When buying a home, there are many things to think about and to have inspected. As much as you might think, that all of these types of inspections seem to be a little much but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Just think about the what the front end precautions and inspections can detect that will save you from in the long run. For example, checking for poisonous gasses in your potential home is the most prudent and safe thing to do for you and your family’s sake.
What is radon gas?
One gas that has been found throughout homes in the U.S. is radon. This is a gas that is produced by the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil. From there it can leak into your home through cracks, holes or through the ground itself. Radon is a radioactive gas that pollutes the air you breathe and can affect any home, both old and new. Not only can it have a major impact on your air, but on your water supply as well. Radon can contaminate your tap water as well, without you even knowing it. This is more for those who are using a well for water, but for homes that have public water service, this doesn’t pose as much of a threat because your city or water provider is treating your water.
Why is radon and radon testing such a big deal?
This radioactive gas is harmful to your lungs. Did you know that radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer? It sits right behind the #1 cause, smoking and just before second-hand smoking which makes radon the number 1 cause of lung cancer for people who don’t smoke at all. Each year radon exposure is responsible for over 20,000 deaths in the US alone. Now, that is why radon and radon testing are such a big deal. You and your family’s lives depend on it.
What does a radon test involve?
When it comes to real estate transactions such as buying a home, there is only one way to test for radon. It is called an “active” test, using a Continuous Radon Monitor (CRM). This type of device requires trained professionals who manage the radon testing and can determine the results. This test takes 48 hours, and is considered a short-term test. We are such a trained professional and can take care of this test for you.
This information isn’t meant to scare homeowners or buyers. It’s ultimately to inform you of a potentially serious problem and allows you to take the action needed to check your home for radon gases. When purchasing a new home, you need to know everything about the home. Everything means structural issues, mold or mite issues, pest issues, water supply info, air quality (including other gas tests) and so much more. When taking on this investment of buying a home it’s important that you know exactly what you are buying.
Overall, the home buying process should be exciting! The best way to know that your home is safe from the outside in is by getting your home professionally inspected. Contact us to schedule your home inspection in the Greater Houston area and be sure to let us know your concerns and which inspection services you are needing other than the basic home inspection, such as termite, radon, spa/hot tub/pool, thermography or new construction phase inspections.