What you Need to Know about Radon

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

 

 

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that comes from the ground into your home.   You cannot see, smell or taste it, but may still be there.  And the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.    Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.

 

Radon can be found anywhere and comes from the radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water.     It can be detected in any type of building - homes, offices, and schools.  

 

To be sure you do not have radon in your home, testing is the only way to know you are at risk.    Testing can be done two ways - short term testing - with a charcoal canister in your basement for 2 days, and then sent away to the lab for your results.   There are many inspectors that have EPA approved radon testing equipment which remains in the home for 2 days and you will get reading by the hour for the days set up.   

 

If you find radon in a community in which you need HOA approval (attached properties), you may want to get information prior to inspection as to the process.   Many HOA boards say they have 30 days to review the plans, which delays closings.

 

It is found nearly one out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels.     Acceptable levels in the United States must register below 4 pCi/L which is 4 picocuries per liter.

 

Radon can be mitigated and guaranteed you will not have radon in your home.    There are many companies EPA approved that will put the system in property and offer a 10-25 year guarantee.

 

It is Radon Safety Month, and time to share this information again!

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
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Thank you for sharing such a well written post.  Radon testing is a common elected buyer contingency on our Standard Agreement of Sale in the Commonwealth of PA.  

Jan 25, 2020 07:53 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Hello Joan - it's important to know of such discussions and be informed with those who are experts in any field.  I have never had a buyer complete a radon test in Southern California but there have been discussions.  The topic seems to be more apparent with relocating buyers from areas where radon testing is more common.  Again, it's an issue that should be discussed as well as those issues that impact the local area where a client is relocating that might not be as commonly known to those new-to-the-area.  

Jan 25, 2020 07:56 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Joan Cox 

The interesting part is, although the EPA recommends Radon Testing there are currently no laws requiring mitigation if the readings are above 4.0 picocuries

Jan 25, 2020 08:00 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is important information to share.

Have a very special weekend.

Jan 25, 2020 08:06 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Joan... there's a reason they call Radon the Silent Killer. Anyone living in an area prone to radon should be checking their homes regularly.

Jan 25, 2020 08:25 AM #5
Rainmaker
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June Piper-Brandon
Long & Foster Hampden - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

This is good information for wood be buyers and sellers a like.  We see a lot of homes with radon systems in them in Maryland and so many people don't understand what it is and why it's important including realtors

Jan 25, 2020 08:26 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Maria Sapio many years ago my lender asked why I talked about radon, he said none of his other REALTORS did.   I have always recommended this test, their choice whether they do or not.   It isn't in our contract.

Jan 25, 2020 08:36 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael Jacobs it is a test a Denver buyer should do.  Some come in VERY high.   It sounds like CA doesn't have many pockets of radon, thankfully.

Jan 25, 2020 08:37 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Doug, that is interesting.   If our sellers don't mitigate, and the buyer walks, they MUST disclose to the next buyer.   They will need to mitigate.

Jan 25, 2020 08:38 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thank you Roy! 

Jan 25, 2020 08:38 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, we do have areas where radon is very high, and always share this information with any buyers I am showing.

Jan 25, 2020 08:38 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

June Piper-Brandon we had many REALTORS in Denver never bring it up, and thinking they did not understand it.  Now it is more common.

Jan 25, 2020 08:39 AM #12
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We have areas with pretty high radon readings here too. The Great Missoula Floods deposited a lot of granite with uranium veins here. It's sporadic though, so testing is really key.  What is generally true, properties closer to the Columbia River have a higher chance of testing positive. 

Jan 25, 2020 08:41 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Peter Fuchshuber
ZOLO Realty - Edmonton, AB
Residential and Commercial services

Hi Joan Cox 

Thanks for the important post.  It would be interesting to know when radon mitigation was included in state and provincial building codes.  We've had the requirement for roughed-in basement slab depressurization in the Alberta code since 2014.  If your house tests above the limit (200 Bq/m3 in Canada) it's easier to install the system with the vent pipe already in the slab.  The mitigation system will reduce to about 30% of the acceptable limit on average.

You can buy radon meters that continually measure, I open some windows when my meter reads half the acceptable limit.

Jan 25, 2020 08:52 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joan Cox - You have given a pretty thorough introduction to Radon testing and I hope those in areas where this is common or even sporadic heed your advice.

Radon does not seem to be an issue here in Sedona. I have had only 1 inspector test for it and he came from the Flagstaff area. That test was negative.  As Michael Jacobs stated, it only comes up when people from areas of radon high concentration are looking here in Sedona. 

No other agents or inspectors have ever talked about Radon in our area. 

Jan 26, 2020 07:12 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, nice to know where the highest radon comes in! 

Jan 26, 2020 08:22 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Peter, we do have one builder that automatically puts them in, even if there is no test done.

Jan 26, 2020 08:22 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® good to know, and would have thought the rocks would have some gas, but guess not.

Jan 26, 2020 08:23 AM #18
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