You might be wondering why radon testing is important to the home-buying process. The EPA states that you cannot smell, taste, or see radon (a radioactive gas) but it can be incredibly harmful to your health. The U.S. Surgeon General states that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
The only way to find out if your potential home has elevated levels of radon is to have a radon test conducted. Mitigating radon from a home depends on the severity of the test results. Simple repairs can be done to lower the levels of radon of a home, but in some cases, this can also be a costly repair. The results of this test can also be a shock to a seller after a home inspection has been done.
No matter what side of the home buying process you are on, conducting a radon test can prove to be a wise investment, not to mention, the importance to your health and wellbeing.