Is radon testing necessary when buying a home? The answer to this question is “Yes.” Even it is also necessary for the real estate agents to educate their clients about the big safety concern that is radon. Radon is odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas, which emits from the decaying uranium in the rock, soil, and groundwater. Breathing the radon particles can cause lung damage even it is also associated with the risk of lung cancer. In short, radon exists in all the fifty states of the U.S. and it is possible that a higher level of radon exists in your home too. To avoid the risk, it is important to hire a certified radon measurement expert like Albany, NY, home inspections to perform the testing.
The environmental protection agency (EPA) recommends that before buying a house it should be tested for radon-elevated levels. It is also recommended that the buyer should request for the radon test results from the seller, and the seller should test for radon before listing their home for sale. Professionals like Albany, NY home inspections recommends two types of test a short-term test, which takes about two days, or a long-term test which can takes months. The seller/buyer should consult with the Albany, NY home inspector to determine what kind of test is needed in their homes.
The most common entry points of radon can be concrete slabs, floor joints, electrical outlets, cracks in concrete, and gaps around the pipes. Any house, in any state, could possess an increasing level of radon and it only depends on the way the house interacts with the soil. Before purchasing, testing the house for radon is the only way to know whether the house is safe or not. Therefore, it is important for you to consult a radon measurement professional like Albany, NY home inspections before buying a new house to ensure the safety of your loved ones.
The Author Kevin Maxwell is the owner and operator of Maxwell Home Inspection Services, LLC. Kevin Maxwell is a certified Home Inspector located in Albany NY that has performed over 6000 Inspections