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New Year Resolution – Test for Radon!

Make a 2017 New Year Resolution That You Can Keep for

The Health of Your Family

By Frank J. Delle Donne, NJ Licensed Home Inspector, NJ-DEP Certified Radon Measurement Technician

Originally Published January 1, 2015

Updated January 24, 2017

Please read the other articles, posted on this site, about radon.

Nearly everyone thinks about making a New Year resolution. Some do and rarely achieve the goal or rarely do they stick with whatever it is that they resolve to do. Others know they will not keep it and don’t make a resolution, but they thought about it.

If something is easily achieved and potentially can help eliminate the second leading cause of lung cancer from your home would you do it?

I propose that you resolve to have your house tested for radon in 2017.

Why?

  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Need I go any further?
  • Radon is a colorless, odorless gas.
  • It is naturally occurring. It DOES NOT come from toxic waste. It DOES come from the bedrock in the ground and more specifically the Uranium 238 deposits in the bedrock.
  • It is very inexpensive to test (or measure) the radon concentration in your house. This is the service that Regal Home Inspections, LLC is certified by the NJ-DEP to do.
  • It impacts houses with basements as well as houses built on slabs. Houses with crawl spaces should be tested as well. Condominiums on ground floors (slab foundation) as well townhouses with either basements or built on slabs should be tested too.
  • Radon can be mitigated. You should not delay testing because you are afraid of finding out the results.
  • Radon levels can vary due to seasonal effects, weather, wind direction and speed. Testing once does not guarantee that your levels will always be low.
  • Radon is radioactive. That’s why it is a problem.
  • If you haven’t yet been convinced, please visit this link for further validation.  AOL Patch Link.

If you are delaying because you are concerned about the potential of having a high radon level and the impact the value of your home, please DO NOT think like that. It is not like finding out that your house was built on some kind of ancient burial ground or a toxic waste site. It would be difficult to reverse the negative impact on the value of your house due to a toxic waste site or haunted burial ground. How can I say that radon doesn’t have a significant, adverse effect on the value of your home? In part because some of the area’s most expensive houses are in the NJ-DEP’s “High Radon Potential” area. Holmdel, Colts Neck, Little Silver, Shrewsbury and other Monmouth County areas are listed by the NJ-DEP as Tier 1 or High Radon Potential areas. Plus if the measured radon is high, there are solutions available to lower the levels and make it a non-issue. But only if you test.

Conclusion

In the case of radon, WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN HURT YOU.

Please call today to schedule your radon test for your family. Regal Home Inspections, LLC does not mitigate so we are not motivated to find elevated readings so we can clean them up. We inspect homes and we are licensed as a Radon Measurement Technician. Our NJ-DEP Certification number is MET13186. Regal Home Inspections, LLC is licensed only in the New Jersey.

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