Home Owner Tips: Radon Testing Your New Home in Minnesota

Want to know how much Radon gas emission is in your home? Contact the Minnesota Department of Health’s Website to discover what you don’t know that can cause problems in your home. Whether you’re looking to purchase a home or thinking of finishing that basement off, you’re more likely to feel safer knowing the Radon counts in your home and whether or not you need to perform some abatement of Radon gas.

Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, is present everywhere in the air but tends to collect inside the home through floors and walls or in the basement areas through spaces in the soil or fill material around the home’s foundation. It’s more prevalent in the lower levels of the home and during the heating season when there is more negative pressure in the home. Some causes of home vacuum are:

  • Heated air rising inside the home
  • Wind blowing past a home
  • Air intake by fireplaces, wood stoves and furnaces
  • Air vented to outside by clothes dryers and exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens or attics

Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless, and, it is known to cause cancer in humans. The only way to find out how much of the gas is in your home is to perform a radon test. It can be done through ordering an in home test kit or by contacting a professional to perform the test. The test must be conducted properly so as not to tamper with the results, also, weatherizing or other changes made in your home may affect your radon levels requiring additional testing over time.

Since radon gas is a known cause of lung and other cancers in humans it’s a very good idea to have your home tested before you purchase even if it’s new construction. It’s smart to perform ongoing tests over time to ensure your radon levels have not changed. Abatement is a simpler solution than risking cancers.

For more information on how to access in home test kits click on the Minnesota Health Department Website link and check out the health of your home. Or, for a referral to a qualified Inspector performing Radon tests, contact us as Buyers Real Estate Group. We are happy to help you keep your home safe for you and your family.

Submitted by Claire Bastien

Category: Twin Cities Area & Home Owner Tips

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