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What You Ought to Know About Radon Testing

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Some subject matter experts believe that radon isn’t dangerous. However, if you’re looking to buy or sell a home, you may not be aware of it, but radon can threaten the sale of a home and your health. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), families exposed to high radon levels in the home, happen as a result of breathing in air that comes directly through cracks or gaps in the house, causing radon to pose a risk to their health. For those looking to sell or purchase a home we suggest that you consider testing the home for radon.

How to test a home for radon

If you are looking to resolve a severe issue, such as radon, you need the right type of radon testing equipment to identify the source. Our experienced home inspectors both short-term and long-term radon tests to measure your homes’ radon levels. Each of our inspectors uses high-tech equipment for the most accurate test results.

  • Short-term radon tests –by EPA definition, are placed in the home for 48 hours. Short-term tests are used when results are needed immediately, as in real estate deals.
  • Long-term radon tests –can remain in a home for 90 days or up to a year. Long-term radon tests are used to accurately measure radon levels more consistently during different periods throughout the year.

Radon measurement results are in picocuries per liter (pCi/L). Anything exceeding 4 pCi/L is considered a threat to your family’s health. According to the EPA, you should consider utilizing radon mitigation procedures to reduce elevated levels. 4 pCi/L is used as a standard form of measurement to follow as a guideline when real estate transactions are involved. However, the EPA emphasizes that there are NO safe levels of radon gas in your home.

Can radon threaten the sale of a home?

An unaddressed radon problem is certainly not attractive to a prospective home buyer. However, it is not hard to sell a home with radon if you inform potential buyers. By taking the necessary steps to resolve reduce radon issues such as adding a radon mitigation system to the house can add value to it.

What is a radon mitigation system?

Radon reduction systems are designed to lower radon in the home. Radon mitigation happens as a result of airflow exchange. The most often used method is a vent pipe system and fan, which pulls radon from under the house and vents it to the outside.

Radon mitigation systems can vary in design and cost. Newer radon mitigation systems are equipped with a monitoring system that alerts the homeowner when service is required.

We suggest having your home retested at least every two years. Regularly scheduled radon testing will help keep radon levels low and your family safe. For more information about radon testing, contact 4U Inspection Services today. Call us at (443) 539-8710 and schedule your radon test today!

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