Home-buying can be a tedious process. Many homebuyers want to get through the home-inspection process as quickly as possible and avoid any specialty add-ons. However, our team at Americas Choice Inspections urges our customers to consider the value of a radon inspection.
Radon is an odorless, invisible gas that forms through the natural, radioactive breakdown of uranium, thorium, and radium found in North Carolina rocks, soil, and sometimes water beneath the ground. This gas can then leak into your home or office through cracks or even through a well-water supply that has been exposed to radon. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, which means that you can ingest it without even knowing. Radon is not limited to a specific part of the country and can affect homes, schools, offices, and other businesses.
Why care about radon? This gas can be very hazardous to your health and and that of your loved ones. The EPA is very clear that radon is both cancer-causing and radioactive. Behind smoking, radon exposure is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Before you start panicking, know that a radon inspection is your first line of defense in determining whether this gas is present in a home. Americas Choice sets up specialized equipment that checks a property’s air every hour on the hour. If radon is detected, you can make an informed decision whether to walk away from the property or negotiate for radon remediation. While we don’t do radon mitigation, we can refer you to professionals who can help you or the seller try to minimize the effects of radon at the house.
Don’t assume that any Mooresville, Asheville, or Charlotte property doesn’t have radon present. Know for sure by scheduling radon testing with Americas Choice. All you have to do is contact us at (704) 504-9798 during business hours, or use our online scheduling tool any time.photo credit: A walk into the past via photopin (license)