Buying a home? Know about Radon!

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So, you're in the market to buy a home.  You've decided that you want your own place to raise your family.  So, don't you want your family to be as safe as possible in your new home?  Of course you do!  So when you finally find your dream home, you'll want to make sure that your home inspector performs a Radon test.  

What is Radon, you ask?  Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is harmless in small concentrations.  While it is emitted pretty much everywhere, certain parts of New Jersey contain higher concentrations than others.  Radon, however, is not something to be dismissed.  It is the second leading cause of lung cancer and it is the number one cause of Lung cancer amongst non-smokers.  Typically, Radon is found in basements and crawlspaces, as it dissipates in the air, and sometimes in high (dangerous) concentrations.  Your home inspector will perform a Radon test, where a canister is left for a few days then picked up and sent to a lab to measure the Radon concentration.  As long as the concentration is below 4.0 picocuries/liter, remediation is not required.  If the concentration is higher than 4.0, you can still safely live in the house, but you'll need to have remediation equipment installed.  That equipment, usually a series of fans, controllers, and a "chimney pipe"  can be professionally installed and usually costs around $1500 for a permanent solution.

Fortunately, of the 22 towns with the highest Radon concentrations, none are in Union County.  It turns out that 7 Union County towns have "moderate" Radon risk.  Those towns are Berkeley Heights, Clark, New Providence, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, and Westfield.  The only town in Union County that is considered "low" Radon risk is Cranford.

A complete list of the towns with high, moderate and low risks and a map of the Radon concentrations in New Jersey are available here.  

For information about purchasing a home, contact Team Zuhl today!  Remember, with Team Zuhl everything we touch turns to SOLD!!!


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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Radon is pretty common in our area of Ohio.  It's about 50/50 whether a radon test will pass or fail and having some go to companies for radon mitigation is important. 

Jan 10, 2017 01:56 PM #1
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Wayne and Jean this is a great post about radon in your area!  We don't have that issue here in my area as the map indicates. I  recently taught a CE class that covered all these kinds of issues - and - most agents in class had no idea about radon as they've never had to deal with it. 

Jan 10, 2017 03:18 PM #2
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Just today one of my buyer clients got the report back on the radon levels in the house they are buying.  Back in late October they got a reading of 24.4pi/Cl and after the system was put in the levels went down to 2.2 and this is with a frozen ground.

Jan 10, 2017 05:16 PM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Wayne and Jean- many people in our area have been doing the home test.  Easy to do.

Jan 10, 2017 09:48 PM #4
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

interesting map... it seems to be everywhere but more worriesom in some places

Jan 11, 2017 10:21 AM #5
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl It's on our disclosures but I, personally, have never seen or heard about it in south Florida.  

Jan 11, 2017 06:13 PM #6
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