Radon, an invisible menace

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that studies show can cause cancer. It is radiological in nature and comes naturally from the ground and can seep into basements. It is heavier than air so it tends to seek the lowest spots in a home.

It is a byproduct of among other things granite. In areas with rock under the homes one is more prone to have it. The EPA requirements state that test numbers above 4.0 pCi/l should be addressed. The way we do this is by installing a vetilation system to move air ( And Radon gas) out of the structure.

Testing for this gas takes about 48 hours and costs around $195.00. This could be money well spent by a buyer. The costs to install a Radon Mitigation system can run between $1,000 and $1,500. If you are looking for a home, make sure your home inspector tests for Radon Gas in the home you are interested in. 

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Peter den Boer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Atlanta Communities Real estate Brokerage


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I write about daily life as a Realtor in the Towne Lake Community in Woodstock Georgia.


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Sally Lawrence
Advantage Real Estate - Tehachapi, CA
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Hi Peter, I lived in the East for many years and we routinely tested for radon before purchasing a home.  In California, I have never been involved in a transaction where a radon test has been requested.  I wonder if that's because most homes here are on slabs instead of having basements.

Apr 07, 2020 07:28 AM #1
Grant Schneider
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Good morning Peter den Boer - that is indeed money well spent.

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