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Radon is an insidious potential threat to you and your family because it’s an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that is produced by the decay of radium in water, soil and natural gas. It is the cause of about 20,000 lung cancer deaths every year in the United States. For this reason, radon should be taken very seriously.
When it comes to radon detection, you should not take any shortcuts. There are some test kits on the market, but this is such a dangerous gas that you shouldn’t bet your family’s safety on some cheap kit. Getting a professional radon inspection is the way to go. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends having one done whenever you are buying or selling a home. When selling, this will give you a heads up that there’s a problem and enable you to budget in the purchase of a radon mitigation system to assure the buyer it is handled. For buyers, it’s critical to know that the home you’re buying is safe. Since you’re likely having a regular home inspection done anyway when buying a new home, it’s not much extra to have them throw in a radon test.
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We have been performing inspections for over 25 years, which means we bring unrivaled knowledge and experience to every inspection. Over this time, we’ve completed over 8,000 inspections of various types including radon inspections. We perform these inspections in South Jersey, Delaware and Southeastern Pennsylvania, and all of our inspectors are licensed and certified in each of these states. We are members of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), which sets the bar for knowledge and competence when it comes to home inspections in general as well as use the radon inspections in particular. Our inspectors easily meet or exceed any standards for this industry at both the state and national level.
There are many types of inspections. These range from regular home inspections where an inspector checks the structure and major systems of your home to specialized inspections for things such as termites, and well flow, but few are as critical as a professional radon inspection. Because this gas is invisible and odorless, you may not know you have unacceptable levels of it in your home until one of your family members develops health problems as a result. This, more than any other, is not the type of inspection to trust to some DIY kit or some unqualified “inspector.”
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You don’t which may be why the EPA recommends that everyone get one done every time they buy or sell a home. The gas is colorless and odorless, so you’re not going to notice it directly on your own.
It typically seeps into your home through cracks or holes in the foundation. It can also enter through cracks in walls, construction joints and gaps around service pipes
The radon testing equipment is typically put in the lowest available living space and is there for at least 48 hours to take a sufficient sampling of the air to yield an accurate result for a “short term” test.
When our licensed and certified inspector returns to pick up the testing equipment, you will be notified verbally (phone call) the same day and should anticipate receiving the report identifying what your levels are the following business day, the latest.
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If you’re buying or selling a home, please contact us at Inspection Professionals to do a regular home inspection for it as well as a radon inspection. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, so you want a well-trained, licensed, responsible, certified professional inspector such as those with Inspection Professionals to do it for you. If you’re in Southeastern Pennsylvania, please contact us through our website or simply give us a call, and we’ll schedule your radon inspection as soon as possible.