Radon is radioactive gas naturally occurring due to decaying uranium found in soil around your home. We can't easily detect radon gas in our homes simply by living in them. This gas has no instantly noticeable characteristics like taste or smell. If left undetected, this carcinogen can lead to lung cancer.
The EPA recommends that homes with high levels of radon (more than 4 pCi/L) have mitigation performed. Mitigation is not complex and relatively inexpensive. It will usually cost between $1,200 and $3,000. An IEMA Licensed Mitigatory should be the only one to install your mitigation system.
The way that we find or detect the presence of radon in the home is through a measurement test. The State of Illinois requires a full disclosure of any know radon gas levels during the sale of a home; though, most homeowners have never had their houses tested, so they really are unaware of any existing levels. Testing is always recommended in this case.
Morgan Home Inspection LLC has partnered with Healthy Homes Inspection Services LLC to conduct our Radon Testing. Our radon measurement tests are performed with the best in today's continuous monitoring technology, the Radalink AirCat. If you are in need of Radon Testing, call today to set up an appointment. Radon testing can be part of a Home Inspection or a stand alone service.
The absolute most important thing to remember is that untested homes mean unknown levels and high known levels are typically easy to correct.
A Radon Fact Sheet for Illinois Real Estate Transactions can be found at https://www.illinois.gov/iema/nrs/radon/documents/radontestguidelineforrealestate.pdf
The map below shows general radon levels in Illinois.