Radon testing is a crucial part of a home inspection

Before purchasing a home, ensure you have inspected all possible problem areas including mold, water damage and radon.

Radon is a natural radioactive gas that can enter homes through cracks in walls, foundations and drains. According to the American Lung Association, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., and is responsible for an estimated 21,000 deaths every year.

Radon is an odorless, tasteless and colorless breakdown of uranium commonly found in soil and igneous rocks. The only way to know if you are being exposed to radon is by conducting a radon test inspection.

No, it won't cause you to develop cancer overnight or even in a few weeks. Lung cancer is a "long latency-period" type of cancer, according to Director of Environmental Health at the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. Exposure to radon can cause cancer decades after initial exposure. 

Radon particles that build up in the lungs give off low doses of radiation, which over time can become lethal. 

Numerous experts recommend testing for radon below the third floor.

Alban inspectors use the radon detector Radalink Radon Telemonitor, a continuous radon test for short-term real estate transactions. Continuous radon testing systems collect radon readings hourly. After the test is completed, Radalink faxes the complete test report to Alban and the realtor.

For a longer testing period, Alpha-track testers are used. 

Remedying a radon leak is cost efficient and necessary to secure the safety of your family. Costs can range between $800 and $1,500. 

If you would like to schedule a radon inspection call Alban inspectors at 1800-822-7200 or visit our website