Bell Harig Home Inspections Discusses The Importance Of Radon-Testing In Homes

February 13, 2020
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Culpeper, VA based Bell Harig Home Inspections is reaching out to the community to discuss the importance of running tests in their homes for high concentrations of radon gas. Radon is a hazardous gas that lurks in the properties of many unsuspecting Marshall homeowners.

While few people are aware of the threat that radon poses, this is an issue that the Marshall community has been dealing with for several years. Although it is one of the most prosperous communities in Virginia, the region’s soil is not radon-proof. Very few properties have been tested for radon despite the serious threat that this gas poses to homeowners, whose health could be deteriorating without a clear cause that they could identify on their own. In their latest blog post, Bell Harig Home Inspections discusses this issue, sharing insight into multiple factors that Marshall homeowners should be aware of and how they can find out their house's radon-status safely. This article is available here:

"Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that’s produced by decaying uranium. It’s present in nearly all soils, and very low levels of radon are found in the air we breathe every day, according to the American Cancer Society," states the company through their article. They add, "The problem occurs when radon gas enters your home and gets trapped. Long-term exposure to high levels of radon can cause lung cancer. Radon testing is the only way to know whether your home has high levels of radon, which is the first step in addressing the issue and protecting yourself from this invisible threat."

Having outlined the risks of radon, Bell Harig Home Inspections advises homeowners all across the Marshall area to get their houses radon-tested, sharing some insight into how they can do this reliably and promptly. The blog's author states, "There are many ways you can get your house radon-tested, though we advise you not to skimp on expenses as this could lead to you being in the exact situation you are trying to avoid. We are firm believers of the old saying, ‘If anything is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.’ We'll guide you through what you should avoid and actively look out for when getting your house radon-tested, leading you to the best conclusion possible to protect your house against this silent threat.”

The first thing to avoid, according to Bell Harig Home Inspections, is short term radon test kits. These kits have been proven to be an unreliable method of measuring exposure to radon gas, as studies have shown that these tests present imprecise recordings up to 99% of the time when compared to some of the other options. The difference in accuracy is significant enough to render these kits nearly obsolete, and only to be used as a last resource.

Long term radon test kits are a more reliable option, as these measure levels for 90 days up to one year. These are based on alpha particle tracking, which produces a more accurate indicator of average annual levels, which can vary significantly from day to day and month to month based on factors such as a drop in air pressure, gusty winds, variable soil moisture and snow cover (which traps radon gases). Further information is available here:

Regardless of how reliable and convenient such tests may seem at first sight, they do not compare by any means to having a professional assess the situation, as this is the best and most reliable way to protect the health of those in a household. Bell Harig Home Inspections provides excellent Radon Testing services, all of which are carried out by highly qualified professionals who will make sure that the results are as accurate as possible.

The author states, "We understand how concerning it can be to think that your family's health may be decaying because of this invisible threat. Thus, we want to reassure you that you can rely on us for a reliable report at a competitive price. We'll come out to your house, have the pertinent tests done and you'll receive the results once we have corroborated them along with a plan to move forward to address the issue if it were necessary."

Those interested in Bell Harig Home Inspections' services can visit the company's website to learn more. They company’s office location can also be viewed here:

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Bell Harig Home Inspections provides residential inspection services including home inspections, radon testing, and sewer scope inspections to the northern and central Virginia region.

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Eric Harig
Bell Harig Home Inspections
Culpeper, VA 22701
(540) 881-0550

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