Radon Testing is something that has been happening in more and more real estate transactions. Because of that we wanted to share with you some information about what Radon is, how you can test for it, and how you can correct the radon levels in your home if they are high.
What is Radon?
*Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.
Should you test for radon?
*Testing is the only way to know your home’s radon levels. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon. It typically takes years of exposure before any problems surface. The US EPA, Surgeon General, American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and National Safety Council recommend testing your home for radon because testing is the only way to know your home’s radon levels.
Radon is a national environmental health problem. Elevated radon levels have been discovered in every state. The US EPA estimates that as many as 8 million homes throughout the country have elevated levels of radon. Current state surveys show that 1 home in 5 has elevated radon levels.
We at the Fry Group would recommend using a professional for any Radon testing you are looking to do.
We would recommend this based off our personal experience with an inaccurate read on a mail-order home test that put our radon levels over double what is considered safe.
After questioning the results we called our longtime colleague, Brian Snowberg with Heartland home inspections and he came and conducted a 2-day test that had results showing the radon level in our home was actually below what is recommended.
We have been working with Heartland Home Inspections for over 25 years and would highly recommend him if you would like to test the radon levels in your home.
Can you fix the problem?
*If your home has high concentrations of radon there are ways to reduce it to acceptable levels. Most radon problems can be fixed by a do-it-yourselfer for less than $500. If you want or require the assistance of a professional you may wish to look at the list of certified radon mitigators for Minnesota
If you have any questions about Radon levels in your home please contact us and we can help guide you in the right direction!
*Info from http://www.radon.com/radon_facts/