Radon: What is it, why should I care, and what can I do about it?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors BK3216615

Radon: What is it, why should I care, and what can I do about it?

 

Q.  Is radon real?

Yup. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that forms as the result of the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water, and can be found anywhere in the world.  This radioactive gas comes up out of the ground and can seep into buildings. According to the United States Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States after smokingA 2003 report from the EPA estimated that radon causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year.

 

Here is a clip of ASHI-certified inspector Richard McGarry, of McGarry and Madsen Home inspections, talking about radon and what homeowners and potential homebuyers can do about it:

 

 




McGarry, who conducts much of his business in  Gainesville, Florida, shared that Alachua County has a higher incidence of radon than other areas of the state.  This radon map of Alachua County, Florida confirms his assertions.

Finding radon in your home, either the home you currently live in or the home you wish to buy, is not the end of the world. 

Testing for radon can be done in a number of ways, and is relatively inexpensive.  This EPA website will help you get started.

If you find your home has a high level of radon, installing a radon mitigation system to reduce the radon levels in your home only costs a couple of thousand dollars ... a small price to pay for peace of mind.  Again, this EPA website is a wonderful resource in helping you identify radon detection and mitigation professionals in your area.
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Coleen DeGroff, MBA - REALTOR

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Comments (9)

BethAnn Long
RE/MAX of Spokane - Spokane, WA
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate

Thank you for reminding us to take radon seriously!

Feb 07, 2010 10:13 AM
Renee L. Norton
Birmingham, AL

Thanks for the post.  Radon is one of those silent killers.  We can see, smell or hear it...but it is still there.

Feb 07, 2010 10:13 AM
Jackie Cross
Real Living All Florida Realty - Port St Lucie, FL
Interesting post. We have do not seem to have this problem in our area.
Feb 07, 2010 10:29 AM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

BethAnn: You're welcome!  Thanks for stopping by.

 

Renee:  Because we cannot see, hear, or smell it, sometimes people think radon is just a giant load of B.S. designed to take money out of our pockets.  It's times like that I like to remind them that we can't see, hear, or smell gravity....but we know it's there.

Feb 07, 2010 10:29 AM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Hi Jackie,

Although radon levels vary from location to location, and from home to home, the only way to know for sure what the levels are in a specific home is to do a test, which costs less than $100. A small price to pay for peace of mind.

 

I always counsel my buyers to check the "Additional/Expanded Inspections" box on the contract for this reason.

Feb 07, 2010 10:33 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA
I find it interesting that with all the granite and sand in San Diego County, we have very few radon problems.
Feb 07, 2010 10:22 PM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Russel - That is interesting. Just curious....do buyers normally request radon tests as part of their inspections in San Diego County?

Feb 08, 2010 12:17 AM
R. Greg Osmond
Sutton Group-Capital Realty Ltd. - St Johns, NL
MBA, Red Maple Realty

Coleen,  Thanks for the information on radon gas.  I am not sure if anyone checks for that in Newfoundland.  I will have to check it out.

And thanks very much for dropping by my blog and commenting today.  Much appreciate the kind words!

Feb 09, 2010 01:03 PM
Shannon Thomas
Selling Indy Metro, LLC - Avon, IN
Managing Broker, E-Pro, ABR,SRS, SFR

Hey Thanks,  I just had a home come back positive for Radon above 7.   Just doing research on it and of course started my search for information on active rain.  Thank you much.   Will go to the Epa site now. 

Sep 10, 2010 12:05 AM