Purchasing a home is already stressful enough without adding a substance like radon into the mix. Radon is a dangerous gas that can affect your health and can even cause cancer in the lungs. It can sometimes happen, however, that you fall in love with a property only to find out that it failed radon testing. Is this a deal-breaker? Should you look for another property? Swat Environmental has some answers to what you should consider if you are in this situation.
Take the time to learn about radon in detail before making a decision. Radon is very common and it is dangerous only in high levels, so if the home had radon levels that could be easily dealt with, then this means that you do not have to give up on the property. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to learn as much as possible about this substance.
Understand the Tests
It is also important to understand what the radon tests are like and what it means for a property to pass or fail one of them. Many times, this is not a cause for concern, since the test will detect even the smallest levels and will say the house failed to pass. There are also different thresholds for each test. By learning what the results means you will be better prepared to deal with radon reduction plans.
Choose a Company
The next step is to look for a radon mitigation company and ask them for an evaluation. This will allow you to get a good idea of what it will take to reduce the radon levels in the home, as well as how much it will cost. You should weight all of this before deciding on buying the property. If you have a limited budget or you cannot afford to wait for the radon levels to go down, then it can be better to start looking for another home. Having an expert team helping you is vital, so do not skip this step.
Take the time to negotiate who will pay for the radon testing and the reduction services. If you do not do this, you will have to pay for all of it from your own pocket. Before signing anything, add these services to the contract so that it will not be up to you to provide the services. This can save you a lot of trouble in the future.
Radon in a home is not a deal breaker as long as it is within manageable levels. It is also important to have a good idea of where the radon is entering the home to be able to quickly take care of it. A company that specializes in radon abatement can offer evaluation services to help you determine if the radon levels are too high or if they can be fixed. Take the time to negotiate in the contract for who will be paying these services so that there are no surprises.