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3 Reasons for a Radon Inspection

Radon can’t be that bad – can it?

When it comes to maintaining a safe and healthy living environment, we often think of factors like air quality, water purity, and structural integrity. However, the hidden danger of radon gas found in many homes often goes unnoticed. Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas that can seep into homes from the ground which can cause significant health issues over time.

  1. Radon is the #1 Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers
    Radon gas is formed naturally through the decay of uranium in soil, rocks, and water. It can enter a home through foundation cracks, pipe gaps, and other openings. Once inside, radon can accumulate to high levels and pose serious health risks. Prolonged exposure to elevated levels ofradon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is responsible for thousands of deaths each year.
  2. 1 in 15 homes Test Positive for Radon
    Without proper testing, radon cannot be detected because of its odorless and invisible nature.  According to the American Lung Association, 1 in 15 homes test positive for radon and pose great health risks with long-lasting effects such as lung damage and lung cancer. If you live, or are looking at moving to an area with radon potential, it’s important to schedule regular radon home inspections with a licensed radon inspector in order to take the next step towards a mitigation solution.
  3. Disclosure Requirements
    Regardless of geographic location or construction type, the silent nature of radon can be present in homes. This poses a great concern for both home buyers and sellers alike. Though most states do not require radon disclosure from home sellers, it’s important to learn what your state requires or recommends. Talking to a licensed real-estate agent is a good first start to finding out more.


Now that I know about radon, what’s next?

Licensed Radon Inspection: It’s important to hire a licensed home inspector or radon professional to conduct an assessment that can interpret the results accurately.


Understanding EPA Recommendations

Radon concentration is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that levels of 4 pCi/L require mitigation. However, even levels below 4 pCi/L post some risk and should be considered for mitigation measures as well.



Types of Radon Testing

The EPA recommends one category of testing for homeowners or occupants, and another for real estate transactions. “A Citizen’s Guide to Radon,” and “Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon” provides valuable guidance and can be found at www.epa.gov/radon/publications-about-radon.


Prioritizing Health and Safety

In order to prioritize the health and safety of your loved ones, it is vital to address the potential threat of radon gas in your home.  Schedule a radon inspection with Shine On Home Inspection today!  Don’t underestimate the hidden dangers of radon—take action now and shine a light on the safety of your home.  Your home will thank you later!

Sources:   lung.org/blog/how-to-protect-from-second-cause-lungcancer   •   lung.org/blog/high-radon-levels   •   epa.gov/sites/default/files/2016-12/documents/2016_consumers_guide_to_radon_reduction.pdf   •   epa.gov/sites/default/files/2016-12/documents/2016_consumers_guide_to_radon_reduction.pdf


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