What is radon and why should I test for it?

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.

Radon is colorless, tasteless, and unscented. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. The Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today (InterNACHI). 

You Should Test for Radon.

Testing is the only way to find out your home's radon levels. The EPA and Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. The Minnesota Department of Health provides a map of Radon levels in each county of Minn.

If you are selling your home...

The EPA recommends that you test your home before putting it on the market and, if necessary, lower your radon levels. Save any test results you have and all information about the steps you took to fix any issues-all are positive selling points for a buyer.

If you are buying a home...

The EPA recommends knowing what the indoor radon level is in any home you are considering buying. Ask the seller for their radon test results. If the home has a radon reduction system, ask the seller for information they have about the system. If the home has not been tested, you should have it done.

If you are building a home...

If you are building a home, there are features that can be incorporated into your home during construction to reduce radon levels--be sure to ask your builder.

 

 

If you are planning on buying a home in Minnesota, you should have it tested for radon. HomePro provides fast, efficient radon testing with a quick 48-hour turnaround. Our continuous electronic monitors, give an hour-by-hour breakdown of the test results.

HomePro Home Inspections has been certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) certified and we are an independent third party. 

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