Radon 101: Why Getting Your Home Tested for Radon Is in Your Best Interest

May 31, 2018

 

A home inspection isn't just for someone about to buy or sell a house; they can be invaluable for those who just want to maintain their current home. 


A home inspection can tell you whether or not you need things like roofing repair or lead paint removal. It can also be a great way to indicate whether you have radon exposure in your home.


 

What Is Radon?


Radon is a gas that's invisible to the naked eye, completely odorless, and radioactive. It's created by decaying uranium that is found in almost all soil, and even in the air (although at low levels). It isn't any reason to panic if you think your house is sitting on radioactive soil -- pretty much everyone's house is. However, it can become a problem, which is why a home inspection or radon testing is important.
 

When Is It a Problem?


Radon is virtually harmless if exposure is short-term and at low-levels. The problem occurs when radon leaks into your house and gets trapped, essentially creating a radon bubble in which you and your family live. Long-term exposure, which is what happens when it gets trapped in your house, can cause health issues such as lung cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency states that there are over 21,000 cases of lung cancer-related deaths in the United States caused by radon exposure. The EPA also states that every type of mold can potentially have adverse effects on your health, ranging in severity and sometimes leading to death. So while your inspector is testing for radon, have them look for mold too.
 

How Does Radon Leak into the House?


Radon, as stated before, is present in most soils. Which means your house sits right on top of a radon source. Which, with a good foundation and proper precautions, a house can withstand well enough. Radon is able to get into your home by leaking through the pores in concrete, but more often than not it gets into the house through gaps and cracks in the walls and floors. So not only will an inspector tell you a crack in your wall is unsafe structurally, but they'll also probably tell you it makes a nice big door for radon to enter your home. 


So whether or not you need roofing repair or radon testing, you should have your home inspected. For your safety and your family's. 


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