Everything you need to know about Radon Home Inspection
Most homeowners in the process of buying a home ponder if radon home inspection is a necessary exercise.
The answer is a resounding yes.
Radon gas is present naturally in the air we breathe and does not pose a serious threat until it reaches above the recommended levels of four picocuries per liter (4 pCi/L). It’s produced by the natural breakdown of uranium present in the rocks and soil underneath the soil bed. Uranium breaks down into smaller particles and settles into our lungs as we inhale it in the air we breathe. Some evidences point out that the energy associated with the particles is capable to alter the DNA, thereby increasing the risk of lung Cancer. Therefore, higher levels and prolonged exposure to Radon is extremely dangerous and could lead to lung cancer. Radon gas is carcinogenic in nature and is proven to be the #1 cause of lung cancer, beating smoking which is the second leading cause.
How does Radon get into your house?
Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that enters the home through Construction joints, Floor drain, Cracks in foundation, walls and window casements into the ground floor of the home. It seeps through the ground and enters your house through cracks and holes and collects into spaces like crawlspaces and basement. Radon can build up over time until it poses a serious problem. Your home radon levels depend on the amount of uranium in the ground, the number of entry points and the ventilation in your home. EPA believes that nearly one in every 15 households has radon gas above the recommended levels and urges homeowners to take corrective measures to curb the rising levels.
Do newer houses need a Radon Test?
Radon can build up anytime, regardless of whether the home is new or old. It can build up during construction while flooring or building pipelines, or any other method we don’t know. Getting your home tested for Radon as a precautionary measure is the best way to cope with this and get ahead of the danger. We at Magnified HI offers unparallel home inspection services in West Hartford, and other Connecticut counties.
How to test for the presence of Radon in your home?
Radon tests are generally done by Home Inspectors using Radon Testing systems and if there are unusual levels of Radon present, they install a Radon Mitigation system to prevent further issues. There are, however, Radon DIY testing sets that measure levels of Radon to an extent. These aren’t very effective and are said to be limited in accuracy compared to the professional Radon Testing by Home inspectors. Professional Radon testing is the best option for the most accurate results and can be very beneficial in the real-estate situations.
Radon tests fall into two categories: Active and passive used to test the presence of Radon. There are three subtypes of passive tests that include charcoal, alpha track and electrets. While only the charcoal and the alpha tests are available in the DIY radon testing kit, the professional Radon testing also includes the passive electrets test and active test, along with other short term, long-term and continuous tests.
What to do if your house has higher levels of Radon?
Your house will be initially tested with a short-term Radon test. If the test registers a level higher than 4 pCi/L, it’s recommended to go for a further short-term test. While a long-term Radon test gives very accurate results, a short-term test gives immediate results for a real-estate transaction or for any emergency situations. If even the second test registers a level higher than the recommended value, consider taking steps to reduce the radon levels in your as per EPA suggestions.
What’s a Radon Mitigation system and how does it work?
Radon Mitigation system is mitigating your home of excess Radon levels by ventilating your home using a PVC pipes by drawing the Radon gas from the soil to out of the house. Having a vent pipe placed on a sump pit or a hole made under the concrete floor slab, is the most effective system to ventilate Radon. Moreover, there’s a special in-line Radon Glass placed under the basement to vent the gas outside of the home and out of the eaves.
Need Radon Home Inspection Services in Connecticut?
While there are several Home Inspectors in Connecticut and around who perform Radon Home Inspections, we stand apart with our high-technology procedures, certified inspectors and for our trusted services since several years. We’re handpicked and awarded as one of the best Home Inspectors in Connecticut and we prove our competence through our high quality services.
If you want to avail home inspection or radon inspection services at West Hartford,and other connecticut counties. Call us at (860) 980-0316 for an appointment.