If you are in the market for a new home, there are many things to take into consideration. Location, schools and neighborhoods will be a big part of the search. But once you’ve found your house, then comes the inspection. One of the things that may come up is radon levels. So does it make sense to buy a house with a radon mitigation system already installed?
Why do I need to protect my house against radon gas?
Radon gas is the natural byproduct of uranium in soil decaying. It accounts for up to 70% of the radiation that we are exposed to in Utah and it can lead to lung cancer. In fact, behind smoking, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer and accounts for over 21,000 deaths per year. High levels of radon can be a serious health risk to you and your family. The great news is that if your home does have high radon, there is a simple solution.
Radon Mitigation Systems
A radon mitigation system is the solution to high radon levels. Installed in the basement of a house, it is a series of pipes connected to a fan that will pull the radon from the soil below the house and vent it out above the house. This prevents radon from ever entering the home. So now you may be wondering if you should buy a home with a system already installed.
Radon Mitigation Systems When Purchasing a Home
If there is already a radon mitigation system installed, that is great. However, if not, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t purchase the house. Luckily, testing for radon can be done quickly (and free) by simply filling out the form on this page. Once you know if the home has high radon, a mitigation system can be installed quickly and affordable.
If you are in the market for a new house, we always recommend having the home tested during the inspection phase. Click here to learn more about testing during the real estate process. Contact the experts at Utah Radon Services with any questions about radon and your (future) home.