Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that is exists in virtually all soils. Typically, radon exists is very low levels in the air we breathe every day. When radon gas enters a home, it becomes trapped and long levels of exposure may cause lung cancer. Radon can find its way into a home by seeping through the pores of concrete or slipping through gaps in the walls or flooring.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends every house in the United States be tested for radon regardless if they are in an area more prone to radon. Receiving a radon inspection is a safety precaution as long-term exposure can be dangerous. A radon inspection is also important when buying a house because if there is a need for a radon mitigation system, it can be quite costly and may need to be negotiated under a real estate contract.
At Verner Inspection Services we perform a short-term radon test. This will give the buyer an insight if there are high levels of radon in the house. During our inspection, our radon inspection devices are typically placed in a basement or whatever room is closest to the ground. For the most accurate results, we recommend all windows and doors be closed. Should elevated levels of radon be found, it is suggested that a long-term test be conducted.
If a short-term radon inspection test measures 4 PicoCuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher, the EPA recommends doing a secondary long-term radon test. A long-term test will give you more accurate information. While elevated levels of radon in your home or a home you are purchasing can be cause for concern, there is no need to panic as there are several measures you can take to lower these levels.
If the levels of radon are only slightly above risk:
If more serious levels of radon are detected:
At Verner Inspection Services we will work with you to figure out which solution is best for your home.
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