Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Radon comes from the radioactive decay of Uranium, which is present in all rocks, soils and earth materials. The radon gas can move freely through soil, enabling it to enter the atmosphere or seep into buildings such as houses. This gas breakdown and decay are able to be tested and should be included in home inspections.
Radon can only be detected by its radiation signature. It is impossible to walk into a house you want to buy and tell whether it has radon or not. Every home has radon, the concern is what levels the radon has reached. Your neighbor may have had a radon test but that does not mean your house has the same levels. It can be drastically different from home to home. Many factors come into play. Think about the soil underneath the home. It can move from granite to limestone in a matter of feet. With radon being colorless, odorless, and tasteless you need to test for this radioactive gas.
Think about the health benefits and peace of mind. If you need a radon mitigation system it’s actually a lot less than you think. The solution to a very serious problem can range from $700-$1600 dollars. If you do decide to mitigate radon in the home you just did two amazing things. One: you have protected your family and anyone else who may purchase the property, secondly: you have built value into your new home. I am sure your realtor can note the new system and add it into the price of the home when you go to sell. I think it’s a great feature to present when selling the home. We encourage you to read articles and ask questions. Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in non-smokers. Feel free to contact us with any questions. We would love to add our radon test to your next home inspection.