Should I Test for Radon During My Home Inspection?
If you’re buying or selling your home, the EPA suggests you have it tested for radon and most top real estate agents would agree. But what is radon and is it harmful? Radon is a transparent radioactive gas that has no smell, taste, or color. When the uranium in soil and rocks decays over time, radon gas is released and forms radioactive particles. Because it’s a gas, it gets into buildings through cracks and openings in the foundation.
These particles break down into radioactive solids that attach to dust in the home where they can be inhaled. According to studies, breathing air containing unsafe levels increases your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General warns that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. Sobering, isn’t it?
The EPA recommends that you know what the indoor level is in any home you consider buying. Testing can quickly tell you if the levels are considered unsafe (4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher; radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases, can be reduced.).
We use the E-PERM electret monitor and run this passive system for 24-48 hours. Once we pick up the system, we generate a full report and email you the results the next day.
Radon Testing and Report for $130.