What Home Buyers Need To Know About Radon Testing
Purchasing a new home is an exciting milestone, but don’t forget to ensure the safety and well-being of yourself and your family. Many home buyers overlook the potential for high radon levels in their new homes, but radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the US. Festa Radon hopes to educate home buyers about the importance of radon testing—here’s everything you need to know.
Why Is Radon Dangerous?
Radon gas is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and highly radioactive. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil and often creeps into homes through cracks in the foundation. Prolonged exposure to radon over several years can damage lung tissue and eventually lead to cancer.
Why Test for Radon?
Because radon has no odor, color, or taste, the only way to determine a home’s indoor radon levels is by performing a test. The testing process can help you identify whether you need to install a radon mitigation fan when you move in, should you choose to buy the home. Reducing indoor radon levels and limiting your exposure to this gas can help you avoid adverse health effects in the long term.
DIY vs. Professional Testing
There are two main methods for radon testing in homes—you can use a DIY home kit, or call a radon mitigation expert for a professional test. Each method has its advantages and drawbacks, so make the decision that works for you.
DIY Home Tests
At-home radon tests are easy to set up; just open the charcoal canister and set it on a table or shelf in your basement for 48 to 96 hours. The drawback to this method is that the tests can be finicky and provide unreliable results if they’re improperly placed. Don’t set the test kit too close to a window or door, and leave fans and air conditioning off in the testing area.
Professional Radon Testing
When you schedule the inspection for the home you wish to buy, ask the inspector to recommend a reliable radon tester or mitigation expert. Radon professionals have access to specialized and sensitive equipment that tests radon levels more accurately. The test takes between 2 and 4 hours, and you’ll get your results immediately.
Are you looking for a comfortable and safe new living space for your family? As a prospective home buyer, you need to know about radon testing to ensure long-term safety and health for your household. Perform a radon test before you decide to buy, and you’ll have the details you need to make an informed decision.