Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas

Radon is radioactive gas emitted when uranium decays. And because most rocks contain traces of uranium, it leaks from the soil virtually everywhere on Earth. Like uranium, radon decays, too. If it does this in your lungs, the alpha particles it releases can harm the DNA in your cells. “When we talk about radon risk, we really mean the risk from radon and its decay products,” says Phillip Price, a physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. If enough DNA gets damaged, the mutations pile up and … lung cancer.

Radon is everywhere, but it doesn’t usually pose much of a risk because it disperses into the open air. “What’s unnatural are the radon levels that accumulate indoors,” says James McLaughlin, president of the European Radon Association.

The value we offer our home buying clients:

The peace of mind that your home is safe from a dangerous elevated level of radon gas


Potentially saving the home buyer about $1,200. The national average of having a radon mitigation system installed.

When faced with the problem of an elevated radon level, the home seller may pay to have a radon mitigation system installed. Finding out during the inspection contingency period is key.  Often times a seller will pay for radon mitigation if presented with evidence of an elevated radon level during the inspection contingency period. Once you have purchased the home that responsibility is all yours.

Safety 1st Home Inspection only uses professional quality continuous radon monitors that are calibrated annually.

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