The hopeful buyers of my residential Ohio home hired a home inspector, and the guy installed a Radon detection unit in the basement as part of his job.
My house is 100 years old and not exactly airtight, even when closed up. Yet the directions to me as this test runs are as follows “Please leave all doors and windows closed during the run of the test, with the exception of normal egress from the house during normal daily activities.”
Isn’t Radon testing a scam to begin with?
I mean, I’m not denying the existence of chemical element 86 (Rn), but is it really that big of a problem that homes are tested for it? Everything I’ve read on Radon says that unless you live in certain portions of Iowa or the Appalachian region of PA, your chances of being affected are statistically insignificant. I have a feeling that Home Inspectors like adding this little test on because they can scare the potential home buyers into paying for an added (but unnecessary) fee.
If Radon can seep through concrete foundations and clay soil and various building structures anyway, what difference does it make if I have my doors and windows open during the Radon test?