If you are in search of a new home, then you likely have a wish list of all of the features and
amenities that your dream home will have. Perhaps you want it to have a big backyard, or at least two bathrooms. Maybe your perfect home comes with a three car garage and a finished basement where the kids can play and have sleepovers. Out of all of the thousands of features that a potential home could have, we’ll bet there is a 100% chance that the one thing that every home shopper has one their list is that they want a home that will be safe to live in. No one wants to purchase a home that has a crumbling foundation, or a roof that is about to fall in, and most of all, there is without a doubt not one single person that will willingly move into a home that is filled with toxic gas that will slowly make them sick as they continue to breath in the air in their home over time… right?
What if I told you that one out of every 15 homes in the United States has elevated levels of toxic gas that is proven to cause lung cancer? Would you worry that your own home might be part of that statistic? Radon gas is a radioactive gas that is also completely odorless and colorless, and it is the second highest instigator of lung cancer in the country. Radon gas exists in low levels all across the United States, but over time it can seep into home and build up in areas like basements that do not have regular air flow or air replacement systems. Radon gas does not discriminate between older home and newer homes, and it can just as easily be found in a new build versus a long standing building. And worst of all, there is no requirement for a homeowner to test for radon and disclose those results to a potential new owner during the process of selling a house. That means that the responsibility to ask about radon testing and radon mitigation services lies almost completely with the home buyer.
The best news that we can give to you is that even though radon is hazardous to your health, there are ways for you to reduce the levels of it in your home and protect your loved ones. Radon Reduction Services can be installed in areas that have high radon levels to help keep the levels of this harmful gas low enough that they will not impact your lives. Radon is created naturally, so there is no way to completely eliminate it from the environment, but there are companies out there such as SWAT Environmental that can help make sure that accurate testing is done to determine if your home poses a threat to your family and help you to create a plan to reduce the radon levels and keep them low in the future. When it comes to your dream home, shouldn’t the safety of your family the number one feature?