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Radon? What is it?
Radon is a cancer-causing gas that is odorless, tasteless, and invisible and is not detectable by human senses alone.
Where does radon come from?
Radon is a gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and therefore it is not detectable by human senses alone. It occurs naturally in the earth, but may become a problem when it starts to build up indoors. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is not restricted to any particular locations and it can be found in a variety of buildings including schools, homes, and office buildings.
Shown above is illustrated where radon comes in your home, weather old or new, it may have a radon problem as it moves up from the ground and in your home where it can start to build up. Radon can enter the home through cracks in the foundation, well water, or even building materials.
Can radon affect your health?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General's Office has estimated that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, and responsible for as many as 20,000 deaths a year in the United States.
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Surgeon General Releases National Health Advisory On Radon
A Citizen's Guide to Radon
Reliable techniques exist for reducing radon levels in homes. Experience with radon mitigation systems has developed to the point that virtually any home can be fixed, either by a trained radon contractor, or in some cases, by homeowners who accomplish the repairs themselves. One out of 15 (6%) homes nationally may have elevated indoor radon levels that should be lower. The percentage of elevated homes in your state may be much higher. The only way to know a house is elevated is to test.
Water quality testing is recommended in any home with a private well or where lead water supply lines may be present. There are many possible water contaminates that may be in the drinking water at your home. Contaminates such as coliform bacteria, lead, nitrites, nitrates and other organic and inorganic material. What to test for is generally determined by the area the home is in and specifically what types if business and industry might be or has been present. All water quality testing is performed at St. Peter Bender Laboratory located in Albany New York.
And now your home is 1 Year Old. And maybe you haven't had any problems with your home. And to protect yourself before your home warranty expires, Zielinski Home Inspections will inspect your new house one month prior to your final walk through with your Builder’s Customer Service spokesperson.
You will receive an electronically documented Home Inspection report including pictures that will detail the visual defects within your new house. This report may be used when discussing with your builder what items should be considered for repair prior to expiration of your new home warranty.
If your builder or real estate agent assured you that you didn't need an inspection, and you went ahead and bought the home without the benefit of an independent inspection, then it’s in your best interest to you to have an unbiased Home Inspection before your warranty runs out.