You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but it might be lurking in your home right now nonetheless. It’s responsible for a large percentage of the lung cancer deaths in the United States, and you may be exposed to it without even knowing. This deadly intruder is called radon, and it can be extremely dangerous.
Fortunately, Chicago Metro Home Inspections provides radon inspection services that can identify it in your house before it’s too late. We most commonly offer radon testing as part of a comprehensive home inspection, but it can also be done as a standalone service.
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Why Is Radon Testing Important?
Radon is a radioactive gas that is created by the natural breaking down of uranium in soil. If there are cracks in your house’s foundation, it can seep into your basement and contaminate the air. If this is not addressed, you and your family may be exposed to it for years. Over time, too much exposure can lead to lung cancer. For the health and safety of you and your loved ones, it is important to have your property tested for its presence.
Possible Signs of Radon in Your Home
Because it is odorless and colorless, you can’t tell if it is present on your own. Worse, because it causes no other symptoms besides cancer, by the time you experience any symptoms, there may not be anything you can do. This means the only way to determine whether or not you’re being exposed to it is to have the air tested by professionals.
The levels of occurrence are highest in the northern part of the country, although radon can be found everywhere. The risk of exposure is greater in homes where there are cracks or holes in the foundation through which it can enter.
Get Professional Radon Testing
We offer home radon testing as a standalone service as well as part of our comprehensive inspection services. The radon gas inspection process typically involves utilizing a special device that is placed at the lowest spot in the house. This is then left in place for as many as 90 days, depending on the type of devices used. In some cases, multiple tests are conducted at the same time to ensure the accuracy of the results.
Protecting your family from a threat you can’t see means leaving nothing to chance. Don’t wait until it’s too late to find out if your property is putting you at risk of exposure.
If you’re in our service area, get in touch with us right now to schedule your testing either by itself or as part of a complete inspection procedure. Either way, call (708) 770-6522 or fill out our contact form for more information.