Radon. What the????

As I'm sitting in a chair at Carolina beach today, I have 4 homes that have just gone under contract. We recommend doing inspections even if the lender does not require. One of the inspections that is available is a radon test. Radon is an odorless radioactive gas that can Cause lung cancer. My home inspector uses a company out of Raleigh NC but said for personal home use, he would pick up a radon testing canister from the local home improvement  store.
Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer but some experts say radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer especially if radon exposure has been long term.
The only personal experience I've had with a radon level being above the amount of 4 pCi/L was in a home we sold several years ago that had a basement. We have a basement and I keep telling my husband we should have it checked so the next thing on my to do list after we return home is get a radon test kit and get our home checked.
There is an interesting site that shows past levels of radon around the Raleigh/Durham area. There seems to be an increase in the Wake Forest/Youngsville/Wakefield area, but as the map shows, there are random readings that show high radon levels all around the triangle.
Remember, upfront inspections could save you thousands in the long run. Your realtor should inform you of all inspections available when you are purchasing a home. If you don't have a realtor, we would love the opportunity to work with you.

Interesting links



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