Radon Testing: What It Is & Why You Need It


Your home is supposed to be a place of safety, shelter, and comfort. That’s why, when you’re considering buying a house on the market, it’s important that you take all the necessary steps to confirm that it’s in the best condition to offer you those things.

Hiring a professional to inspect your home is a good start, but it’s not always enough to ensure you and your family are fully protected. Sometimes, it makes sense to invest in additional inspection services to receive a truly comprehensive evaluation—and radon testing is one of the most important.

What is radon?

You’ve probably heard of testing for dangerous substances such as mold and carbon monoxide, but fewer people are familiar with radon. Radon is a natural gas that is produced when radioactive metals, such as uranium and radium, decay in soil, rocks, and groundwater. Because radon has no taste, odor, or color, it is virtually undetectable.

Why is radon dangerous?

As radon is naturally occurring, there are very low levels in the air we breathe. In these minute quantities, it is not harmful. In high levels, however, radon is a carcinogen and actually the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon in the soil around your property can permeate your home via cracks in the foundation, gaps in floors and walls, loose pipes, and pores in concrete and stone, leaving you vulnerable to dangerously heavy and/or long-term exposure.

How do I know if I’m being exposed to radon?

Since radon is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, the only way to detect it is by having the levels in your home tested with specially-designed technology. While you can purchase at-home kits for radon testing, they will not be as accurate or reliable as tests conducted by a professional.

A specialist will begin with a short-term test, measuring radon levels over 2-7 days, to determine if a long-term test is warranted. A long-term test will measure levels over a period of at least 90 days, giving you a more precise average and idea of how to proceed forward with removal, if necessary. For continuous testing, radon monitors can be purchased and placed in the home.

Don’t leave the safety of you and your family up to chance when it comes to your home.

Before you invest in and commit to a new house, call the team at Top Choice Inspectors. In addition to our premium, cost-efficient home inspection services, we also offer testing for radon, mold, termites, and other potential hazards that could threaten your health and the quality of your home.

To learn more about our home and specialty inspection services, contact one of our professionals today!