As a homeowner or buyer, one thing that should never be overlooked is radon testing. This year, for National Radon Action Month, we at AmeriSpec want to highlight what radon is and why radon testing for your Minnesota home is imperative.
What is Radon?
Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that comes from the soil. As a gas, radon can decay into radioactive particles that can damage lungs, and overtime can contribute to lung cancer.
An estimated 21,000 people in the United States alone die from lung cancer due to radon exposure. Due to the nature of radon, it cannot be seen or smelled, meaning that radon testing is the only way to check if radon is present in your home in unsafe levels.
Why Do I Need Radon Testing as a Homeowner/Homebuyer?
While last year showed a record decrease in the number of radon tests done during the home buying process, this is not a trend we hope continues. Radon testing is the only way to know if your new home has unsafe levels of radon.
Specifically, in Minnesota, the average radon level is more than three times higher than the national average, leaving 2 out of 5 homes with high and unsafe radon levels. Due to the high levels of radon statewide, we recommend that radon testing be performed as part of your new home inspection and then every 2-3 years afterwards so you can always trust that your home is safe.
Unsafe levels of radon can be mitigated, making your current or new home safe for you and your loved ones. Testing early and regularly can save homeowners and homebuyers money while also ensuring that they remain safe from radon caused lung cancer.
It is always best to know about any issues within your home early, that way they can be mitigated for less money, with less hassle, and with less risk to the health of those living there.
Choose AmeriSpec for Radon Testing
At AmeriSpec, all of our inspectors are Licensed Radon Measurement Specialists. We strive to perform the best and most accurate radon testing available to keep you and your loved ones safe in your home. Our radon testing is a 48-hour process that uses equipment from Radalink, a trusted manufacturer of radon monitoring systems.
Give AmeriSpec a call today at 952-854-5110 or contact us to learn more about what we can do for you!