Although homeowners realize that radon can be a household issue they must contend with, many don't know what it actually is or how it can seep into their home.
Radon is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas that has the ability to permeate through a home from its foundation, flooring and roof. It can also enter the home through a tainted water supply and uranium-enriched building materials.
It is estimated that one in 15 homes have an unsafe amount of radon, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The only way to determine if your home has radon in it is by scheduling a radon testing. Although testing the entire home is best, most experts recommend evaluating the space below the third floor. Alban Inspections uses the Radalink Radon TeleMonitor for short-term or pre-sale inspections and Alpha-track testers for long-term sales (defined as over 90 days on the market).
After these assessments are completed, a full disclosure of all information is reported to both Alban inspectors and the homeowners or realtor.
The EPA recommends that homeowners test for radon every two years to ensure that there are no new levels in the home, or that the present levels are not above 4 picocuries per liter.
The EPA also recommends testing if:
- Alterations to the home are made that could change the ventilation pattern
- An addition has been built on the home
- If significant blasting or construction is completed near the home
- Major cracks appear in the foundation walls or slabs
Exposure to radon in a home is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Schedule an appointment with Alban Inspections today to learn more about radon testing or other home issues such as mold growth and lead paint exposure.
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