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Do You Need a Home Radon Inspection?

Updated on January 6, 2017

Are you in the process of buying a new home? Perhaps you are thinking about selling your home and want to be aware of any potential problems? If so, then a home inspection is a must do task. And while there are several types of inspections that can be done, one of the most important elements is that of a radon inspection.

This very specific type of inspection should be done by a company that understands its importance and will adhere to the guidelines. After all, radon is a damaging radioactive gas released sue to the breaking down of soil and rocks. Because it is an odorless gas, which can be absorbed by your home and then become part f the air you breathe when at home. Radon has been linked by the EPA to be the cause of thousands of U. S. lung cancer fatalities every year (this risk is even higher for the smoker).

Because radon is visible to the naked eye, it is important to have your home inspector run the proper test, to determine the status of a home – regardless of whether you are buying a recently built home or if they home has been there for several years. In fact, it is estimated that 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. has an elevated radon level (4 pCi/L or higher). However, proximity to a home with radon levels does not automatically mean that your home inspection will have the same high result.

If you have not had a recent radon test done as part of a home inspection and plan to sell your home in the not so distant future, then now is the time to do so. Then, when potential buyers come along you can show them the results. Some of the questions or concerns they may have include:

  • What radon inspection elements were not met.
  • When was the test performed?
  • If you have altered or renovated your home since the most recent home inspection/radon test.
  • If the buyer is planning on using a lower level of the where radon testing may not have been done, an additional test may be needed.

If one is looking to purchase a home and the radon home inspection revels a radon level of 2 or even 3, this is not a cause for concern, as in the majority of scenarios this can be corrected, not to mention it is only if the number is above 4 that you need be concerned. However, some steps that can taken to lower radon levels – if not eradicate their existence in our home are as follows:

  • Have a gas permeable layer added beneath the flooring system.
  • Plastic sheeting which is used to seal crawl spaces.
  • Sealing and caulking in below grade openings.
  • Vent Pipe - This runs from the gas-permeable layer through the house up to the roof.

Take time to ensure that your home is not on a radon watch list by talking to your home inspector about testing for radon. There are many companies who are happy to help you take this step towards breathing cleaner safer air. Take action today.

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of home inspections. One such site worth visiting is

Janet Slagell independently authors articles for, Inc. for search engine marketing. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those solely of the author, and not of any other person, company, or organization. No guarantee or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding the accuracy, fitness, or use of the content herein.


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