Did you know that Radon is the number two contributor to lung cancer in the united states? Radon is prevalent in home across the state of Illinois in both rural and urban areas, as 72% of the counties average radon levels found in buildings in the state exceed the US EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L, which can pose serious long term health risks.
Radon testing is not typically requested for home inspections in mid-rise or high-rise buildings, as the gas often dissipates to safe levels the further away the home is from the foundation. It is a good idea however to test a home for radon when purchasing a house or home that is exposed to the ground level – especially if it is located in an area deemed by the EPA as having high or moderate levels of radon gas reported.
What is Radon?
Radon is an odorless and colorless naturally-occurring radioactive gas which is emitted from the Earth as a product of the breakdown of soil, minerals and water. Radon can breach homes through cracks, gaps and drains within the home’s foundation and is deemed dangerous at higher levels.
Inspecting a home for radon is not part of the standard home inspection, but we can typically offer radon inspections as an ancillary service with 2 days notice. Part of the radon inspection will require setting up specialized equipment to collect air samples for 48 hours to determine if unsafe levels of radon exist in the home. After 48 hours, our radon inspector will return to the home to analyze the results.
The good news is that even in the presence of radon, there are steps that can be taken to mitigate the exposure of radon to safe levels. If you would like to have a radon test included as part of your home inspection, please call us at 773-510-7138.