your home could have high levels of radon and need mitigation to lower them. Hiring a certified testing company to perform the test is essential.

Cost of the Radon Test

Depending on what is involved and the area of the country you live in, the test by a professional range from $200 to $450 and more. Contact the professional to get an estimate so you are prepared for the amount.

Length of Radon Tests

Radon tests can range from a few days to 90 days depending on the test and company.  Contact a company close to you and get an estimate of the length of time so you can plan for it.

Selling, buying, or building a home.

Selling, Buying, or Building a Home

The EPA recommends that if you are selling a home to have a radon test done before it goes on the market.  This can be a key selling point.  If you find out the levels are high, you can have it fixed and then put it on the market.

If you are buying a home, ask about radon testing on the home (page 9 of the guide) so you know what the levels are.  Perhaps you are building a home? Then find out if adding radon-resistant techniques is possible.  They will also help your home to be more energy-efficient. 

Radon Resistant Features

Adding these features to homes in the building process can make it more radon resistant.

1. Gas permeable layers can be applied between the slab and the flooring to allow the gas to move freely.

2. Plastic sheeting- goes on top of the gas permeable layer and under the slab and helps prevent the gas from the soil from going into the home.

3. Sealing and Caulking- this is on all areas that are open on the foundation and walls to reduce the gas from the soil finding its way into the home.

4. Vent pipe- this is a 3 to 4 inch PVC pipe installed on the gas permeable layer and goes through the house and out of the roof, allowing the gases to safely vent outdoors.

5. Vent fan- The purpose of the vent fan is to get the air out of the home.

What to Do If the Levels Are High

If the levels are high, don’t fret.  A professional can mitigate your home.

What does this mean?  Well, they can lower the levels by doing a few things.  Depending on the type of home you have; basement, slab on grade, or crawlspace foundation homes, will determine how the radon is fixed.  They can also seal, pressurize the room or home, and use a heat recovery ventilator (HRV). 

When to Call a Professional About Radon in Florida

Call a professional if you are concerned about the levels of radon in your home. Also, if you need testing on a home, or building or just have questions.


Radon is in every state in the U.S. The good news is mitigation can be done when high levels are found in a home or building.  The goal of testing is to help residents, homeowners, and those who use that space to hopefully avoid lung cancer. The testing can also help find the high levels early and start mitigation. Professionals can administer Radon and sometimes take only a few days to get the results back. Do you have questions or need a radon test done? Contact us or leave your question below and we can help!  

Hiring the Right Home Inspection Company……….

Home inspection companies are helping you make one of the biggest decisions in your life and you want to make sure that you are using a qualified company that will stand behind their work.  At Waypoint Property Inspections East we don’t use warranties that cause the client to have a false sense of security following the home inspection for 90 days.  When buying your next home, understand that the home inspection is a snapshot in time and after the inspection is completed, especially if there is a family living in the home, we have no control over what occurs in the home.

We appreciate that our inspectors are human and there is a possibilty that we may not find every little item that is damaged during the inspection, but if it is something that we should have seen, we have a professional services guarantee.  Waypoint Property Inspections East LLC will never walk away from a client if we did something wrong. We have been inspecting homes for over 13 years and can honestly say, we have seen just about everything.

Our company provides world class home inspections in Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Jupiter, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie and all point in between.  We offer many ancillary services such as termite inspections, septic inspections, radon inspection, indoor air quality testing and mold assessment and thermal imaging.  Call our office at 561.676.0546 to see what we can do for your or your clients.

The Value of a Home Inspection……

Are you or your client selling or buying a new home? 

If you are selling your home do you know about all the details of your home?

The age of your major components and the condition?  Wouldn’t you like the opportunity to fix any conditions that can help you to get more money when you sell your home?

It is a proven fact that when a Pre-Listing inspection is completed on a home and the homeowner is willing to fix any items of significance prior putting the property on the market, the home will sell for more money.

Your client is purchasing a new home, whether it is new construction or a resale, a competent home inspection company should be retained to inspect the home that is being purchased.  May times we are told, “I am purchasing a new home why should I get it inspected?”  Well when we explain what we find even on new construction regarding defects, the client is happy to us Waypoint to perform these new construction inspections.  If you are purchasing a resale, it is even more important that a thorough home inspection be completed.

Waypoint Property Inspections East, LLC has been performing home inspections in Southeast Florida for over 12 years and 10,000 home inspections.  We pride ourselves in providing a thorough and competent home inspection.  Let us help  you or your client made an educated decision on the purchase of their new home.


Why Radon Inspections Are Important in South Florida

Waypoint Property Inspections East, LLC has become licensed through the Florida Department of Health to provide our clients with the opportunity to have a Radon inspection completed in conjunction with their home inspection.  This can also be completed for current homeowner if they want to find out of they have a Radon issue in their home.

Radon is a gas that is odorless and tasteless.  When you breathe in air that contains Radon, you increase your chances of contracting lung cancer.  The Surgeon General of the United States has stated that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer today.  The EPA has also provided updated statistics regarding radon and it’s health effects.

EPA Risk Assessment for Radon in Indoor Air
EPA has updated its estimate of the lung cancer risks from exposure to radon in
indoor air. The Agency’s updated risk assessment, EPA Assessment of Risks from
Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003, June 2003), is available at http://www.epa.
gov/radon/pdfs/402-r-03-003.pdf as a downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF file. EPA’s
reassessment was based on the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) report on the
Health Effects of Exposure to Radon (BEIR VI, 1999). The Agency now estimates
that there are about 21,000 annual radon-related lung cancer deaths, an estimate
consistent with the NAS Report’s findings.

Waypoint Property Inspections East, llc is happy to help you determine if the home that you are buying, selling or just living in is truly a Healthy Home.  Give us a call at 561.676.0546 to schedule your radon test today.

Why You Should Have a Home Inspection

You have made a decision to purchase a new home. Whether it is a condominium on the intercoastal in Boca Raton, a equestrian home in Wellington to keep your horses on, a townhome in Coral Springs, the dream beach cottage in Jupiter or a home in Boynton Beach to escape to on weekends, you need to know all there is to know about this new home.

You have friends and family that have their own opinion about home inspections and whether they are worth the money and effort. This is your home and the fact is, the answer is yes. they are worth the time and money. You are making what may be the largest purchase in your lifetime. Three or four visits to the house will get you familiar with the layout, the property and give you a chance to come up with decorating ideas.

It does not tell you whether or not the electrical system is correctly wired, if there is a problem in the attic because there is a leak in the roof, the shower in bathroom #4 needs a new control stem in the shower or there is a structural crack in the exterior wall of the garage. Your brother’s friend who has had a summer job working construction in Boynton Beach is not qualified to tell you what needs attention in your home. We are home inspectors and that is all we do.

A qualified and licensed home inspector can provide you with a written report that may save you a lifetime of headaches and countless amounts of money.

The video is a brief explanation a home inspection.  Once you have watched this, please give a call or send us an email so that we can schedule your home inspection.