As a responsible homeowner, your house was inspected by the seller before going on the market and again by your own inspector before you made an offer. It was appraised by a representative from your bank to assure their investment in you, and was appraised again by your own agent to assure the integrity of your investment in your future with the purchase of a home. Your inspections aren’t finished. Your home requires ongoing inspections to guarantee the health and well being of you, your family, and your guests.
Radon is a health issue caused by naturally occurring uranium which was disturbed by the very process of digging the foundation upon which your home was built. Unless you live in a tent, your house has an undetectable amount of radon in it, which is fine. What isn’t normal is when over time, the Earth’s tectonics shift and allow more radon to seep into your house.
Unbeknownst to you, there is already mold in your house which was on the materials in the lumberyard before construction even began. Again, this is normal and a part of modern building technology. When moisture is introduced, whether by a physical leak in the home or humid weather over the course of years, mold can grow to unacceptable levels. Once mold begins growing, it never stops, and can cause serious health concerns to the healthiest of adults and will be worse for elderly people or young children who live in the home.
Electrical problems are a more immediate concern than the gradual buildup of radon or mold over years. For cosmetic reasons the bulk of your electric system is hidden behind your walls. Out of sight, out of mind. Yet the electric system is the most dangerous aspect of your home as it can cause electrocution or a home fire if not properly inspected and maintained.
Radon, mold, and electrical shortcomings are typically caused by a deeper structural problem. Even the best built homes are subject to settling and shifting over time. The house is designed to accommodate such things, but there is simply no way to predict the final results of such a process. This concept explains why it is crucial to continue ongoing inspections to find and correct potential problems before they cause the sort of damage that can potentially make the home uninhabitable without extensive repairs.