Radon Gas is a subject that comes up with almost every Real Estate transaction in North Jersey. Many consumers are clueless however about what radon gas is, where it comes from, how it can affect you, and what it means to your Real Estate transaction.
Radon gas occurs naturally in the earth and can move through soil and rock entering buildings through cracks and openings. Once radon is inside a building, it will tend to remain indoors because most structures are designed to keep heated or cooled air from escaping. Also, lower air pressure inside buildings can create a vacuum, drawing radon into the home. Several factors can affect the concentration of radon in a home including: soil characteristics, building type, foundation condition, occupant lifestyle, and even weather.
Being exposed to high concentrations of radon over an extended period of time can pose a risk of lung cancer. The higher the level of radon, the higher the risk. The standard acceptable level of radon concentration in any dwelling is 4 pCi/L. Most Radon specialists will recommend a radon mitigation system be installed in any home with a level of 4 pCi/L or above. These systems are relatively easy to have installed, fairly inexpensive, and highly effective...removing radon gas from the living quarters and releasing it back outside into the atmosphere were it can dissipate naturally.
So when purchasing your new home, especially in North Jersey, make sure to have a radon test performed along with your home inspection. Radon is here folks, but being informed and knowing what to do about it can make a world of difference in your decision making and your future happiness.
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