Bad news on Radon........

Real Estate Agent with Smart Green Realty

My buyers have been looking for a house for more than a year! They finally decided on new construction. We just got the radon results back and they were as high as I have ever seen! 60 picocures in the basement! Two days later, the seller put in a radon remediation system. I'm not a scientist. Of course, I told them you can retest. The builder gave me this advice: "In 40 years in the business, I have learned that the less you say, the better." He meant that I should just put out the facts and not try to talk them into staying in the deal. Good advice? What would you say?

Comments (2)

Bruce Breedlove
Avalon Inspection Services - Colorado Springs, CO

Practically any house can be mitigated. I have tested houses with radon levels much higher than the one you referenced and retested them after mitigation. One house initially tested at 147 pCi/L and after mitigation the radon concentration had been reduced to well below 3 pCi/L.

Sep 20, 2010 06:51 PM
zeta Cross

Thanks for the comment, Brad. Here is what happened: The builder got the radon guy to put in a larger fan than normal. The inspector brought back his tamper-proof machine radon detector (vs old fashioned cans). The new remediation system worked great. The levels came back at below 1. I did not dare try to talk the people into staying in the deal. But, by the contract, I believe their lawyer told them that if the remediation worked, they had to buy the house or lose their $25,000 deposit. It is a great house. Settlement is tomorrow.

Sep 21, 2010 12:27 AM