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Yes, if you’re thinking of buying a home  we think having a test for Radon conducted is extremely important! While many people may say you don’t need it, we strongly disagree.

What is Radon?

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas which causes approximately 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.   The US EPA estimates that as many as 8 million homes throughout the country have elevated levels of radon. Current state surveys show that 1 home in 5 has elevated radon levels.

Who Can Test for Radon?

Normally a test for radon is conducted by your home inspector during the home inspection. However, it is not a standard part of the inspection so if you’re interested in having a radon test done you need to be sure to order it from your home inspector in addition to the regular inspection.  Prices vary so be sure to ask your home inspector for an exact quote.

What Happens If Elevated Levels Are Found In The Home I’m Thinking of Buying?

If we represent you and elevated levels of radon were found during the inspection, we would ask the sellers to mitigate the issue as part of the inspection repair negotiations.  Radon mitigating equipment can be installed for as little as $600 in many cases and should bring the levels within an acceptable range.

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