One aspect that can be easily overlooked during your home inspection is testing for high levels of radon in a home.
As an agent representing home buyers in New England, I always recommend a radon test.
Radon is easily overlooked. You don’t know it is there. It is colorless and odorless. Often the radon test will slip through the cracks. But, high levels of radon can create a serious health issue for a home’s inhabitants.
Radon is the second largest cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Radon is everywhere. But, in an enclosed home it can build up to dangerously high levels. Long term exposure to high levels of radon is where the issue is created.
A radon test is as simple as placing a canister for up to 92 hours and then bringing to a test facility. While there are no specific guidelines for radon, the EPA recommends of radon on levels over 4.04 pCi/L.
The good news is radon is easy to remove from a home with a sub-slab depressurization unit. They are fairly low tech and inexpensive.
Don’t forget to test for radon!!