Commerce, GA 30529 PH: (770) 654-4415
Athens, GA 30606 PH: (706) 362-4951
The Environmental Protection Agency recently declared Radon Gas to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the nation, after cigarette smoking.
What is Radon? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, present everywhere, and in low levels is not considered hazardous. (In the US, levels below 4.0 pCi/l -- that's picoCuries per liter -- are considered safe.) In some parts of the country, including Northern Georgia, soil and subsoil conditions can channel the gas into homes, and create a higher level of risk.
20%-50% of Radon tests in our area are POSITIVE, requiring Radon reduction steps be taken for those homes. Some areas are more prone to very high levels, but we find levels above the EPA recommended maximum in every neighborhood in the area. We recommend testing for Radon in every home at the time of purchase, and periodically thereafter.
The cost for testing varies, depending on travel time from our office in Commerce and whether it is an independent test or in conjunction with a full home inspection.
BuySmart Home Inspections tests for Radon gas with a redundant calibrated kit that absorbs the air continuously. The Kit sits in the lowest level of the home for at least 48 hours, and your inspector will return and collect it for laboratory evaluation, results will be forwarded to you along with recommendations based on the results of the laboratory findings.. We are not allowed to test for Radon without permission of the owner of the home.
If your home needs remediation, make sure that the mitigation contractor performs the work according to the EPA Protocols. Less expensive contractors are probably cutting corners -- we see it regularly.
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For the Home Seller, if you are selling your home, Let me inspect it before you even list it. A Move-in Certified seller inspection informs you of any defects or problems with your home so you can address them before prospective buyers discover them. You can then take the time you need to obtain reasonable repair estimates. Show prospective buyers that you are dealing in good faith. Avoid 11th-hour negotiations and delays, and justify your full asking price by having your home pre-inspected now.