Radon Testing, is it a Luxury or A Necessity?
Radon is a naturally occurring gas in our environment. It comes from uranium and radium in soils. It can be found everywhere in the world. Radon gas can easily move up through the soil into the atmosphere, to find its way in your home.
Nearly one out of every 15 homes is estimated to have elevated radon levels. When radon enters the home, it decays into radioactive particles that have a static charge. According to the Surgeon General, high level presence of radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. Surgeon General. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends testing of all homes.
You cannot see, taste, feel or smell radon. The only way to see if your home contains radon is to test for its presence. Millions of Americans tested their homes for radon, and you should too! Radon gas can seep into a home from the soil through dirt crawlspaces, cracks in the foundation and walls, floor drains, pipes and sump pumps. Radon can enter any home, old or new, even those with no visible cracks. Each building is unique, and the ground beneath it is also unique. Two houses side-by-side can have totally different radon levels. The only way to know what the radon levels are inside your home is to measure them. Radon also can enter a home through the well water. If your water contains high levels of radon, the radon gas escapes into the household air when the water is running. The EPA says, “The radon in your water supply poses an inhalation risk and an ingestion risk. Research has shown that your risk of lung cancer from breathing radon in air is much larger than your risk of stomach cancer from swallowing water with radon in it.” https://www.epa.gov/radon#index6
The fee for a test ranges from $115.00 on up. The test results ALWAYS will show some radon – as we mentioned it is a natural gas in our environment. The EPA recommends however to take action to reduce indoor radon levels when levels are 4.0 pCi/L or higher. A radon test takes more than a day to get trustworthy results.
Premier Home Inspections prints a full report at site after finishing a test. Our client receives a digital pdf of the full report with the results and recommendations. When your home is high with radon gas, you will need to place a mitigation system that has to be installed by a licensed company. We can advise you with that.
Premier Home Inspections believes radon testing is a necessity! We also recommend to test for radon every few years since the level of radon can fluctuate over the years!
For more information on radon visit: https://www.epa.gov/radon/basic-radon-facts