Is Radon Testing Really Necessary
For all the many perks, purchasing or even maintaining home can be stressful and costly. Even with new builds, it can seem something always demands time and/or money. Understandable then that any concern about the presence of radon in the home may not be an owner’s top priority. But it’s definitely not a good strategy to forgo a radon inspection.
Bottom line…long term exposure to radioactive radon gas is extremely toxic for people. Booking a company that’s certified to perform radon testing should be on every home buyer/owner’s Must-Do List!
- What is radon gas? It’s a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas that results from the breakdown of naturally occurring uranium in soil and rocks.
- Where does radon come from? As uranium decays, it turns into radium which in turn breaks down into radon. Radon gas leaves the soil and becomes part of the air and water.
- How does radon accumulate in a home? The radioactive gas amasses where there is inadequate ventilation such as the basement level. It seeps in through openings in contact with the ground. Cracks in the foundation, small gaps around pipes and even sump basins allow radon efficient access to a home.
- Is radon dangerous? Radon generally isn’t harmful as its usually dispersed in very small amounts and dissipates. However, exposure over an extended period allows it to penetrate the lining of the lungs. Once ingested, it gives off radiation. The resulting cell damage significantly elevates the risk of developing lung cancer within 5 to 25 years. In the United States, there are approximately 15,000 to 21,000 radon lung cancer deaths each year. Radon is blamed as the second biggest cause of lung cancer behind only cigarette smoking. Smokers, navigating double risk factors, are at even greater risk.
- Is radon testing necessary? Experts say yes!! Radon is extremely difficult to detect. The only way to know if levels in your home/building falls within established guidelines it to professionally test for it. DIY tests are available but they are considered less effective. Findings indicate radon tests of less than 90 days are imprecise the majority of the time. Hence, the best way to determine radon levels in a home or building is to contract with a certified professional. FYI, if you need test results for a real estate transaction, professional testing is mandatory.
It’s Smart to Test!
- Testing for radon is a solid step to keeping your family safe and healthy
- You can use DIY radon tests. However, a professional test administered by a certified inspector is highly recommended. They certify a home/building is radon free.
- According to the Maryland Department of the Environment, Annapolis, Maryland, is located at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assigned Radon Zone 2. The rating indicates the average indoor concentration of radon in the area is 2 – 4 pCi/L.
- The Maryland Department of the Environment recommends homeowners mitigate (fix) for radon when levels are 4 pCi/L or more. Work with a professional to ensure you have accurate radon information related to your home.
- Radon mitigation costs are relatively affordable. Factors that influence the overall cost include location, design and size of the home and the type of foundation. Nationwide, mitigation averages roughly $1000.00 with the usual range between $780.00 and $1,200.
- Even with radon mitigation measures in place, it is recommended homeowners repeat testing over time to confirm these measures are working
How We Can Help
HomePro Chesapeake Home Inspections is a highly-regarded residential and commercial inspection company located in Annapolis, Maryland. It’s team of seasoned inspectors delivers high-value commercial and residential inspections in Annapolis and the surrounding area.
The company is also a recognized industry leader in radon testing services in the area. Radon inspection is offered as a component of a total home inspection or as a stand-alone service. HomePro Chesapeake Home Inspections offers the radon testing services you need to keep your house safe for everyone that calls it home. Let our experts make sure you have all the information you need to safeguard your family’s safety, health and wellness.
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