Radon Gas - What's Okay?

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty 442805 Ohio

 

Radon Gas is found in every day life, but What's Okay?  

 

Radon Gas Trapped in Home

 

 

 

 

One of my buyers had a recent Radon Test done on a home they are purchasing, which I always recommend to do.  

Typically I do not use a Radon tester who also sells the systems - Bad vibes for me!  In this case, the general home inspector recommended a tester to my client whom I have never met before and my clients hired the tester based on the general inspectors recommendation.  

 

While we were at the house I quickly realized this tester also sells the systems, while warning bells are blaring in my head, I did not want to delay the inspection process for my clients, so I took a wait and see approach. 

 

Actually the levels came back in the  acceptable range  and the reading clearly states "PASS"  (the results are on the low end of the scale) When my client asked this tester if this was okay he answered them with an 'it's decent'  which now has them worried as can be.  

 

Now I have to ask, what is his intent?  To sell one of the systems?

 

I have spent some time educating them on Radon Gas and have referred them to the EPA sites for further clarification and comfort.

 

What's The Concern about Radon Gas?

As noted on the EPA site:

EPA estimates that about 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. are radon-related. Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water. Radon is a form of ionizing radiation and a proven carcinogen. Lung cancer is the only known effect on human health from exposure to radon in air.  

Radon Lung Cancer

 

No doubt this is very serious and should be treated as such, which is why I always recommend that people have a Radon Test completed.

 

With that being said, I don't believe that people should be made to worry and fret needlessly!  

 

Because of the serious health threat, I have had many clients who have had the Radon Test done and it has come back on the high end (close to 4.0 pCi/L) and I send them right away for a second opinion by an approved mitigator for our state, Ohio.  I've used the same mitigator for years as I've found him to be honest, trustworthy, dependable and reasonable.  

In this case, I feel the tester hired for this inspection is creating unwarranted worry and stress.   I want my clients to feel good about their decision so I recommended that they get further information on the government sites and I gave them the number to a few approved mitigators.  

 

Radon Heat MapHeat Map

Already a homeowner and wondering if your at risk?  You can hire an inspector to run a Radon Test or you can get your own Radon Test Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Radon Enters a House

 

 

 

 

 

Radon Gas is found naturally outside and can seep into your house through various ways.   The key is to make sure the Radon Levels in your house are at acceptable recommended levels to help keep you safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Craig Rutman
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One could only hope that the inspector wouldn't risk his license by scamming unsuspecting folks into buying one of his Radon testing kits. Hopefully those alarms blarring in your head are a false alarm!

Sep 27, 2010 07:35 AM #1
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Christine Hart Howlett
Painesville and Eastern Lake County - Painesville, OH
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Christine, I had no idea until I started selling real estate how dangerous radon gas really is.  I keep thinking I should have our house tested, but haven't gotten around to it yet.  Thanks for the great post.

Sep 27, 2010 07:50 AM #2
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Lets hope the alarm going off in your head was a false alarm and the inspector wasn't just trying to sell them one of his systems.

Sep 27, 2010 08:53 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
eXp Realty - Willoughby, OH
eXp Realty - Because Experience Matters

Craig and Roger -  OMG  did you two just about say the same thing?  Please!!!  LOL

 

I know Christine, its scary isn't it.  And when I hear someone has lung cancer and never smoked a day in their life, I sometimes wonder, could it be?  Just call one of your inspectors, they'll run the test.

Sep 27, 2010 09:11 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Yikes, I didn't even notice that...................LOL.

Sep 27, 2010 09:20 AM #5
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Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
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Christine,

Interesting post. I wonder about the same companies that do FREE water tests!

I'm reblogging this!

Sep 28, 2010 02:00 AM #6
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Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
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Thanks Michele for the re-blog

Sep 28, 2010 02:15 PM #7
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Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Press Release from WHO on Sep 22, 2009 - Radon gas has been identified as the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers according to recent studies conducted throughout the world.  The World Health Organization states that as many as 14% of the lung cancer cases in many countries (including the United States) are caused by exposure to radon gas.  These recent findings have lead to the establishment of a new standard for action of 2.7 for indoor radon levels

Note that the EPA sets a lower standard than WHO for concern about radon.  Just because 4.0 is the standard now doesn't mean that it will stay that way in the future. 

Oct 03, 2010 03:56 AM #8
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Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
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Thanks Gail.  My clients have been doing a lot of research and called a second opinion.    And you are very right, standards can change at any time.

Oct 03, 2010 08:40 AM #9
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