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Why Should I Hire a Radon Inspector?


By ProMatcher Staff



1. Breathing elevated levels of radon significantly increases your risk of lung cancer.

Did you know that radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year? Radon is actually the second leading cause of lung cancer. Each year, more people die from lung cancer (as a result of radon) than die from drunk driving, drownings, and home fires combined.

2. Nearly 1 in 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels.

You may not think this is an issue for your area of the country, but elevated radon levels have been found in homes in every state. Your house could be one of them!

3. Radon is invisible, odorless, and tasteless.

The only way to confirm that there's a radon problem is to have your home tested. You and your family could be breathing air with high concentrations of radon right now, and you would have no idea.

4. Radon can enter your home in a variety of ways.

Radon can seep into your home through walls, flooring, foundation cracks, and mortar joints. It can even enter through the water supply or your sump pit. A testing professional can help you find the point of entry.

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5. Having your house tested can simplify real estate transactions.

Selling your house can be a difficult process. Imagine how frustrating it would be to a discover a radon problem during the final home inspection. After months of preparing and negotiating with buyers, this is the last thing you want. Unfortunately, this is not a problem you can solve overnight. In most cases, you would need to install a radon mitigation system and order follow-up testing.

Save time by having your home tested now. If you end up needing a mitigation system, this is a feature of your home that you can advertise to potential buyers. They can have peace of mind knowing that the problem has been handled properly.

6. Radon can also have an impact on your pet’s health.

The members of your (human) family are not the only ones at risk. Radon can also have an effect on your beloved pets! It can affect the lungs of your animals in the same way that it affects humans. Your pets, who likely stay home all day, could be in danger.

7. DIY Radon test kits can be unreliable.

The results of a DIY radon test can be inaccurate, especially with short term test kits. Short term testing only provides a brief snapshot of a home’s radon levels. Long term tests, that may take up to 3 months, tend to be more accurate.

8. Radon levels can change. Even if you’ve tested in the past, it’s probably worth doing again.

Radon levels tend to fluctuate throughout the year. If your home has already been tested, that doesn't necessarily mean that you're out of the woods. For that reason, the EPA recommends that you test your home every two years.

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