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Radon Facts And Prevention

Posted on: May 29th, 2012 | No Comments

You’ve probably heard of radon – but do you know the facts?


First of all, what is radon? In layman’s terms, it’s a poisonous gas that is found in rock and soil. We know that radon has been linked with lung cancer – it is especially dangerous to smokers. Radon can seep into a home due to cracks in the foundation, loose connections between pipe connections, and even through building materials. Sometimes radon can enter your home through the water if you use a well.


Radon is odorless, invisible, and tasteless, which means it is impossible to detect without using the right equipment. While homes in certain areas of the U.S. have a higher potential for unsafe radon levels, every home needs to be inspected for this dangerous gas. If your home is found to have unsafe levels of radon, it will need to be treated! The type of home you live in will affect the kind of radon mitigation used and the cost. Some methods can be as simple as closing up cracks and implementing natural ventilation. If your home is built on a concrete slab, a technique called “sub-slab suction” may be used. Radon will be suctioned out from beneath your home using a pipe and a fan. Homes with crawlspaces may need fans installed to create the airflow needed to get rid of the poisonous gas.


If you’ve never had your home tested for radon, this is the time to do it. Visit our page on radon inspections for more information on this vital topic!



Martin Lenich Martin Lenich (136 Posts)

In addition to owning his own Inspect-It 1st franchise, Martin Lenich is the General Manager of Inspect-It 1st. Mr. Lenich’s expertise spans over 25 years in the inspection, design, and construction industry, branding and marketing, technical and operational management, risk management, technology implementation, as well as training. As a leader of the Inspect-It 1st team, he continuously identifies opportunities to enhance clients' experiences with Inspect-It 1st, and to keep Inspect-It 1st positioned as the industry's Gold Standard in residential and commercial property inspections. Inspect-It 1st inspectors, “provide the right balance of technical detail and business sensitivity to the art and science of property inspection” – Martin Lenich.

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