Where you check for radon

When I first started out working as a realtor, I had no clue what was required in regards to home inspections.  I wasn’t aware of how much testing was need prior to home purchase. I was extremely interested with the process.  I often trailed the woman around while she evaluated everything in the various homes. I asked multiple questions and I am sure she wanted to tell me to go away & leave her alone.  I watched the inspector pull out various testing kits and arrange them along the perimeter of the basements and attics. I knew very little about radon before I became a realtor. I gradually became more aware of how radon could affect the health of the structure and occupants.  I knew that testing for radon was a necessary thing to do. The radon test is rather simple and performed in the lowest section of your house, generally the basement. The testing kit is left in place, undisturbed for around an hour, in order to provide an accurate reading. The most proven type of testing has the kit lef in the house for approximately five hours.   Once the test is done, if the reading is lower than a four, the home is considered safe from radon. A rating of a concentration above a 4 suggests higher than recommended levels of radon and requires a radon mitigation system to be added. Although it can cost anywhere between $1000 & $2000 to install the radon mitigation system, there’s no way around it. The equipment, effectively combats the risk of radon poisoning, making it a necessary investment.  I now recommend radon testing to any potential home buyer.

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