It is important to have a professional test your home for radon so that you know if you have dangerous levels of the gas in your home. If you are buying a house, testing the property for radon should be a top priority.
What is Radon
Radon is a gas that enters homes through cracks in the walls, floor, joints, or foundation. It is formed when elements like radium and uranium decay in the soil. While some areas have higher levels of radon, every home is susceptible to radon regardless of whether it is old or new construction.
Test Your Home For Radon For These Reasons
Prolonged Exposure to Radon Leads to Health Implications Linked To Cancer
Research shows that radon is the second highest cause of lung cancer after smoking. People who smoke and are exposed to high levels of radon are at an even higher risk. Radon can also be present in well water, which has been linked to cancers of the internal organs. If you have a well, have both your water and indoor air tested for radon.
If You Live in an Area Known For High Levels
Radon occurs naturally after some radioactive chemical elements in the underground break down. Places in the midwest and northeast have some of the highest radon levels in the country. If you live in one of these regions, you’ll need to conduct radon tests to see if mitigation is necessary. Don’t wait for the radon to affect your family’s health; instead, have your home tested for radon early so you can begin mitigation if needed.
Radon is Undetectable Unless You Test Your Home For Radon
One of the reasons to hire a professional to test your home for radon is because the gas is invisible, odorless, and tasteless. This is perhaps the scariest part about radon. Unsafe amounts of radon could exist in your home for decades and you would never know unless you test your home for radon. Having a professional perform the test eliminates user error and provides more accurate results than a cheap DIY kit.
If you are buying a home in an area like Southeast Michigan that is linked with high radon levels, it is important that you test your home for radon. If the radon levels are unsafe, you could request that the seller pay for the installation of a radon mitigation system or have one installed yourself.
The average cost of a mitigation system is about $1500, so if you can get this installed or paid for by the seller before closing, you’ll not have to pay those costs yourself as a new homeowner.
January is National Radon Action Month, so if you have never tested your home for radon or if it has been a while, now is a great time to schedule a test. Contact a local professional radon tester to report on the radon levels in your home.