Irrespective of whether you are selling a home or buying, a home inspection is always an important factor not to miss. When purchasing a residential or commercial property, the presence of Radon gas on the property can certainly catch you by surprise.
What Is Radon?
Radon is a natural element that is created by uranium decay in the soil. This radioactive material can be present in every state and can also poison a water supply near the household. Though according to the periodic table Radon is an inert gas, as the heaviest of all inert gases found naturally, it also shows radioactive properties. In many parts of the country, the natural breaking down of uranium present in the soil or the rocks produce Radon gas which then emits through the cracks in the foundation and structure of the building.
What Does All That Mean?
Radon gas is a silent killer. It is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You can’t taste it, smell it, or even know if it’s present without testing for it. It comes from the breakdown of Uranium in the soil. Here is a map of Ohio from the EPA website showing the radon gas levels in the state.
Map of Radon Zones in Ohio based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data