Updated: Jun 3, 2022
A surveyor does not check for high radon levels during a pre-purchase survey. A radon test requires 2 detectors to be left in the property for 90 days and then returned to a lab for testing.
This lab test will confirm if the levels of radon are safe or high levels.
Our recommendation would be that everyone should get a radon test on their home as soon as they can after moving in. Obviously, risks are very low, but testing is relatively cheap (usually €50-€100) and can give you peace of mind!
What is Radon Gas?
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is present everywhere. When Radon levels are high, it can result in some health complications most notably lung cancer. Because of this, it is vital to have your home tested and if levels are high, appropriate action is taken which may involve the installation of a radon barrier.
This video from the Environmental Protection Agency explains it in more detail
If you want more information on radon gas, you should contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at PO Box 3000, Johnstown Castle Estate, County Wexford, Y35 W821 or visit the website at www.epa.ie