When you’re in the process of buying or selling a home, we highly recommend asking for a radon test in addition to the home inspection. Many homeowners and shoppers are unaware of the harmful effects of radon, but this odorless, colorless radioactive gas is found throughout the United States in homes of all ages. Here, we share why every buyer and seller should be concerned about radon, and how to ensure that the house you’re interested in is radon-free.
The EPA recommends a radon test before your move-in date. This substance is undetectable without conducting a test, and prolonged exposure can lead to serious health problems, including cancer. Although radon can be found both indoors and outdoors, high measurements indoors can occur as the gas accumulates in a limited space. Since radon is known to cause ill effects, it’s wise to test the levels in your home-to-be. Even if a high measurement is discovered, steps can be taken to mitigate the problem.
Who to Contact
Radon is found in homes throughout the United States, and Colorado is no exception. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, harmful radon levels have been identified in all areas of our state.
Home inspection services vary, but in general, most inspection companies do not offer radon testing. If you’d like to work with a professional radon testing and mitigation company, reach out to your state’s radon department. If the radon professional discovers a level of 4 pCi/L or higher, steps should be taken to reduce the level before closing and moving in. In addition to sealing cracks in the foundation and other areas of the property, an updated ventilation system should be installed according to the inspector’s recommendations.
Additional Factors to Consider
There are several radon myths to be aware of before you decide for or against professional testing. Many homeowners and shoppers believe that if other houses in the neighborhood are radon-free, that their home will be, too. However, this isn’t the case: radon levels often vary significantly, even between houses on the same street. Additionally, you may have heard that unhealthy radon levels only exist in certain regions of the country. While it’s true that some states tend to have higher levels, any neighborhood could be a hidden source of this harmful substance. If you’d prefer to have peace of mind that comes with a radon test, be sure to ask your home inspection company if they offer this valuable service. For your convenience, we offer radon testing and warranty inspections in addition to the standard home evaluation.
Purchasing a home is an exciting step, but it’s crucial to protect your investment and health. When you’re ready to schedule a home inspection and radon testing, we’re here to help. Our team at Homerun Inspection has served the Denver area for more than 20 years, and we offer a comprehensive set of skills to ensure a thorough property evaluation. When you’re ready to get started, please reach out to our team.