Do you have RADON in your home?? Get it Tested!

We have all heard in the news of high levels of radon being found in homes.  As a real estate agent, I strongly encourage my buyers to not only get a home inspection, but to also have their potential future home tested for radon.  So you may ask, WHAT IS RADON?  Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically surfaces up through the soil to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation.  Your home traps radon inside and can over time build up inside your home.  According to the EPA, radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancers a year. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking!

I recently had my own home tested by a locally qualified radon testing company since I had heard from my neighbor that their home had tested positive with high levels of radon.  My home is less than a year old so when I purchased it, I didn’t feel there was a strong need to have a new construction home tested for radon.  The fact is, radon is present in all types of homes:  new and old homes, well-sealed homes and drafty home, homes with or without basements.  After having my own home tested, I was shocked to find that my home had a radon level 5 TIMES HIGHER than there should be in a home!

The good news about radon is there are radon reduction systems that can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%. Even dangerously high levels of radon found in your home can be reduced to acceptable levels.  It is found that 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. have elevated levels of radon and the only way for you to know is to get your home tested!

For more information on how to find a qualified radon testing company, please contact Shannon Sand.

Discussion

#1 Posted by Rena at 12/23/2013 4:15 AM
Well said Shannon! Spreading the word is so important.

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