The Importance of Radon Testing When Buying or Selling a Home
Radon testing is one of the most important concerns whether you are buying a new home or selling your current one. Why is this so important? What do you do to ensure that it is done correctly?
Radon is an invisible radioactive gas. It has been found in homes in every part of the nation and is actually released from the soil and rock beneath your home. Therefore, it can be present even if the home in question has been taken care of very well.
Radon gas kills about 21,000 Americans each year! Radon is a common problem in Ohio homes. It is found in outdoor air and indoor air of buildings of all kinds. The EPA recommends homes be fixed if the radon level is 4 pCi/L(pico Curies per Liter) or more. Because there is no known safe level of exposure to radon, the EPA also recommends that Americans consider fixing their home for radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4pCi/L. The average radon concentration in the indoor air of American homes is about 1.3 pCi/L. The average concentration of radon in outdoor air is 0.04 pCi/L or 1/10th of EPA's 4 pCi/L action level.
Testing for radon gas is a very important part of the home buying and selling process. However, not all home inspectors offer this service. You need to know a few things in order to ensure that everyone in the equation is protected.
Radon Testing and Sellers
If you are selling your home, you need to be sure that you have it tested for radon levels. Some states require that radon levels be disclosed to new buyers, while other states do not. However, it is a good idea to test your home regardless. To avoid delays in the selling process, sellers should hire a licensed professional to conduct the radon testing.
hire a certified professional
to do the test.
Radon Testing and Buyers
If you are buying a home, you might consider having it tested for radon gas even if the seller provides test results. This is particularly true if the test shown to you by the seller is several years old. Radon gas levels change over time, and outdated test results are no protection.
To ensure that you have adequate protection from this invisible threat, you should have the home tested for radon. Some home inspectors will offer this service as an additional test. Not all inspectors offer testing though, so if you need it, you should ask specifically if the inspector is licensed in this area.
Invest Wise Home Inspections is licensed in radon testing.
Radon testing should also start on the lowest level of the home that will serve as living space at any point. For instance, if there is an unfinished portion of the basement that will be turned into a usable room, then testing should begin there and move upward through the home.
Ensuring that your home is safe is part of being a responsible buyer or seller. Protect everyone involved from this invisible threat through accurate testing.
For more information on radon, visit the Government EPA site.
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