When I wrote last week’s blog my intention was to add to it this week. Even though I have discussed Radon gas in a previous post titled “Radon – Odorless, Colorless & Deadly”, I feel it necessary to bring it up again while discussing what to consider before finishing your basement with Home Inspectors Huntley IL.
The funny thing is the day after I published my blog; there was an article in the Northwest Herald about the dangers of Radon Gas in McHenry County. I guess great minds really do think alike.
Why do homeowners finish their basements? Most times the answer to that question is for the extra living space. Maybe it is going to be a place for the kids to play, for the teenagers to hang out, or maybe even a place for Dad to get away. Whatever that reason happens to be, it usually means someone is going to be spending time down there.
I’m not going to bore you with the details, but there is a long, technical reason involving half lives and other scientific terms that back this up, but the lower levels of a home tend to have the higher concentrations of radon gas. If you remember, Radon gas is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the US and the number two cause overall. More information about Radon can be found on the Environmental Protection Agency website.
High levels of Radon can be, in most cases, easily remediated but it is much easier and more cost effective to have done before the basement is finished. If your basement is already finished, it is not too late to test for Radon. Testing is quick and easy.
Our Radon technician is a Licensed Measurement Professional in the state of Illinois. Give us a call today to schedule your Radon test at 847 669 9040.
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