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What is Radon Testing and Why Do I Need It?

What is Radon Testing

Practically any home can have an issue with radon whether it is an older or newer home, a  well-insulated home, or a home with or without a basement. According to the American Lung Association, radon is found in 1 of every 15 homes throughout the United States. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. We encourage you to test your home for high levels of radon. After all, we want you to be able to enjoy your new home without having to worry about the risks of the unknown.   

What is Radon Testing

Radon testing measures the amount of radon levels in a home. Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, radioactive gas that is measured in picocuries per liter (pC i/L.). When a home is at, or exceeds, 4 picocuries per liter, it is considered to have high levels of radon. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that you consider installing a radon mitigation system.

One of our service technicians will place radon testing equipment inside your home and email you the test results once they have been processed. If there are elevated radon levels, a radon mitigation system can lower radon to acceptable levels inside your home.

When you test your home for radon you allow yourself to have peace of mind knowing you’re your family’s health and safety are protected.   

Why do we test for Radon?

According to the EPA, there are approximately 58 lung cancer-related deaths a day. Testing your home is an effective way to determine if your home has a radon problem and if it is a safe place for you and your family to occupy.

Radon can enter your home at any time through several entry points.  Some entry points include cracks in the foundation, basement walls, and floors. Sump pumps, basement drains, and spaces between gas or water fittings can also allow radon to get in your home. Additional openings also include gaps in suspended floors and cavities within walls.

If You are Selling a Home…

The EPA suggests that you schedule a radon test before placing it on the market. Also If it is necessary, lower your radon levels. It’s not hard to sell a home with radon if you inform potential buyers. Taking the steps needed to reduce radon issues, such as adding a radon mitigation system to the house, can even add value to your home.

If You Are Buying A Home …

Are you considering buying a home? The EPA suggests that you ask the current homeowners if they have had the home tested for radon.  You should also ask for  copy of their test results before making an offer its has.  If the home has not been tested, scheduling a radon test would be in the best interest of your family’s wellbeing and contentment.  

How Can I Make Sure My Family Isn’t at Risk?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recommends taking the necessary precautions to reduce high levels of radon in your home to protect your family from an increased risk of lung cancer such as:

• Avoid smoking in your home. Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer from radon.
• Keep your home ventilated by opening windows and using fans and vents to circulate air.
• If your home has elevated Radon levels, re-test your home after repairs have been made to make sure the problem is fixed.

We suggest having your home retested at least every two years. Regularly scheduled radon testing will help keep you and your family informed and safe. Request a radon test today when you book a home inspection with 4U Inspection Services.


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