Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that can cause a range of health problems, including cancer. You might wonder if radon home testing is necessary at your place. You can tell if you need to request a radon home inspection by looking for the following issues.

Cracks in the Basement

Deposits of radon exist in the ground all over the world. The gas is radioactive because the deposits contain materials like uranium. Normally, this isn't a big deal because the gas slowly dissipates through the soil and into the air. It becomes a problem when people disturb the soil, such as by installing a foundation.

This still isn't usually a big deal. However, cracks in the basement can allow radioactive gas to get into a house. Airflow is much more limited inside a building, and that allows the gas to build up in the basement and heating ducts.

Water Wells

Any soil disturbance has the ability to stir up radon gas. If your property has a water well, it's wise to request an occasional radon home inspection. The gas can get trapped in water lines coming from the well. It then comes out whenever you use the water to wash dishes or clothes, take a shower or bath, or take a drink.

Even if there has been previous radon home testing, issues can develop later. A well could've developed cracks since the last test, and these could start the process.

Chronic Coughs or Other Health Issues

Ideally, you can catch the radon issue before it triggers serious health issues. However, many people don't think to ask for a radon home inspection until they've developed chronic coughs or other health problems. Worse, they often go through a series of medical tests and then try things like checking for mold. Only once they've eliminated every other possibility do they consider radon.

Fortunately, radon home testing is cost-effective to include among a battery of other tests. The health risks are high, so you should put checking for radon at the top of your list of potential culprits if you or someone in your house is suffering unexplained illnesses. Especially if health concerns involve respiratory disorders, check for radon early.

Newly Acquired House

It is prudent to ask a contractor for a radon home inspection during the acquisition period. If possible, request an inspection before you commit to buying. Radon mitigation involves significant work, and you'll want a discount if you have to wait for mitigation work before you can move in.