If you’re buying or selling a home, radon can be a significant issue. Not only are high levels of radon unsafe for your family, but they can also drive away potential buyers. Because no area is immune to radon, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that all homes be professionally tested every few years. Contact All Jersey Home Inspection to get your home tested today.
The Risks of Radon Gas
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that’s found in all 50 states. It starts in the soil and enters into a home through cracks in the foundation and poorly sealed pipes and drainage. Once it’s inside, radon builds up and can start causing dangerous health risks if left untreated, including lung cancer. It tends to collect more in low-lying areas, such as basements and first floor levels.
Because radon is undetectable to the human eye, the only way to tell if it’s there is to test for it.
How Radon Testing Works
While DIY radon testing kits are available, it’s best to leave this hazardous health threat to the professionals. All Jersey Home Inspection is fully licensed and insured and is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors to bring you trusted, accurate results. Providing test results assessed by licensed professionals ensures peace of mind whether you’re buying or selling a home, and the costs of conducting a radon test can often be folded into the cost of the house itself.
According to the EPA, anytime a home’s radon test reveals levels of 4 picocuries per liter or higher, it is deemed unsafe and requires mitigation. This usually involves sealing off the house’s radon entry points. For levels that are high but aren’t quite over that threshold, sometimes improving the building’s ventilation can help reduce the level of radon. By taking preventative steps, property owners can help avoid more serious issues in the future.
Schedule Your Radon Test Today
If you’re a NJ realtor or are looking to buy or sell in New Jersey, professional radon testing is a must. Always ask to see the most recent report and keep in mind that testing should be conducted again after renovations to the home. Contact All Jersey Home Inspection in South Plainfield, NJ by calling 908-917-0194 to schedule testing today – we offer services seven days a week and are standing by to answer your questions.