Bill Riga
Platinum Home Inspections, Inc.
                R A D O N     Why Test ?

What is Radon?

Radon is a gas produced by the radioactive decay of the elements in the soil.   Radioactive decay
is a natural occurrence.  Levels of indoor radon are found in every state. We know from medical
and environmental studies that radon can be a health risk, primarily as a cause of lung cancer.
Radon comes from the soil, rock, and water around us. Because levels of radon vary from place
to place, and because houses differ in their vulnerability to radon,
it is important that all homes
be measured for radon.  In fact the State of Illinois strongly recommends that all homes
purchased have a Radon Inspection.

What are the consequences?

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non smokers and the number two cause
of lung cancer over all.

What can I do?

At the time you schedule your home inspection you can also schedule a Radon Inspection.  The
test is conducted by Certificated Radon Professionals who use state of the art digital continuous
monitoring.  The test depending on building conditions takes from 48 to 96 hours.  During this
time data is collected and stored.  When the monitors are retrieved the data is analyzed, a printed
report is generated for both the client and the inspector.

What if the levels are high?

Because you have had a Radon Test prior to closing you can now use this information to
negotiate the best price for your house.  This may include a Radon Mitigation System.  These
systems typically range from $800.00 to $1500.00

New State Law:   Disclosure Pamphlet

Illinois Radon Awareness Act became effective January 1, 2008, the majority of residential real
estate sales will have a new separate disclosure document for radon. This disclosure requires:

1.        A Radon Warning Statement advising the buyer that the property may present exposure to dangerous
levels of indoor radon gas and may place the occupants at risk of developing radon-induced lung

2.        Signed acknowledgment by the real estate agents that they have informed the seller of the seller’s
obligations under Illinois law.

3.        The Seller provide an IEMA
(Illinois Emergency Management Agency) approved Radon
Disclosure Pamphlet to the buyer.

4.        The Seller disclose any knowledge and provide any available documentation of radon test results
from the home.

4.        All parties in the transaction, including all real estate agents, sign the document acknowledging the
transfer of the required information.