Radon can be very harmful

As a realtor, I deal with all sorts of issues with location and style of homes.  I make sure to hand out a pamphlet that provides information about radon gas, to anyone who is looking at a new house.  I believe that it my duty, as a realtor, to make people aware of the importance of testing.  Residential water and sewage testing, is typically  done automatically.  Unfortunately, a lot of inspectors still overlook the necessity of  radon testing.  The radon testing kit is simple and inexpensive.  It can be ordered online or purchased from a hardware store.    It includes a small petri dish that contains particular chemicals that will indicate the presence of radon.  The radon petri dish is usually situated in the basement.  Depending on the square footage of the basement, more than one radon kit may be needed.  It is better to  place the test kit where there is little air movement.  Placing the test  near a door or a window should be avoided.  It takes some time and then the test is sent back to the lab.  The results don’t take all that long.  If there is an alarming level of radon, then comes the radon mitigation stage.  Typically this involves  a length of PVC pipe which pulls the gas from the basement.  The gas is pushed outside by a fan.  It absolutely is a simple and inexpensive process.  Currently, most new buildings already have the radon mitigation plan in operation.  If you have radon in your home, it is probably not an insurmountable challenge.  It is a problem that should be addressed without delay.    If you are buying a home, make sure to ask for radon testing to be done.

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