Radon Testing When Purchasing a Home

Reblogger Will Hamm
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes

With this being National Radon Action Month more people should know more about Radon!

Original content by Walt Fish WI 739-106

Radon

As many of you are aware, January is Radon awareness month. Here in upper Michigan, levels that require mitigation are found on 3-25% (depending on county) of homes professionally tested and levels vary throughout the UP. 

The first question your customer might ask, is: should I do the testing myself? Here's a quote from the Michigan DEQ:  "Testing can be done with a do-it-yourself kit that you send back to a laboratory for analysis, or you can hire a professional to test for you. If you are willing to read and follow instructions, a do-it-yourself kit may be adequate. However, if you're involved in a real estate transaction, you may wish to hire a professional tester."

Why would they say that? Several reasons really. First, a prosective home buyer is more likely to want an independant unbiased evaluation of all potential problems, including possible high concentrations of Radon gas, particularly in the living areas of the home. 

Second, to get accurate results, there are specific steps that must be adheared to. The "condition of the home" before and during the testing is one of them. Also, depending on the testing method, there are ways of determining the potential for outside interference as well as radom error (internal and external). Trained professionals have ways of ensuring the accuracy (blank samples, calibration) and will run control tests where applicable, to verify precision.

   

Another potential concern with the "free" charcoal  bags that you can get from the local health deparments is that the protocal for testing these "blue bags" appears to be more laxed, and the results questionable. I recently spoke with a home inspector who picked up a couple of these as he was out of his professional kits and was in a bind. When he noticed they had been expired for 6 months, he called the testing lab and they told him they would still run the test as there is a different protocal for those kits. In other words, since it's not for a rela estate transaction, accuracy is considered less important.

One more thing. homes are more closed up in winter months and tend to have the highest Radon levels. This is the time to get those homes tested.

If you know of any need for this in the UP, give them my web address:  www.UPsBestInspector.com  or direct them to my dedicated Radon site:  www.UPRadon.com 

 

       

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Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you  reblogging the post. I hope home  buyers  will read it.

Jan 12, 2017 04:02 PM #2
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Will Hamm
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Lucky you William Feela, we can see anything from 2.5 to 28 in out area.

 

Jan 12, 2017 04:04 PM #3
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Will Hamm
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Hello Gita Bantwal, I am with you and hope more people read this.

 

Jan 12, 2017 04:05 PM #4
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Joe Pryor
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We don't do any radon testing in Oklahoma City and we typically do not do basements here.

Jan 12, 2017 07:04 PM #5
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
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Important reblog, Will.  We just put in a new smoke and radon detector in one of our homes.  

Jan 12, 2017 11:07 PM #6
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
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No one wants to glow in the dark from their drinking water and this post makes you think about what you drink. Test it to be sure.. Thanks Will Hamm !

Jan 13, 2017 04:23 AM #7
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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To my knowledge, we don't have much of that here, but I have certainly heard of it being an issue in some parts.

Jan 13, 2017 05:50 AM #8
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Will. Your post is thoughtful and informative. Well done.

Jan 13, 2017 05:54 AM #9
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Will Nesbitt
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(303) 796-7000 to talk to Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes, Will Hamm to Denver, CO.

Jan 13, 2017 07:30 AM #10
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Walt Fish
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Thanks for reblogging William. The EPA set 4 pCi/l as the mitigation level though they don't consider any level completely safe. We have one county in the UP that shows about 25% of the tests coming back above that and an overall average from the testing there of about 5.3 pCi/l. The local health departments have also been finding higher levels of Uranium in quite a few private wells and there is at least some corrolation as Radon comes from Radium, which comes from Uranium. They are now recommending that all private wells in upper Michigan be tested for Uranium as there is some (small) risk of increased stomach cancer from injesting it over time. www.UPRadon.com 

Jan 13, 2017 10:25 AM #11
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Wow Joe,  I did not know you do not do basement there.  Interesting.

Jan 13, 2017 04:35 PM #12
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Will Hamm
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Hello Jane Chaulklin-Schoot,  Good for you for sure!

 

Jan 13, 2017 04:36 PM #13
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Will Hamm
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Helloo Andrew Moore,  You are so right about not glowing .

Jan 13, 2017 04:37 PM #14
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Brian England,  Lucky if you guys to not have it down there.

Jan 13, 2017 04:37 PM #15
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Will Hamm
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Thanks Sheila Anderson for stopping by to see this one.

 

Jan 13, 2017 04:38 PM #16
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Will Nesbitt, thanks for your kind words.

 

Jan 13, 2017 04:38 PM #17
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Will Hamm
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Wow Walt Fish I did not know about testing the wells up there.

 

Jan 13, 2017 04:39 PM #18
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
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Will 

Good job in explaining radon testing.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludiwg

Jan 13, 2017 05:26 PM #19
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Roy Kelley
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This is a good selection for a reblog. Radon tests are standard in our area.

Jan 14, 2017 07:42 AM #20
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

A good post sharing information about Radon, what is interesting in our area is that houses next door to each other can give widely different readings. One may need mitigation the other not. Here inspectors always say after rain the readings are higher.

Jan 14, 2017 01:04 PM #21
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