January is National Radon Action Month, What Do You Know About Radon?

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January is National Radon Action Month, What Do You Know About Radon?

by San Jose Silicon Valley REALTOR Michelle Carr Crowe

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Did you know that January is National Radon Action Month?  Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas formed when uranium decays in the soil. Uranium is indigenous in geological formations in San Jose and Silicon Valley. While rarely tested for here, radon is called the "silent killer" because you can't see it, smell it, feel it, etc.

After smoking, radon is one of the major causes of lung cancer, causing over 21,000 deaths each year.

Here are a few ways to quickly learn more about radon, followed by the Radon IQ Test.

1.   Radon Fact Sheet

2.   FAQ's or Frequently Asked Questions about Radon

3.   EPA website about radon

4.   EPA California Listing of Radon, Brownfields & SuperFund sites

5.  List of California Radon Potential Maps

6.  EPA Brochure-A Citizen's Guide to Radon


Seven Sneaky Ways Radon Invades a Home:                               

How Radon Gets Into Your House



1. Cracks in solid floors

2. Construction joists

3. Cracks in walls

4. Gaps in suspended floors

5. Gaps around service pipes

6. Cavities inside walls

7. Water supply


Image courtesy of: ncradon.org


What Do You Know About Radon? Test Your Radon IQ 

Radon Quiz provided by http://homeradontest.com/radon_iq.php 

There are Radon Home Test Kits available for purchase. Short term test kits run about $20 and long term test kits run about $46. Testing a home for radon is as simple as opening a package, placing a radon detector in a designated area, and waiting the prescribed number of days (e.g. short term is 2-7 days), then sealing the detector back in the package and mailing it to a lab for evaluation.

Radon is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), which is a standard measurement of radioactivity. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that homes with radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L be repaired to reduce the amount of radon entering the indoor air.

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Michelle C. Carr-Crowe, Cal BRE #00901962, and the Get Results Team (established by the late Silicon Valley super agent Judy Carr) are known as the "Lynbrook and Cupertino Schools Experts." Coaching clients to success is Michelle's passion, making her a creative catalyst for positive change in people's lives. She is a Silicon Valley-based multi-million dollar real estate consultant, coach and trainer who works by referral only.

Her designations include: Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Accredited Consultant of Real Estate (ACRE), Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS), Accredited Staging Professional (ASP), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE),  Property Marketing Expert (PME), Real Estate CyberSpace Specialist (RECS), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES). Michelle is in the process of obtaining her Global Property Specialist and Certified International Property Specialist designations. In addition, she is an internationally-published freelance writer with over 1,000 traditional articles in print and online, as well as over 65,000 blog posts on Blogger, ActiveRain, Examiner, FaceBook, Realtor, Trulia, RealBird and others. She enjoys reading, traveling, animals, nature, family, dancing, staging, consulting, coaching and praying. Check out her blog at www.activerain.com/results or visit her online at www.michellejudycarr.com or www.lynbrookhighhomes.com. For RE$ult$ ... Just Call ... (408) 252-8900.


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

I know one thing for sure, Radon is a real issue...it's a cancer causing gas that must be remediated....

Jan 10, 2017 05:01 PM #1
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate

I know that Radon is not a problem everywhere. I came from the Red River Valley of ND where it was a very large concern, here in Western ND it is of little to no concern Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900 . In my 13 years of selling Real Estate in Minot I have not yet had a client ask that a home be tested. Even the home inspectors in or area do not test for radon.

Jan 10, 2017 06:29 PM #2
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Even though we tested within a couple years of moving in and the levels were fine, we should retest and make sure they still are. It's been about a decade.

Jan 10, 2017 07:49 PM #3
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

We have pretty high radon levels in my neck of the woods so I understand the importance of testing and mitigation. Thanks for the article.

Jan 10, 2017 08:46 PM #4
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