When & Why to Have Your Home Tested for Radon

You’ve likely heard of radon and radon testing. But what is radon and when should you test for it? As experts in radon testing for Burnsville and the surrounding areas, we are here to answers these very questions. And, when you require professional radon testing, contact us and we will be happy to perform one for you. 

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What is Radon?

Radon is a gas that decays into radioactive particles. These particles are airborne, entering the typical home through gaps at beams and connection points, as well as cracks and fissures in unfinished basement walls. These fissures allow for something of a constant bombardment from radon to the average home owner and their family. Radon entering your home via lower level gaps, can also seep up into upper levels of the home, and can ultimately cause harm to you and your family.

Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless. You may never know that it is a problem in your home until you have radon testing done.

When Should Radon Testing be Performed?

It does not matter what your house is made of, what kind of soil it sits on, whether or not it has a basement or even whether or not your neighbor’s home tested negative for radon. The only way to know for sure if your home is safe is to have professional radon testing done.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that if you are buying or selling a home, to have it tested for radon. “For a new home, ask if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the home has been tested.” Similarly, if you build an addition or perform major work on your first level, you should have it tested for radon. With radon as a legitimate concern, you should consider having a professional conduct testing and take action based on those results. There are some fixes you can do on your own and there are many great techniques that can be integrated into your renovation. 

The tiniest of wall exposures can openly invite radon into the home. If the radon testing yields a radon positive result, you can take simple steps to alleviate radon from within your home. Radon is present virtually everywhere across the world, so your lower level is quite likely harboring at least a small level of this silent killer. Radon particles damage lung tissue, and can potentially cause lung cancer. This is why it is important to test for radon in your home and take the necessary steps to solve any radon issues you may have.

Are you in need of radon testing for your Burnsville area home or business? Call AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service at 952-854-5110 or you can Contact Us.