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  • Writer's pictureCade Turner

All Things Radon Testing

What is radon testing?

It’s one of the most common questions in the home inspection industry. There are so many things to remember and keep track of, and while they are all important, radon testing is among the most crucial.

The EPA defines radon as a “naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer.” It’s one of the more dangerous things in the home because you cannot see it or smell it. You will only know it's there if you have the home tested. Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium, which is found in nearly all soil types. It typically moves up through the ground, into the air, and ends up in your via cracks or other holes in the foundation.

High Radon Levels In Your Home

So, you’ve had your radon test and it’s come back as high. While you do need to address the problem, know that you are not alone. According to the American Lung Association, one in fifteen homes in the country have dangerously high levels of radon.

You need to contact a radon removal contractor to help correct the problem. If you need help finding someone, you can use this link to find someone in your area. Depending on the severity of the radon levels, you might be away to do some DIY, including sealing foundation crafts, improving your home’s ventilation, and creating room pressurization with fans. The EPA recommends using a radon mitigation system. A radon mitigation system consists of a vent pipe, fan and correctly sealing cracks. It will also collect radon gas from underneath the foundation and direct it to the outside of your home.

Signs of Radon Poisoning

Even though you can’t see it or smell, Radon Poisoning, which may lead to lung cancer, is very real. Here is a short list of symptoms to watch out for. If you feel like you, or anyone else in your home might be affected, seek immediate medical attention.

  • persistent cough

  • coughing up blood

  • wheezing

  • shortness of breath

  • hoarseness

  • chest pain, especially when you cough or laugh

  • frequent infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia

As a home inspector, I cannot recommend enough having your home tested, when both selling and buying. It’s not a surprise anyone likes to get or give. Addressing the problem usually starts at $1,000 and only goes up from there. As part of my company and services, I am able to radon testing for you. You can book an inspection online. Reach out if you have any questions about radon testing, mold or meth inspections, and of course, all things home inspections.

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