A few decades ago, radon concerns started to hit national news as it was found exposure to radon over a long period of time can increase the risk of lung cancer. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to reduce the risk of radon. If you are planning to sell or purchase a home, consider having your home tested for radon by Reedy Set Go Home Inspections.

What is Radon?

Let’s dive into the main question everyone wants to know, what is radon? Radon is an invisible gas that does not have taste, smell, or color. Due to the fact that radon is hard to identify, many homeowners are not even aware of its existence in their homes. Radon is concerning because the gas lets off radioactive chemicals that get into the soil, foundation, and just about all areas of the home. You can inhale radon as it is attached to dust particles. If the dust with radon is inhaled, you run the risk of developing lung cancer.

Do I Need a Radon Test?

Radon testing is standard for most lenders. Lenders need to make sure their investment in you as a borrower is secured and as low-risk as possible. Having the radon test as part of the requirements for a home loan is becoming standard for many lenders. Even if your lender does not require a radon test, we do recommend having one done for your own peace of mind. Keeping your family safe is likely one of your top concerns, and our goal has always been to provide the best home inspections to identify potential risks to your family in the home.

How Does Radon Get Into the Home?

Gas will move through the soil and can get into the home by seeping directly through the concrete foundation. Any gap or hole in walls and floors is always a place for radon to easily access and get into the home. No matter what age the home is, you can easily deal with radon issues. Radon is dependent upon the way your home interacts with the soil in your neighborhood.

What is a Radon Test?

A radon test normally takes a couple of days as we will need to use a machine and canisters to help collect the levels of radon toxicity in the home. A home with a finished basement will need a test done on this level. Homes with small crawl spaces will not need two tests done. The importance of the test is to identify the radon levels as radon does fluctuate often. After a 48-hour test, we have a better understanding of the radon levels in your home.

What happens if radon levels are too high?

If radon levels are  considered unsafe, we can assist in recommending radiation mitigation systems to bring the home back to safe levels. It is important to know that radon levels do change daily, so you should consider a test if it’s been several months before you planned on moving into the basement of the home.

Home Radon Inspections In Northern Utah

No home is perfect. Just like people, each home has a character of its own with personality and stories. There is always something that can be done to improve it, and you can live with many of those things! However, it is the things you can’t live with that make the difference, and you need to know about “those things” to make a satisfying purchase. REEDY SET GO can help!

REEDY SET GO will report the obvious as well as hidden findings. We inspect property anywhere in Northern Utah for hidden flaws in the foundation structure, roof, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and more. By arranging for your own home or radon inspection, we can help prevent any unpleasant surprises and identify problems. Your home or radon inspection report will break down the defects that are functional (something is not working properly), Material (wear and tear/end of lifespan), or simply cosmetic before you settle on an offer price. All this in an easy to read, concise report and personal walk through. After the inspection, we send a monthly newsletter with homeowner tips and reminders for our clients across Ogden, Roy, Clearfield, and Layton.

A home or radon inspection is just one of the preliminary actions you can take before placing the property on the market or purchasing a home and REEDY SET GO can help you off on the right foot. You get what you pay for, and a home or radon inspection report by REEDY SET GO will pay for itself many times over. Call today to schedule a home radon inspection, 801-710-1461.