If you’re in the market for a new home, there are many things you’ll need to take into consideration. A home’s location, price, size, and appearance are all very important, but there’s another factor to consider: whether the house has a radon mitigation system. Here are 3 things to know when purchasing a home with a radon mitigation system.
1. Radon is an invisible, tasteless, and odorless gas that is created naturally by the underground decay of radioactive elements in the soil. As the gas is released, it can enter buildings through foundation cracks, sump pumps, crawl spaces, and other small fissures. It can build up in the home and create unsafe levels for the home’s occupants.
Every state in the U.S. has radon gas, and the levels can vary between regions, cities, neighborhoods, and even between houses within one neighborhood. The house next door could have low levels, but your home’s levels may be high. Since radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking), it’s important to have your future home tested for this toxic gas, even if a radon mitigation system has been installed.
2. The thought of purchasing a home with a radon mitigation system already installed may be disconcerting, because it means high radon levels have previously been found in the home. This is actually a huge plus, as you know the problem has already been discovered and dealt with. Going forward, you should continue to test for radon every two years, but test again immediately if you have renovations performed on the home.
3. Some lenders and relocation companies require a radon test, but not all do. If you’re purchasing a home with a radon mitigation system already installed, this is one less thing to worry about. And if you go to sell the home in the future, having the mitigation system will be a huge marketing advantage.
For more information, please contact:
Illinois Valley Radon Mitigation, LLC
717 Bellevue Avenue
Ottawa, IL 61350