Radon Testing Is Important
According to the Surgeon General, Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer death behind smoking. It is estimated that twenty plus thousand people pass away from Radon related lung cancer per year.
Testing for Radon gas is recommended for all real estate transactions by the EPA. Testing for Radon is easy, mitigation is easy and highly effective, and the cost for mitigation is quite affordable. There is no reason to let it spoil a real estate transaction.
Radon is a naturally occuring gas that is present in air, soil, and water. When present in higher levels in homes, it effects air quality and can lead to occupant health related issues. Read more about Radon at the EPA website here: https://www.epa.gov/radon
Radon testing is easy. For real estate transactions, Radon tests last a minimum of 48 hours, and closed house conditions are maintained for the 12 hours preceding, and for the 48 hours during the test. Closed house conditions mean that normal coming and going through doors is fine, running HVAC systems like furnaces and air conditioners is fine. However, doors and windows must not be left open for extended periods, and whole house ventilation fans must not be ran.
Radon test reports are delivered in electronic PDF format and include hourly readings of Radon concentration, temperature, humidity, and show motion events which would indicate potential tampering.
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