At Block Home Inspections LLC, we aim to meet all your inspection needs by providing radon inspections in Kansas and Missouri serving communities such as Overland Park, Olathe, Lenexa, Blues Springs, Gardner, Leawood, Shawnee Mission, Lees Summit, Kansas City and all surrounding areas.
What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that comes up from the earth. It is invisible and cannot be smelled in the air. As it seeps up into homes, and it can become trapped indoors and inhaled by the occupants. Every major health organization provides serious warnings about the risk of lung cancer from exposure to radioactive radon gas in indoor air. In fact the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.
What does testing for Radon Gas involve?
There are a wide variety of companies who test for radon gas but what are they really offering? Typically during the real estate transaction a 2-3 day test is performed in order to provide quick results for potential buyers. This sounds relatively reasonable to the average home buyer with little knowledge of radon gas. Many home buyers would be very upset to learn that the test they just paid for may be less meaningful than they would have hoped. Let me explain.
What does all this mean for you and the
home you want to purchase?
There is a chance that your new home has elevated radon levels in it. There are so many environmental and structural factors that determine the levels of radon in the home. The Kansas City Metro is an area prone to having higher levels of radon gas. In fact, every state has recorded high levels of radon but the problems do vary from location to location. Review the EPA maps for radon zones for Kansas, Missouri and the United States to see what your area has for potential radon problems.
The levels of radon gas in your home can vary on a monthly, daily even hourly basis. The day you have your radon test performed may be during a period with low concentrations. This doesn't even take into consideration the various factors in your home that can affect the concentration levels on any particular day. The bottom line is that a single short-term test will give an indication of the radon potential of the home. I do recommend that you test for radon gas but I suggest that more than one short term test be performed or a long-term test be performed. With remediation costs ranging between $200 to $2000, it only makes sense to get an accurate test result.
While a short-term radon test of 2-3 days may show the radon potential of the home we do not recommend basing a home purchase on the radon test results. With low to moderate remediation costs, don't let your dream home pass you by. Lets face it, updating your kitchen countertops will be as much if not more costly than a radon remediation system in most cases.