If you are in the process of buying a home for the first time, then your Realtor may have mentioned to you the dangers of radon and the importance of radon testing.
Perhaps this was a little confusing. Maybe you even found yourself wondering whether or not a little radon was such a big deal.
Unfortunately, having high levels of radon in your home or the home that you are considering buying is extremely dangerous. If you would like to schedule a radon inspection, call Pro-Spect today. Our licensed radon inspectors can put your mind at ease.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is produced when uranium breaks down in soil, rocks, or water. This gas is released into the air both outdoors and inside homes. Because radon is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, humans cannot detect it without specialized equipment.
Nonetheless, elevated levels of radon in a home can give you lung cancer. Next to smoking, high radon levels is the leading cause of lung cancer in America.
This means that it is smart to start asking about a radon inspection early on in the home buying process. Ask the seller if they have had radon testing performed recently. If they have, then ask to see the official report.
If the report is a few years old or if the current owner has never had radon testing performed, then insist on having it done right away. Even if the homeowner can produce a radon testing reporting, it still makes sense to have the testing performed again.
In general, it is wise to ask for an independent third-party of your choosing to perform the radon testing. This ensures that you get accurate, unbiased results that will either put your mind at ease or warn you to look for another house to buy.
Radon testing should be a basic part of any real estate transaction. Nonetheless, it is critical that you choose an inspector who is state certified to ensure the accuracy of the results.
If the inspection reveals unusually high levels of radon in the home, then it may be possible to lower these levels. Generally, this is accomplished through a sub-slab vent system that includes an exhaust fan unit. This system effectively pulls radon gas from below the house and pipes it to the outdoors.
You may ask the home’s current owner to remediate the radon gas levels before the sale is completed. Alternatively, you may find out how much remediation will cost, and then ask to have at least this amount taken off the purchase price. As the new homeowner, you may then proceed to have the remediation done yourself.
Either way, you have the peace of mind of knowing that your new home will have normal radon levels.
Radon inspections are affordable, efficient, and easier than you might think. You can put an end to your radon concerns today with a call to Pro-Spect.
We are a local, family-owned business that treats customers like friends. Accordingly, we have a vested interest in ensuring that your home is safe and ready to occupy.
When you are ready to buy a home, ask us to perform radon testing. We also provide a full menu of other home inspection services.