National Radon Action Month-January 2024. Protect Your Home And Family

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty 179530

 

JANUARY 2024 IS NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH

Protect Your Home & Your Family... Test For Radon

 

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 me at Coldwell Banker Realty.  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 with Coldwell Banker in Charlotte, North Carolina. I've been opening doors for Greater Charlotte area home buyers and sellers for 25 years. Let me help you open your door!

 

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 Nina Hollander, RE/MAX Broker, Realtor

 

 

 

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Comments (24)

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander, Broker - good advice for this silent killer that most people don't take seriously. 

Better be safe than sorry, or for others to feel bad. 

Jan 04, 2024 09:38 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share. In our area, radon tests are a normal activity. 

Jan 04, 2024 09:57 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP it's odd about how people react to this. People in NJ are used to higher radon levels, also in Denver area. When they move here they'll do a test, but radon doesn't scare them. Overall, it's "cheap insurance." The cost of a radon test when inspecting a home is no more than $150. I always suggest to my clients they do a test.

Jan 04, 2024 10:25 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Nina- I'd not heard of Radon until we moved to Leesburg, VA. No radon until when we sold our home and had to have it remediated. Thanks to the builder, it was not an expensive fix. 

Jan 04, 2024 10:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Roy... we don't see that much radon in our area. In 25 years, I've had two listings that tested high for radon. Both were mitigated. And I can't think of a single buyer sale that showed high radon levels.

Jan 04, 2024 10:27 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... radon tests now are not expensive. And the remediation is also relatively inexpensive all things considered. 

Jan 04, 2024 10:28 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good information to share and love the map Nina Hollander, BrokerA radon zone of 3 predicts an average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L, which is below the recommended levels assigned by the EPA. Austin is located in a low risk area of the country.

Jan 04, 2024 10:38 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Dorie Dillard Austin TX thanks, Dorie. Overall, radon is not prevalent in the Charlotte region, but we do have pockets... and every so often I hear of radon being found in homes where we never see radon. Always good to have a test... it's cheap insurance.

Jan 04, 2024 10:49 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 remember several years back my preferred lender asked why my buyers do these tests.  He said, none of his other REALTORS did.   Guess I was ahead of the curve, you don't want to NOT do it!

Jan 04, 2024 11:28 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Radon is not really an issue here on the east coast of Florida. I do remember it being a big issue in Denver.

Jan 04, 2024 01:07 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joan Cox hi Joan... I refer to radon tests as cheap insurance. It's peace of mind for a home buyer as far as I'm concerned.

Jan 04, 2024 01:41 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty hi Jeff... it's not a big issue at my end either, but if you're close to one of our lakes you need to double check.

Jan 04, 2024 01:42 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker Radon is certainly something homeowners need to be concerned about. It's just as bad as carbon monoxide since it's odor less too. Getting homes checked for it is a great idea to be safe. Looking at your map, we live in a lower level area. 

Jan 04, 2024 02:05 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nina I have not had my home tested in a number of years.  It may be a good idea to re-test it for radon again.

Jan 04, 2024 02:13 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jerry Newman hi Jerry... the interesting thing is that even low radon level areas have "pockets" of areas where radon can be prevalent. We see that in Charlotte. You kind of need to know where radon might just appear.

Jan 04, 2024 02:38 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

George Souto hi George... if you are in an area where radon does pop up, it's a good idea to test from time to time. Many states provide free radon testing kits in January. In my area a professional radon test is around $150... actually not that much money for the peace of mind it can provide.

Jan 04, 2024 02:39 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina Hollander, Broker  26 plus years of being a realtor in Los Angeles I only had two radon tests done, both times the buyers were from the East Coast:)Endre

Jan 04, 2024 09:20 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Endre Barath, Jr. good morning, Endre... I'd say that 75+% of my buyers do radon tests when they have a home inspected. It's rare that radon is found... but it's peace of mind for buyers and when radon is found it's something the seller will mitigate.

Jan 05, 2024 04:27 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I hear a lot about radon but I don't think we have much of it here but I could be wrong.  From the map it appears we are in zone 2, haha.

Jan 05, 2024 05:20 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Brian England good morning, Brian. You probably have pockets of areas that might have some radon but it's probably not predominant all over the state.

Jan 05, 2024 05:23 AM