Not Having a Radon Test in Raleigh, NC is a Bad Idea.

Radon testing may not be the first thing you think of when going through the home buying process with a client, but it is right up there in importance with home inspections. In Wake County, specifically, 25% of homes tested are found to have elevated radon levels. Radon testing is one recommendation that is not only vital but will show your clients that you go the extra mile to make sure they’ll love and be SAFE in their new home.

So what is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas produced by decaying uranium. Yes, it sounds like something from a James Bond movie, but it’s the real deal. Even though we can’t see or smell it, it’s present in nearly all soils and some building materials. Often, low levels are also in most water & the air that we breathe. It enters houses through a variety of methods, including gaps in walls & floors, areas interacting with soil, even through pores in the concrete. The problems arise when it becomes trapped inside a structure, and the occupants are exposed to it long term.

Graphic showing how radon gas comes up through the soil and enters a home

How is it harmful?

Radon levels found in everyday life are typically not harmful, but with home improvements, settling or damage, increasing construction, land development, etc. radon levels can begin to rise. Individuals spending most of their time inside a structure with high levels of radon will eventually suffer the consequences of overexposure, including increased likelihood of lung cancer. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today right behind smoking. Knowing this and considering the local radon rates, testing for radon here in North Carolina is a must.

Radon gas map for North Carolina showing where Radon levels are the highest

What to do if a radon test comes back to high?

Don’t panic! The risks from radon are cumulative, so serious effects present from exposure to high levels over a long period. Just because a test comes back with high levels of radon, you don’t need to pull the offer and forget about the home. Many radon issues can be resolved very efficiently and at a very reasonable cost. Your home inspectors at Blueberry Inspections are very knowledgeable and connected. We can give you some ideas to fix it or refer you to a trusted local contractor for professional and thorough mitigation

Blueberry Inspections Goes Digital for Radon Testing.

Through the digital testing method, Blueberry Inspections will provide same-day results for radon testing of your home. You can have your 48-hour test completed and results in hand immediately, not weeks later. Blueberry Inspections uses the Corentium Pro, which has four highly accurate radon chambers that work in parallel for maximum reliability and performance to deliver extremely accurate and consistent radon measurements possible with a streamlined process. How does it work? The measuring period is 48 hours, with the testing materials on-site. Once the equipment is picked up after this period, we provide you with the results; it’s that simple.

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