What You Should Do After Buying a Home with Radon

So, you’ve finally found the perfect home for you and your family. It’s located in a nice neighborhood, has an attractive layout and even a fenced-in backyard. After signing the sales contract, though, you discover that it tests positive for radon.

Dangers of Radon

Featuring the atomic number 86, radon is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas with radioactive properties. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it’s the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, attributed to some 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually. Radon even causes more cancer cases in nonsmokers than secondhand smoke. A study made by Norwegian University of Life Sciences also showed similar findings.

Test Your Home Before

Ideally, you should test a home for radon before buying it. The EPA says no amount of radon is sage. However, 4 picocuries per litre (PCi/L) is the action level recommended by the EPA. This means homeowners should take immediate action to fix their home if it contains radon equal to or greater than 4 PCi/L. If you’re thinking about buying a home, ask the seller to test it for radon and provide you with the results.

Steps to Take After the Sale

If you discovered the home has radon after you purchased it, you should check the real estate purchase contract to see if the seller disclosed this information. While not established on federal level, most states have laws requiring sellers to disclose radon to prospective buyers. If the seller knowingly sold you a home with high levels of radon and didn’t disclose this information, you can sue him or her in court.

Unfortunately, sellers often neglect to perform basic radon tests. And if the seller doesn’t know about high levels of radon in the home, they can’t disclose that information to buyers.

Radon Mitigation Service Provider

The good news is that you can remove radon from your home by hiring a radon mitigation company. There are different ways to remove radon from a home. Some companies use devices to reduce air pressure within problematic walls whereas others use exhaust fans and vent pipes. Regardless, the underlying goal remains the same: to remove radon from the home and create a safer living environment for family members.

Radon poisoning is a serious health concern in many countries. Thankfully, it’s also something that can be fixed through radon mitigation services.