Don’t Skip a Radon Inspection

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Don’t skip a Radon Inspection when buying your next home!

In the rush to get a deal put together many buyers are skipping or skimping on inspections.  Not requesting the seller to fix items is one thing.  Buying a property with high radon numbers usually requires remediation before people are comfortable spending any amount of time in the lower level.

What is Radon?

According to the EPA, “Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.  You can’t see radon. And you can’t smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home”.

Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that causes cancer and if not detected can build up to unsafe levels in your home.  Snowbound and stuck inside makes January a great time to make sure your home is free of radon.  And that’s why EPA starts every new year pushing everybody to test for radon.


Testing is the only way to know if you are at risk from radon.

“If a high radon level is found, the good news is that this serious environmental risk can be reduced by using simple, proven techniques comparable to the cost of other minor home repair or improvement projects,” said Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.    

In today’s real estate market test radon levels are normally done during the home inspection period.  Skipping the inspection can delay getting the problem fixed in a timely manner. The problem with radon in homes is that unless owners are aware of radon problems nobody to check until a sale. 

Qualified radon professionals can also perform tests and fix elevated levels.

Resources:  State of Ohio, Greater Cincinnati Radon Mitigation Companies  About Radon