Every week we ask a real estate professional for their Short List, a collection of tips and recommendations on an essential topic in real estate. This week, we talked with Todd Caise of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors on why you should test a client’s home for radon gas.
10. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
9. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises homeowners to test annually for radon.
8. Radon can be found anywhere, especially in soils and water sources.
7. Radon is colorless, tasteless, odorless, and deadly.
6. The EPA states that the average exterior radon level is around 0.4 pCi/l, and the interior levels should be lower than 4.0 pCi/l. In the United States, the typical indoor radon levels average between 1.3 – 1.8 pCi/l.
5. Radon can come from granite, travertine, marble and other earth mined materials commonly found in homes.
4. Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the United States has elevated radon levels.
3. Radon gas is a key factor in the Unhealthy House Syndrome – even more so than mold.
2. Your clients are most likely to get their greatest exposure to radon within their own home.
1. The first step towards finding out if your clients are at risk is to call in a professional remediation team to check for and remove radon.
Todd Caisse joined Pillar To Post Home Inspectors in 2013. He earned his Engineering degree from Northeastern University and has 30 year of experience in the construction industry. Caisse is a licensed home and pest inspector for the state of Massachusetts. Todd is an active member of ASHI and holds certificates in mold and radon sampling.
For more information on radon testing, as well as all other home inspection related inquiries, please contact:
Todd Caisse, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors
North Attleboro, MA 02760