Should I pay extra to have my home tested for radon during the inspection?

As someone who recently sold a home and is in the process of purchasing a new home, I find it somewhat exasperating that there are no requirements to test a home for radon during the whole house inspection.  While a home is tested for everything else under the sun, radon – a radioactive gas that is found in 1 in 15 homes in the U.S. and causes lung cancer – is not tested for.  So the question remains, in the process of buying or selling a home, should you test for radon? 

 

The short answer is yes.  When you are buying a home, making sure that it is safe for you and your family is of prime importance. It’s not just critical for your health; it’s also vital to ensure that the home is a sound investment. As you go through your inspection process, your agent may recommend an inspection for radon.  Many home inspectors add radon testing to the services they offer – or you can call the area’s only locally-owned, state-licensed radon mitigation specialist, Radon Systems of Indiana (RSI) who will work with a third-party testing facility to provide accurate radon testing.

 

A radon inspection is quite simple.  There are several different types of testing devices.  The most common and easiest to use is a special charcoal canister that is placed in the home for a period of time – usually 48 hours. The canister, which absorbs radon from the air, is then sent to a qualified laboratory where the radon concentrations can be determined.  RSI employs the canister method because it allows for third-party testing, ensuring the most reliable results.  If the test results are over the EPA’s action level of 4 pci/l, you have several options. You can ask the buyer to hire a specialist to install a radon mitigation system, you can pay to have one installed yourself, or you can pass on the home.  The only thing you can’t do is nothing.  This is about your health and the health of those that spend time in your home. 

 

Whether you have a just want to test your home, have a current problem, or want to take charge of your indoor air quality before an issue arises, RSI can help.  RSI works with owners of single-family homes, commercial buildings, multi-family residences, and everything in between.  Call 812.842.0728 or visit www.RadonSystemsIndiana.com.comtoday and schedule a free estimate.  You and your family deserve this peace of mind. 

 

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