When Do You Need A Radon Inspection?
Radon is a gas the occurs when uranium breaks down in the soil. It can be present anywhere in the United States. So much so that your neighbor could have a home free from radon, while your home is exposed to high levels of it. That is just how unpredictable radon is. This means there are no higher risk areas in the country where homeowners need to be especially diligent. Instead, all homeowners need to inspect their home for radon, but when should this be done and how often?
Radon Inspection: Now is the Time
If your home has never been inspected for radon, the time for an inspection is right now. If radon levels are high, the exposure you get from living in your home over the years can be lethal due to radiation and development of cancers.
It is now recommended that whenever someone buys a new home, a radon inspection is part of the home inspection process. This can help potential home buyers know what they are getting into.
While the radon cannot be removed from the soil, there is a lot that one can do for radon mitigation so that the gas doesn’t affect them. However, once you have discovered relatively high radon levels in a home, even if you do make mitigation efforts, you do need to be more diligent with inspections.
If you discovered radon in a home, it is then recommended that you have an inspection done at least in the next two years following the implementation of mitigation measures. This will help make sure that the mitigation is working, and it can help you sell a radon positive home later down the line. Of course, before selling, having a radon test is also a good idea just so that you can show that everything is okay.
Call True North Home Inspection at (603) 229-2571 if you have any questions or to set up a radon inspection. Our job isn’t complete until all your questions and concerns are answered!