Here at Framework, I not only appreciate your business, but most of all, I care about your health and safety. For this reason, I have teamed up with a few of the best radon testing companies in the area. When you schedule your home inspection with Framework Home Inspections, make sure to include a radon test for the property. I use these companies so I can focus solely on your home inspection, and allow the radon experts to focus solely on the radon testing. Not only does this save time for everyone at the inspection, but it also gives you the peace of mind knowing that all services are being performed by a licensed and trained professional relative to their field.
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"What you need to know about Radon and your new home."
Why you need a Radon Test performed on your property
Your health and safety are my top priority. For this reason, I want to share with you some important information about a potentially dangerous element know as radon. To spare you much of the technical terminology and save you valuable time, I will briefly discuss the important points about radon.
What is Radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell or taste. According to U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona (2005):
“Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the county. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques."
How does Radon enter my house?
Radon is released from the ground and enters a home through cracks in walls, basement floors, foundations and other openings. Radon can be found everywhere but mostly in small concentration. Once it is trapped indoors, it may build up to dangerous levels.
When does Radon become dangerous?
Radon has been found at elevated levels in homes in every state. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that nearly one out of every fifteen homes in the United States has unsafe indoor radon levels.
Your home can have elevated levels of radon while your neighbor's home does not. Testing is the only way to determine if you have a problem. Radon testing is easy and inexpensive, and it could save your life. Thousands of lung cancer deaths could be avoided each year if homes with elevated radon underwent changes to reduce radon pollution.
What are the health effects of Radon?
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, responsible for thousands of deaths each year. Exposure to radon causes no immediate symptoms, but the long-term threat of lung cancer is significant to everyone. People who have never smoked make up approximately 2,900 of the estimated 21,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year. Smoking and radon exposure can separately increase the risk of lung cancer. But if you smoke, know that exposure to both greatly enhances the risk of lung cancer.
Radon contingency for real estate transactions
If you are buying a home, be sure to include a radon contingency to your offer to purchase, stating the maximum level of radon that is acceptable to you. If tested levels are above that figure, you should have the right to back out of the contract with no penalties. Many standard forms contain a radon contingency addendum that can be added to your offer to purchase.
For more information on radon and its role in real estate transactions, please click the provided link titled "Radon Testing Guidelines for Real Estate Transactions".
Can Radon levels be lowered to acceptable levels?
Yes, reliable techniques exist for reducing radon levels in homes. Radon mitigation systems have developed to the point that virtually any home can be fixed by a trained radon contractor. Once it has been determined that a property is in need of a mitigation system, the property owner should immediately contact a licensed or certified radon mitigation contractor to reduce the radon levels. The contractor will determine the appropriate radon reduction method needed for the property and install the system. Most systems can be installed in less than a day. Once installation is complete, a retest will be performed to determine the new levels of radon in the area.