You might have considered skipping the radon test on your upcoming home inspection to save some money. Phil and the team at ProTech Home & Property Inspections, Inc. would strongly advise against doing so, because radon is hard to detect and can be deadly. Continue reading to learn more about why you should schedule your radon test today.
Difficult to Detect
Radon is exceedingly challenging to detect because it has no color and no smell. Even if the radiation is having an impact on you, you can be exposed to radon for years without knowing it. A test is the only way to definitively determine whether your home is secure.
Can Be Deadly
Radon exposure can be fatal. You are more likely to get cancer if you are exposed to radon for extended periods of time. In actuality, radon poisoning ranks top among non-smokers and is the second most common cause of lung cancer. According to the EPA, radon contamination contributes to around 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
Levels May Vary
Even though two houses were built adjacent to one another with the same materials and by the same contractor, their radon levels could vary greatly. An expert test, which should be repeated over time, is the only way to be sure that a house is radon-free. Even though testing is less necessary in a home with a radon mitigation system, it is still necessary to ensure that the system is functioning properly.
Slabs Aren’t Immune
A house may not be radon-free just because it is on a slab. In fact, slab homes have had some of the highest readings ever discovered. The idea that slab homes don’t need to be tested is a major myth. Even without a basement, radon can be found everywhere and build up on the first floor of a house.
ProTech Home & Property Inspections, Inc. provides residential and commercial inspections to Atlanta and the surrounding areas. Contact us today at (470) 592-8828 to schedule your inspection.
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