Radon, to test or not.

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Home Inspector with CROOKERHANCOX HOME INSPECTIONS INC. 04061414

We are hearing a lot about Radon here in Ontario, has anyone had this test done in there home? Do you think it is a good idea to have it done and or do you think we have any concerns here in Ontario. We are also seeing a lot of different testing / training, and what is the cost. Should bring in a few debates.

Comments (5)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hi Charles, I heared Radon Gas is everywhere. In all my home sales, I had one Buyer that wanted to test for Radon. I told him my undersatnding is that if you open your windows and get fresh air everyday then it is not an issue.He still wanted to test for it I did not discourage him any further. The inspector sealed the house up for two days to prevent any fresh air to come in....After he wrote a nice report I asked him about what I heared and he hemmed and hawed and admitted yes with fresh air Radon is not an issue. In other words at least open the windows for about 20 min. per day. So hope this helps.

Sep 17, 2008 04:34 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

The middle Tennessee area is a high Radon belt, and we do suggest that it be done especially during the winter months when the chimney effect for houses is higher...

Sep 17, 2008 08:51 PM
Anonymous
Martin Smith

Hi Chuck,

Radon is a global problem. It can be found in all areas and in any type home, old, new, basement, crawlspace, slab on grade, etc. Primary source of radon is from the soil. The only way to know is to test.

 

As you know, Canada recently adjusted their action level to be more in line with the rest of the world. And for good reason. The health effects are well documented and increased risk has been seen at low cumulative exposures.

So YES! It is always best to test for radon. And not just during home sales. Homeowners should be encouraged to test also. This is a cancer causing element that can be easily fixed.

Regards...

Sep 18, 2008 09:45 AM
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Charles (Chuck) Crooker
CROOKERHANCOX HOME INSPECTIONS INC. - Brantford, ON

So what is the word on Radon in counter tops(granite)?? Maybe should be another post?

Sep 18, 2008 02:21 PM
Charles (Chuck) Crooker
CROOKERHANCOX HOME INSPECTIONS INC. - Brantford, ON

Found a post on Radon and Counter tops, here it is, http://activerain.com/blogsview/609753/Granite-Countertops-Can-Kill  , Thanx to Stephen

Sep 23, 2008 11:44 PM