January Radon Awareness Month - Do You Know Your Home's Radon Level?

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services RS284559

January is Radon Awareness Month and if you do not know the radon level inside your home, now is the best time of year to test your home's level.   Reason being, windows and doors are closed during these cold weather months and that is the best way to have a test performed to check the radon levels inside your home.

Radon Extraction UnitWhat is radon you may ask?  

It is an invisible gas that comes out of the ground and if it does so under your home, the radon levels can become high inside your home, which in turn, over time can cause lung cancer.

The EPA has guidelines stating what is safe and unsafe. If a test reveals a level that is high, it is strongly advised that an extraction unit be placed in the lowest level of a house to help remove radon and ensure the living space is safe.

But the first step is the most important....testing your home for radon.

Test kits can be purchased at hardware stores like Lowe's and Home Depot.

The test takes 2 to 4 days, with the results being returned in a few weeks.

Or you can hire a radon tester, and as a Realtor, we can recommend a few professional testers.

In this scenario, a professional tester will set up their equipment in your home, leave it there for 2 days, come back and pick up the device and give you results usually that same day.

If you find out your house radon levels are higher than the EPA (environmental protection agency) guidelines, radon mitigation is the next step, which is installing a radon extraction unit in your basement.

Here are a few links to find out more:  EPA/Radon, SE PA Radon Measurement Specialist, Map for Radon ConcentrationsPA Depart on Radon

The most important thing now is, to take the first step and find out the health of your home in regards to radon.

 

(Thank you Nina Hollander for this info about January being Radon Awareness Month)

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Comments (8)

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Gloria it's very rare for homes to have radon here in the metro Phoenix area.  There are some areas of AZ that on occasion do.  We don't have radon tests.  But we do have termite inspections!!

Jan 23, 2021 12:54 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We have some high concentrations of radon in certain areas here - thanks to the Great Missoula floods.

Jan 23, 2021 01:44 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker That is good that radon levels are low in your area.  Termites love the warm weather for sure!

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD wow that is interesting that the floods increase the release of radon.  Sorry to hear.

Jan 23, 2021 04:19 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Gloria here in Los Angeles in twenty six years I had two clients do Radon Testing BTW they were the same clients who moved from the east coast and I sold them a house, then sold their house and then they bought a new house:) no issues with Radon here all you have to do is have air circulation under the house, this is more of an East Coast regional issue Endre

Jan 23, 2021 10:40 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Gloria... you're very welcome! :) Radon might not be an issue in some areas, but when it's an issue people need to know and need to do something about it.

Jan 24, 2021 04:59 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Gloria,
I've never done a radon test in my home. Perhaps I should. 

Jan 24, 2021 06:46 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Gloria Todor - Just because in my area Home Inspectors don't test for radon (except if a Relocation Company is involved), it doesn't mean Texans or anyone should think, it couldn't happen to me. After all, radon is a carcinogen! For the price of peace of mind, it's worth the small amount it costs to test. 

Thank you, so much for raising awareness! 

 

Jan 24, 2021 09:41 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Gloria Todor - I checked the links you provided with maps & other important information about Radon and thought it was very educational! All people should read it and understand. Thank you, very much! 

Jan 26, 2021 02:02 AM

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