Radon gas is colorless, odorless, and very dangerous. Here’s what you should know about it.
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When my team of business partners and I represent buyers and sellers in the sale or purchase of their homes, our focus is primarily financial. However, we also have an extreme preoccupation with both environmental and physical safety.
Today I wanted to educate you on what radon is, where it comes from, how to test it, and how to get rid of it.
Radon gas is emitted from aged uranium rock sediment and is around us both inside and outside of our homes. In high concentration, radon can be a serious health risk.
The unit of measurement of the toxic gas is called a picocurie. The EPA recognizes any home with levels above four picocuries as unsafe.
To test for the level of radon in your home, a device is placed in the lowest level and hourly picocurie amounts are registered for at least 48 hours. The longer the test, the more accurate the results are as changes in weather can’t increase or decrease levels in your home.
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The EPA strictly regulates radon testing and mitigation installation and has specifications for each, which only licensed and certified radon companies possess.
It is a myth that radon cannot exist in a home without a basement. Radon can exist in any and all types of homes, offices, etc., and the level of radon depends primarily on the type of rock sediment under the slab of the home/structure and other factors such as cracks, scores in the concrete, or cracks in the foundation.
Radon gas testing is an option when purchasing a home all across the states and radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the US. To test for radon costs approximately $150 and to have a mitigation system installed is $850 to $1000. You don’t have to have deep pockets or be interested in selling your home to keep your family safe from this toxic gas.
If you have any questions for us about radon or anything else related to real estate, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.