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January Is National Radon Action Month: Test, Protect Your Home

By
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty 179530

 

JANUARY 2023 IS NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH

What's Your Radon IQ?

Do You Know What To Do To Test Your Home?

Do You Know What To Do To Protect Your Health?

 

January is National Radon Action Month. While the Greater Charlotte area, in general, is not known for high radon levels, we do find homes from time to time with radon levels that are too high requiring remediation. That means, that even those of us who live in low radon areas need to up our Radon IQ and know how to test our homes and how to protect our health.

 

It's estimated that one in six homes has radon. Regardless of how prevalent radon might be in your area, take the EPA's advice during National Radon Action Month: "Test Your Home. Protect Your Health."

 

Radon: The Silent Killer

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Radon is called the "silent killer" because you can't see it, smell it, feel it, etc. As a result, radon is one of the major causes of lung cancer, causing more than 40,000 deaths each year and making it the second biggest cause of lung cancer deaths. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. In other words, radon kills!

 

All Homes Should Be Tested For Radon

Did you know that the Surgeon General recommends that all homes be tested for radon? And according to the CDC, one in 15 homes have elevated radon levels. If you live in a home with high radon levels and smoke, your risk of contracting lung cancer increase by 10 times. The ONLY way to know if your home has high levels of radon is to test. The "good news" is that radon is EASY TO TEST and EASY TO REDUCE.

 

January Is National Radon Awareness Month

 

 

EPA Map Of Radon Zones

EPA Map Of US Radon Zones

 

Radon Tests Are Not Expensive

Radon tests in the Charlotte metro area are quite reasonably priced. If you need a referral to a top-notch inspector who can do a radon test for your home, contact us at Carolinas Realty Partners.  Radon tests are relatively inexpensive and in the month of January, some Charlotte region home inspectors will add a radon test for free when doing a whole house inspection. Click here for a link to the EPA's Home Buyer's & Seller's Guide to Radon.

 

If you're in the process of buying a home, be sure to add a radon test to your list of inspection items when you order your inspections.

 

 

Radon Information Sources:

Radon Fact Sheet  

Frequently asked questions about radon 

EPA website that tells you everything you might ever want to know about radon

Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon

Find A Radon Test Kit

 

 

 

Testing your home for radon is as simple as opening a package, placing a radon detector in a designated area, and after the prescribed number of days (2-7 days), 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), a measurement of radioactivity. The U.S. EPA 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.

 


 

 How Radon Gets Into Your Home:

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of naturally occurring uranium in soil and rock. It's invisible, odorless and tasteless, and can be detected only by specialized tests. Radon enters homes through openings that are in contact with the ground, such as cracks in the foundation, small openings around pipes, and sump pits.

 

                        

This information about radon is provided by Nina Hollander & The Carolinas Realty Partners with Coldwell Banker in Charlotte, North Carolina. We've been opening doors for Greater Charlotte area home buyers and sellers for over 22 years. Let us help you open your door!

 

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joan Cox hi Joan... I know you have high radon levels. I had clients who moved from Denver a year ago and the home they were purchasing was just over the EPI recommended limit... they were very "casual" about it. People from here would freak out.

Jan 04, 2023 09:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho hi Mark... these days with a radon test costing so little I always recommend to my buyers that they do a radon test. 99% of the time there are no issues.

Jan 04, 2023 09:47 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Ahhh...Radon Nina Hollander, Broker Good post. In MA a buyer can have a radon test performed but it is not mandatory and curious as it is there is no law requiring mitigation of a structure with high radon readings.

Jan 04, 2023 09:51 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, I have seen some pretty high numbers - one was 29 in Aurora!   I hear in the mountains it is higher.

Jan 04, 2023 09:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Doug Dawes hi Doug... no law here either requiring a radon test. I recommend it as a precaution. Also no law that a seller must remediate, but once they know there's an issue they have to disclose. Essentially, if they want to sell their home they'll be remediating for the buyer.

Jan 04, 2023 10:01 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joan Cox I don't think I've heard of such a high radon reading. Do you have a system in your home to manage radon levels?

Jan 04, 2023 10:02 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I tested my house when I bought it, and was at 2.0, so no, but many homes have a mitigation system installed.

Jan 04, 2023 10:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joan Cox fortunately, those mitigation systems are not all that expensive if you ever do need one.

Jan 04, 2023 11:45 AM
Joan Cox

Ares are from $900-1500 depending on if you have a basement/crawlspace and size of home.

Jan 04, 2023 12:08 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Joan Cox hi Joan... same here.

Jan 04, 2023 01:31 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I applaud radon tests for those zones that show warnings however my clients wasted a lot of money years ago when our state mandated them and soon canceled the mandate for over 75% of our state…

Jan 04, 2023 11:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Nina- I was unfamiliar with radon until we moved to Leesburg, VA.  Our radon test was fine when we moved in but when we moved out we had to make some adjustments. 

Jan 04, 2023 12:49 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS hi Paul... I just don't understand such mandates... especially if there's not a known issue to begin with.

Jan 04, 2023 01:32 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... if you are in an area prone to radon, I believe the levels should be tested on some regular schedule.

Jan 04, 2023 01:33 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Radon definitely arises as an issue in the DC / MD / VA area ... always better to test than not! (and that goes for more than just Radon!) 

Jan 04, 2023 01:36 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Nina and thank you for sharing this great information with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great 2023!

 

Jan 04, 2023 01:37 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nina the area I live in is not known for having high radon levels, but it would still be a good idea for me to do a radon test.

Jan 04, 2023 01:48 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina Radon is so much more east coast than Los Angeles, in 27 years I only had one client wanting to do a Radon test and they were from the East Coast, Endre

Jan 04, 2023 09:17 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Lise Howe no argument from me, Lise. Always astonishes me how many people start pinching their pennies on inspections and tests when purchasing a home worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Very short-sighted. Those inspections and tests are cheap insurance as far as I'm concerned.

Jan 05, 2023 04:22 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Will Hamm good morning and thank you, Will, for stopping by. I know your area is quite "sensitive" to radon.

Jan 05, 2023 04:23 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

George Souto good morning, George... neither is my area... and then every so often where you least expect it, a radon test shows elevated levels. Not expensive to test, so why not do it?

Jan 05, 2023 04:24 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Endre Barath, Jr. hi Endre... and radon is not an issue all over the East Coast... some states are well known for it and others not so much. People who move to Charlotte area from areas where radon is an issue always test even though it's not a big issue here. Peace of mind is worth a $125 test.

Jan 05, 2023 04:26 AM