Homeowners and Realtors expressing importance of radon tests

Originally aired and published at NBC 6 WJAC 

by Alexis Wainwright

CENTRE COUNTY – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be giving out free radon-testing kits to some homeowners in parts of Centre County.

Those areas for free testing include Potter, Penn and Haines Township.

Some people aren't aware of the invisible, odorless gas, which can be dangerous.

In most cases, authorities say if you see something, say something but this situation is different.

The free test being given to some homeowners also helps spread awareness about the dangerous gas.

"You can't smell it, you can't see it, you don't know it's there," said Dawnyelle Sweeley, Realtor with Keller Williams Realty.

"It is a cancer causing gas, so people with little ones, they're nine times out of 10 going to test for it. Most buyers are testing for radon these days," Sweeley said.

Although radon tests are not required by the state of Pennsylvania, Keller Williams highly recommends it.

"When we’re talking about inspections and we're asking -- do you want to have a home inspection? Do you want to have a pest inspection? And oh, by the way do you want to have a radon inspection.? I always tell my clients to go home and Google 'radon,'" Sweeley said.

According to the DEP, Pennsylvania is prone to high radon levels.

"I think it's pretty important,” homeowner Kurt Steele said. “It hasn’t been conclusive but they've done some studies and radon (is) not something you want to play with."

Steele had his first home tested for radon and is in the process of getting another test for a new home.

"If you're in the process of buying a new home or building a new home, it would be a really good idea, or if you're in a home and never had a radon test or it's been a long time ... it would definitely be something you should look into," Steele said.

One company told 6 News that tests should be done once about every two years.

If you're not eligible for the free testing, at-home testing kits are available at most home improvement stores, or you can contact local officials to do testing for you.

Date : 3/8/2018