Should You Worry About Radon? Do You Need a Radon Inspection?
Yes, we do provide radon inspections so we "have a bias" but radon is a legitimate issue - not something to be dismissed. The EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month because radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the US! Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. The EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to test their homes for radon to protect their health.
What is Radon? Do I Need a Radon Inspection?
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and chemically inert radioactive gas. It is formed by the natural radioactive decay of uranium in rock, soil, and water. It's in all 50 states and radon testing is the only way of telling how much radon is present. So, yes - you need a radon inspection.
4 Times to Get a Radon Inspection:
Although it is most common to get a home tested for radon during your initial home inspection, there are at least four other times it is recommended to get a stand-alone radon test, or a radon inspection without a total home inspection. The following four scenarios warrant a radon test:
- Your living space changes: for example, you decide to finish a basement for a rec. room, bedroom or another area that will get substantial use.
- You made any structural changes, alterations or changes in the HVAC system: these changes affect airflow and can change radon levels in the home.
- You start spending more time at home: if you go from being at work all day and only spending time at home from 6pm-6am, to a transition to working from home and now being there 24 hours a day - it's important to test radon levels.
- You start smoking: smokers are almost 10 times more likely to get lung cancer when exposed to various levels of radon than non smokers (see chart). If you are a smoker, it is critical to identify and reduce high levels of radon in your home.
Testing for it is the only way of telling how much is present.” Scary Facts: Radon IS real. It is a radioactive gas that kills one person every 25 minutes in the US alone.
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