Radon in the home can cause significant health issues to both people and pets. One of the more important things that a professional home inspector looks for when conducting real estate inspections is harmful gas. There are a few important things for all homeowners to understand about radon, including what you need to know and when to test your home.

What Is Radon?

According to the Environmental Protection Association, radon is a “cancer-causing, radioactive gas.” It occurs naturally, usually in harmless amounts, and is created from the breakdown of uranium in the soil or rocks in a particular area. Radon enters the home through cracks in the windows and floors and can slowly build up.

Over time, breathing in even smaller amounts of radon can get into the lungs, causing damage and often cancer. This is why it’s important to ensure that your home is radon-free.

How Do I Test For Radon?

Radon testing is completed by a professional — someone who will bring in a sensitive detector and investigate every room in the home, paying particular attention to crawl spaces and basements. These places are where radon typically collects.

If higher levels of radon are detected (4 pCi/L or more, according to the EPA) in your home, you have options. You may have a vent, fan, and filter installed to pull the radon from indoors and direct it outside. If the water supply is contaminated by radon, the risk levels are lower, but you’ll still wish to have a water filter or some other type of water treatment installed. If you suspect that radon is coming from the main water supply, alert the provider immediately.

Furthermore, a professional handyman can install a radon detection kit into the home, giving early detection for higher radon levels.

How Real Estate Inspections Can Help

Real Estate Inspections can help both buyers and sellers discover potential issues with the condition of any home, plus tips on how to best address problems. With a comprehensive team of professionals, you’ve to get more than one set of eyes. For more information about our radon testing services, contact Real Estate Inspections today!

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