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 step that is sometimes overlooked is to test the house for radon gas.
Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that can be in any home. In fact, 1 in 3 Utah homes has high levels of radon gas. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you test for radon during the home inspection.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both state that radon gas is a health hazard. The EPA even released the Home Buyer's And Seller’s Guide to Radon in which they recommend knowing the radon level of any home before purchasing.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America, just behind smoking. Any home can have high levels of radon, and the location, neighborhood, and age of the home don’t matter. Because radon can't be seen, smelled, or tasted, the only way to know if there is a radon problem is to perform a test.
When you are in the process of buying a home, testing for radon should be a priority. If the home you are looking to buy has high levels, you can negotiate to have the level reduced with a mitigation system installed by the seller. If you wait until after you have closed, it is up to you to test and mitigate for radon.
Some are concerned that radon testing will slow down the buying process. 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 high for radon, we will provide a free radon mitigation quote and can often schedule the installation within a week if needed.
Utah Radon Services is fully licensed and can quickly provide certified results for the homebuying process. Simply call us at 801-871-0715 or fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you!