Has your realtor advised you to have a radon test performed but you aren’t sure if it is really necessary? Or have you seen advertising popping up lately informing you of the health risks of radon in your home? Don’t worry, I include a radon inspection as part of my overall home inspection, so you’ll be informed as to any issues with radon that may be in your new home. You can if you desire decide not to include the radon inspection, but I highly recommend it. Here’s why:
Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas. Radon cannot be detected in your home without the use of specialized testing equipment. I highly encourage you to investigate for yourself the importance of a radon inspection by researching and understanding the affects of radon gas at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website (http://www.epa.gov/radon). The EPA lists radon as the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second cause of lung cancer among smokers, with 21,000 deaths each year in the US alone. Approximately 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never even smoked.
Following my Pagosa Springs radon gas inspection, I’ll compile my findings in an easy to-read report, which will include detailed descriptions and high-resolution digital photos of any issues I’ve discovered. I’ll email you the link to your report the same day, and my job isn’t finished until you understand everything in it. I use software that allows both the client and realtor (with permission) access to your report online. This eliminates the need to download large files and provides for viewing anywhere, anytime.
I encourage my clients to attend the inspection. This affords me the opportunity to discuss the findings in person and answer any questions you may have. This also gives the buyer an opportunity to get to know your new house.