What is Radon?

Radon exists in the natural environment in many areas of the country. Some geologic regions produce more of the gas making radon testing almost a necessity.

Radon has become a priority topic in the real estate and home inspection industry. Home buyers have a right to know and to be educated about the hazards of radon and the likelihood of its occurrence in their home. Radon can be hazardous to a home’s indoor air quality.

Recently the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) published a radon home inspection guide. The publication is a tool to help home inspectors educate customer about the facts associated to this very controversial subject. The checklist allows a professional home inspector to include elements of a radon inspection in order to decide if radon testing by a licensed specialist is recommended.


How does it get in my home?

  • Cracks in solid floors.
  • Construction joints.   
  • Cracks in walls. (ex.sump pump).
  • The water supply.
  • Cavities inside walls.
  • Gaps in suspended floors. 
  • Gaps around surface pipes

Did you know?

  • Radon is #1 cause of lung cancer among  non-smokers.
  • Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year.
  • 1 out of every 15 homes in the US is estimated to have elevated radon levels.
  • You can’t see it, You can’t smell it, You can’t taste it.
  • The only way to know you have radon in your home is to TEST. 
 

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