Buying a house is not as simple as 1,2,3. In fact, there are many hoops to jump through before you can call a house your own. One that is sometimes overlooked is testing the house for radon gas. Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that can be in ANY home. In fact, 1 in 3 homes in Utah have high levels of radon gas. So before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you test for radon during home inspection.
Radon accounts for up to 70% of the radiation we are exposed here in Utah. It is also, the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. Any home can have high levels of radon. Location, neighborhood, age of home doesn't matter. And because it can't be seen, smelled or tasted, the only way to know if there is a problem, is through testing.
The World Health Organization (WHO), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both state that radon gas is a health hazard. The EPA even released a guideline, Home Buyer's And Sellers Guide To Radon, in which they recommend knowing the radon level of any home before purchasing.
When you are in the process of buying a home, testing for radon should be a priority. This is usually done during the due diligence or home inspection time. If the home you are looking to buy does have high levels, it can be reduced with a mitigation system. Knowing the level before purchasing means you can negotiate to have it installed by the seller. Waiting until after you have closed, means it will be up to you to test and mitigate for radon.
One concern that some prospective buyers have, is will testing slow down the buying process? In order to get accurate results, a test must be set for 48 hours. Our radon specialists work with inspectors and realtors to ensure that the test is set when needed and picked up after completion. Once we have retrieved the test, we will provide certified results within 1-2 business days.
If the home tests elevated, we will provide a free radon mitigation quote. We can also schedule the install within a week if needed.
If you are in the process of buying a home, you will need a radon test during home inspection. Utah Radon Services has tested thousands of Utah homes and can quickly set your testing up. We are fully licensed and can quickly provide certified results for the home buying process.
Simply call us at 801-871-0715 or fill out the form on this page, and we will contact you within 2 business days.