Is Radon Testing Really Necessary?

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty LLC

You may want to consider a radon test if you’re buying or selling real estate in the East Mountains or the Foothills or anywhere in Bernalillo County for that matter.


Most people probably haven’t even heard of Radon, what it is; and, how it can affect a person. Radon, or exposure to it, is the second leading cause of lung cancer. According to the EPA, each year about 20,000 lung cancer deaths are attributed to radon.


Radon is in the air naturally as uranium decays in our soils and water. It can seep into our homes and office buildings if it has no way to escape into the atmosphere. Sub-ground level areas can have an even higher risk of radon exposure.


The EPA has guidelines designed to help us know what is or isn’t a safe level of radon. Should a home or office building have a high level of radon in its inside air there are recommended courses of action that can be taken by a qualified radon contractor.


Bernalillo County, where I reside, has been identified by the EPA as an area with the potential for high radon levels based on the local geology. Most new home builders here in Bernalillo County are installing passive radon mitigation in their homes. This passive system will help to bypass the inside of the home and allow the radon gases to escape safely into the atmosphere.


Radon testing is offered by many of the home inspection companies. It requires testing equipment to be in the home for a minimum of 48 hours in order to collect data. That data is then translated into an average reading.


This reading is then compared to the EPA’s guidelines for what is considered a safe or a toxic level of radon in the home.  There are proven methods of abatement and it is highly recommended that you talk with a qualified radon contractor to assess the various options.


I own a home in the East Mountains with a walk-out. Guess I better order a radon test for my own home especially since almost 1/3 is below grade. If you are looking to buy a home in the East Mountains, give me a call at 505-417-5298.


Comments (8)

Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

Welcome to Activerain and I hope you are learning a lot and if you ever need any assistance, don't hesitate to check out my blog, email me, call me, I will be glad to help you in any way possible. Also, check out the main page of Activerain and look for the Activerain University tab, there are lots of educational webinars to help you build your business.

May 14, 2013 03:28 PM
Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team
Ken's Home Team LLC. - Vancouver, WA

Welcome to Activerain from from all of us at Ken's Home Team. I think you will find this site to be a wealth of knowledge and referrals. This really is the best real estate blogging and real estate network on the internet. If you have any questions about Activerain, reach out to the wonderful Ambassadors here in the rain. (They are a wealth of knowledge and were picked by the Activerain staff for their williness to help others)

May 14, 2013 03:31 PM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information
Howdy and afternoon Ryan
Welcome to the ActiveRain Real Estate blogging community! You'll sure find a lot of mighty fine folks here in the community to get to know. I'm one of the many ActiveRain community members which are an ActiveRain Ambassador.
If you should ever have any questions about how to do anything or about the rules of the ActiveRain community, please feel free to contact me either by sending me a e-mail or by giving me a call, I'll sure be mighty glad to give you a helping hand. If for some reason I don't know the answer to a question which you might have, I'll sure will find out the answer and get back to you with an answer.
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Keep up your mighty fine job of posting! I'll be looking forward to seeing even more blog posts written and posted by you, plus seeing you join some of the mighty fine groups in the AR community.
Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire
May 15, 2013 06:39 AM
Greg Steffens
Mountain Country Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post.  Be sure to spend some time looking around at what and how others are blogging here - it is a great education and lots of fun.  Looks like you’re off to a great start…keep it up!

May 16, 2013 01:22 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Ryan-   Welcome to Active Rain!  I'd never thought of radon until we bought a house in VA.  When we purchased it there was no radon problem however when we sold it the numbers seemed to be high.  I learned then that radon numbers can be affected by the time of year it is taken and the weather conditions. 

May 18, 2013 04:01 AM
Ryan Nolan
eXp Realty LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Todd, Ken, Dale, Greg and Kathy,

Thank you all so much for the warm welcome and your suggestions on using Active Rain. I appreciate you all as I can certainly use all the help I can get!


Thanks again!!!

May 20, 2013 02:11 AM
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | - Greenville, DE
Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach

Ryan, Thanks for Sharing & Welcome to the Rain! Active Rain is a great place to share your knowledge, expertise and thoughts, as well as network and learn so much from the vast pool of talent already onboard. Thanks for sharing & I look forward to reading your upcoming posts. If you would like to connect with me on ActiveRain, please subscribe to my blog! Welcome Aboard & Much Success!

May 21, 2013 01:03 PM
Ryan Nolan
eXp Realty LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Thanks so much Letitia! I will seek you out!!!

May 30, 2013 03:35 AM