Signs are going up in yards and the housing market is buzzing again. A real estate transaction may be the first experience many have with radon testing. For those who are unaware of the dangers associated with radon exposure, this inspection can seem like just another task in the long list of items needed to close the deal. But knowing that high radon levels have been linked to higher risk of lung cancer – even for non-smokers – you realize the importance of testing to protect your family.
The American Lung Association and the U.S. Surgeon General have both confirmed that radon exposure is the 2nd-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Having your prospective new home tested is not just a smart financial move, it is good decision for your health. Because radon levels can fluctuate, testing is recommended even if the home was tested in as little as 30 days prior. In addition, homes with existing radon mitigation or removal systems should be tested to ensure the system is functioning properly.
As education and awareness of this dangerous radioactive gas and its impact on health spreads, more and more people request this test. In some areas it is required by law to complete the real estate transaction. Both buyers and sellers should educate themselves on the process and importance of having a radon inspection. You can learn more about how a radon test is conducted here.
As you settle into your new home, keep in mind that testing is recommended at least every two years, regardless of the age or type of home. Testing can help you protect your family and improve your home’s value. Having a regular radon testing and maintenance schedule can streamline the process for when you are are ready to make your next move, helping you put up that SOLD sign sooner!