Before buying a new home or a property it is important that you have it inspected by a qualified Perth building inspectors to make that the house or the property you are about to buy is in a good condition or worth its asking price and in compliance with the building code requirement in Perth. Basically, a standard building inspection would only cover the inspection on structural, electrical, plumbing, HVAC system and grounds. A standard building inspection does not cover the radon testing.
But why you should include radon testing during property building inspection? Before I answer that question let’s have a quick discussion about radon gas. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in rock, soil and water. Radon is invisible, tasteless and odourless that cannot be detected by our sense alone. Radon invades our home and building undetected through the cracks and opening that are in contact with the ground. Prolonged exposure to indoor air that has a high level of radon concentration will increase your risk in developing lung cancer. In US, radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer, next to smoking, resulting approximately 22,000 deaths every year.
Radon is not exclusive in the US. Radon is natural gas that is present all over the world including Australia. That is why whenever you buy a new home or property it is important to include radon testing during home inspection. Radon testing is inexpensive and easily done, the building inspector may charge you extra for this test but it will be all worth it. If the result of the radon test will reveal that there is an unacceptable level of radon (over 4 pCi/L) found the property, it would be a good idea to ask the agent/seller who will shoulder the expenses for radon mitigation.
Radon mitigation is the system or steps made to reduce the level of radon in an indoor air. Radon mitigation requires technical knowledge and skills, and can only be done a certified radon measurement and mitigation services. It could be costly depending on the size and design of the building as well as the soil composition. Of course, you can use this argument to ask for lower the price if you will be one who will shoulder the cost of radon mitigation process.
On the question why you should include radon testing during house inspection? You should include the radon testing during house inspection to safeguard yourself and loved ones from getting lung cancer due to radon gas exposure.