If you are purchasing an older home, you need to ensure it is safe to move into. This includes checking the plumbing, electricity, and more. There also may be hidden dangers in the home that you are not aware of that can cause health problems and even death. Below are two of these dangers so you can get the home tested.
Radon cannot be seen or smelled so you would have no idea the home has it. Radon is a radioactive gas that can lead to lung cancer over time. There are trace amounts of radon in the air outside but not enough to cause health problems. When the radon is outside, it disperses quickly. If there is radon inside a home, however, it is trapped and does not quickly disperse. Radon can get in through holes in your foundation or any type of crack.
Hire a company to perform a radon inspection. The testing will show the radon levels so the company will know if they are too high. If they are high, you need to hire a professional radon service to make repairs to your home. This is generally done by installing a ventilation system in your crawlspace and increasing the air change rate in your home.
Another thing you should test your home for is carbon monoxide. Like radon, this is not seen or smelled no matter how much of it is in your home. Because of this purchase a test kit to test the carbon monoxide levels in your home. The test kit you purchase will come with complete instructions on how to use it.
You can also hire a professional to test your home for carbon monoxide which may be the best option. They use different tools to do the test, such as an electronic gas monitor system. This test will also show if your home has high mold spores, allergens, and more.
The company may test inside your HVAC unit to see if this is where the carbon monoxide is coming from. They may hire an HVAC contractor to help them. They will also check gas from a furnace and other areas. If you do a test yourself and find carbon monoxide open all windows, turn off the HVAC unit, and leave immediately. Hire a professional to come to your home to determine why you have carbon monoxide so they can get it out of your home.
You can also install a radon and carbon monoxide detector which works much like a smoke detector.