Radon gas is a concern for most homeowners, so here some of the most commonly asked questions about radon that we hear from people that have not yet tested for radon in their homes:
Is radon testing complicated or expensive? No! It is extremely easy to test for radon, and you do not even need to have an expert come out to your home if you do not want to. You can buy do it yourself kits that will help you to test how much radon is present in your home. The most reliable and accurate test results will come from the experts like SWAT Environmental.
If my home has a radon problem, can I do anything to fix it? Absolutely! If you find out that your home has some seriously high radon level, you should never give up or think that it is too late. There are many different radon remediation methods that can be used to lower the levels of radon in your home. The most effective method will depend on what your radon levels are and how the radon is getting into your home in the first place.
My home was built recently, should I still have it tested for radon? Yes, always. Radon does not discriminate when it comes to getting into homes. It is true that some new construction homes are built in a way that is better at keeping radon out of your home, but you should never consider that a guarantee that every possible path for radon is blocked. Short term tests are cheap and only take a few days to do yourself in your home, and if they come back with higher than safe levels of radon in your home, you will be happy that you did them. So do not think that a new home is any safer from radon than an older one.
My neighbors do not have radon issues, should I still get tested? You should always test your own home for radon even if your neighbors are not seeing an issue. Radon levels can fluctuate used on the time of year and the location of a house, so just because a neighbor is fine does not guarantee that you are. You might have some cracks in your basement walls or gaps in them that you are not aware of that is slowly letting radon gas into your home.
I’m buying a house, should I wait until i move in to test it for radon? If at all possible you should ask the current owner to have their home professionally tested for radon and then ask to see the results. A home with high levels of radon is not necessarily a bad purchase, but it may give you some negotiating room when it comes to discussing the price of the home. After all, you will have to take on the cost of having a radon abatement company come to your home and you may need to do some additional construction repairs on the home to help prevent further radon from making it way into the house.