There are many things that home inspectors will check for. One of those things is often radon levels. After all, the purpose of a home inspection is to identify problems with a property prior to the purchase. Therefore, a radon test should be a part of any comprehensive home inspection. But, why?
For people who know their periodic table of elements, you may be aware that radon is an element. It’s one of the Noble Gasses, which means it may not be very chemically reactive, but it is an odorless, colorless gas and it is highly radioactive and very dangerous. The American Cancer Society sites radon gas as the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, accounting for 21,000 deaths each year (by comparison, secondhand smoke is attributed to 7,000).
Based solely upon that information, you probably have your mind made-up about radon—you’re probably thinking it’s bad news—and you’re right. So, what can you do about it? Radon mitigation is a method through which people in a structure have the possible level of exposure to the gas reduced.
A properly installed radiation mitigation will help protect your family, friends, and visitors from this dangerous gas.
A radon mitigation system will probably cause a slight increase in the electricity bill because most mitigation systems require electricity to run a fan in the basement or in a radon-contaminated area of the property. The fans typically used in the mitigation process require small amounts of energy: 50 watts or less. If the mitigation system is not properly installed, the fans can be noisy, but this can be easily fixed by someone who specializes in installing these systems.
It’s very important that a radon mitigation system is installed correctly and, of course, working properly. If these needs are met, it will decrease the levels of radon in the home or structures, making them much safer to live or work in. But if the system is not installed or functioning properly, you are at risk. For this reason, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends choosing a qualified radon mitigation contractor who is specifically licensed, certified, and insured for installing these solutions.
The advantages of radon mitigation far outweigh the disadvantages. There is overwhelming evidence that radon poses significant risks to homeowners and their families. Most people agree that the peace of mind of breathing clean air in their home and keeping friends, families and visitors safe makes it a no-brainer.