Whenever I write an offer on a home for clients, and I mention getting a radon inspection
, more times than not, my clients ask: what is radon and should I get an inspection?Â Once I tell them what it is, they usually opt for the inspection.Â Here's why:
Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that permeates from the soil and through the cement floor of a home's foundation/basement.Â It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil, and it is the second-highest known cause of lung cancer.Â Radon is present throughout the country in various concentration levels.Â These levels can vary from state-to-state, city-to-city and even from house-to-house.Â It can be present in any home, new or old, and it is estimated that 1 out of every 15 homes have elevated levels of radon gas.
The EPA deems that a radon concentration level at or above 4.0 pCi/L to be the point where mitigation should be considered and/or necessary.Â The average radon levels in homes across the United States in 1.3 pCi/L.Â The levels in Ohio
are considered to be in the moderate to high range for radon (anywhere from 2 pCi/L to over 4pCi/L).Â The only way to know what levels of radon are in a home is to have the home tested.
Fortunately, homes with elevated radon levels can have the level of radon reduced by having the gas mitigated from the home.Â There are several methods
a contractor can use to lower radon levels.Â Some of these methods prevent radon from entering the home, while others reduce radon levels after it has entered the home. Reviewing these methods and discussing with a contractor, will help you determine what technique is best for your situation.
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