Most homebuyers understand that before purchasing a property, a thorough home inspection is an important part of the process. However, not all buyers consider the value of a radon inspection. While this testing isn’t included in our regular home inspection, our team at ProTec Inspection Services urges you to consider adding it on, and here’s why.
Radon is an odorless, invisible gas that forms through the natural, radioactive breakdown of uranium, thorium, and radium found in rocks, soil, and sometimes water beneath the ground. This gas can then leak into your home or office through cracks or even through a well-water supply that has been exposed to radon. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, which means you can ingest it without even knowing. Radon is not limited to a specific part of the country and can affect homes, schools, offices, and other businesses.
This gas can be very hazardous to your health and to that of your loved ones. The EPA is very clear that radon is both cancer-causing and radioactive. Behind smoking, radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Before you start panicking, know that a radon inspection is your first line of defense in determining whether the gas is present in a home. Our ProTec team will do thorough testing for at least 48 hours, and you can have the full report within 24 hours after testing. If radon is detected, you can make an informed decision whether to walk away from the property or negotiate for radon remediation.
Don’t assume that any Montgomery County, MD, or Fairfax County, VA, property doesn’t have radon present. Know for sure by scheduling radon testing with ProTec Inspection Services. All you have to do is contact us at (301) 972-8531 during business hours, or use our online scheduling tool any time.