Huntington Beach, CA, June 10th, 2020
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) states that in a real estate transaction, a home’s radon level is information all parties should know. This is due to the fact that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States and is believed to be the second leading cause of lung cancer.
For home buyers, the EPA recommends they know what the indoor radon level is in any home that is being considered for purchase. CDPH also advocates that all homes, especially those in moderate or high radon zones, should be tested for radon. The agency goes on to share that the cost of fixing any radon problems could be a negotiating point, added to the mortgage amount, or if nothing else, the home buyer will know upfront how much it will cost to fix the issue.
“Some home buyers think that radon is only an issue in homes with basements, but this is not accurate,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Radon is a radioactive gas released in rock, soil and water that moves up through the ground to the air above and into a home or building through cracks and other holes in the foundation so it can occur in almost any type of home construction. The only way to know if radon levels in a home are elevated is to have it tested. If a problem is found, it can be fixed.”
For those considering the purchase of a home or for families already living in one, radon testing is quick and affordable. Even the U.S. Surgeon General has urged all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for it.
LA Testing offers radon testing laboratory services and easy-to-use test kits. To learn more about radon or other indoor environmental quality (IEQ), building science, occupational, health and safety testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to radon or other IEQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
For more information on the CDPH’s indoor radon program, click here to view the webpage.
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LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: : AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro, San Diego and Ontario.