Do I Need to Worry About Radon?

Radon is the leading cause of lunger cancer for non-smokers.  It is also the second leading cause for lung cancer in the general population. So Yes, we should be concerned about Radon.  How does it get into my home?  Radon enters your home through cracks in the floors, walls or foundations.  Very often it enters through the sump pump pit in your basement.  Testing is the only way you will know if you have high radon levels.

Has your home been tested?  It’s quite possible that you may have had a test done when you bought your current home.  As a Buyers Realtor, I always recommend that my buyers have a test done prior to purchasing a home.  If not, don’t worry you can still have it tested.  The EPA has said that levels at or above 4.0 pCi/L are dangerous and should be mitigated.

How Do I Test My Home?  You have a couple of different options.  You can get an enexpensive test for $10 – $90 depending on the kit.  You can lso hire an inspector to do the test for you.  They will intall a machine in the basement or the lowest level of the home that will run for 2-3 days taking readings.  Once they get results from the readings, the numbers are averaged.  This average number is what’s used to determine if radon mitigation is needed.  The cost of a radon inspection is around $130.

Now you’re asking How do I get rid of radon and what it is mitigation?  Radon Mitigation is the process of removing radon from the home.  Radon mitigation should be done by a licensed professional.  The professional will install a piping system in the lowest point in your home and pipe it through your home through the roof.  There is usually a motor installed on the roof that then pumps the gases out.  There are standards as to how the system is run and where it goes.  Below you will find a few links that will guide you further.  The costs of a radon mitigation system usually run anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500.  I usually suggest to my clients that they run the sysem in a place that is hidden such as through closets or the garage.  The pipe isn’t the most attractive and why ruin the look of your home by running it outside and up an exterior wall when you can hide it.

Once you’ve tested and mitigated please remember to retest to make sure the results come back below 4.0pCi/L.  Below are the links I mentioned earlier.  Here’s to healthier air in your home!

State Radon Guide

EPA Radon Regulations

Radon Mitigation Specialists

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