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Is Radon an issue in zephyr cove when buying a house?

Asked by Donna, 89448 Thu Oct 11, 2007

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Radon is a natural bi-product of the decomposition of Granite. the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is Granite ... Yes Radon is present in the area. Most homes that have high levels can be easily and quickly mitigated and no health affects will occur. There are many professional companies that can offer advice and solutions.

Lisa Wetzel
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates
1320 Hwy 395
Gardnerville, NV 89410
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Radon is just about everywhere because it's a natural substance in the Earth's crust. It's an odorless, tasteless gas that is a naturally occurring decay product of uranium. When there's a breakdown of uranium in rocks and soil it seeps through the ground and into homes through foundation cracks, gaps around pipes, cracks in walls, etc. Whether you’re looking to purchase a home in our area or you already live here, I urge everyone to test their homes for radon levels. We have a lot of decomposing granite in our area and there can be a presence of radon in that. You can purchase low-cost test kits at almost any hardware store. Just follow the directions and send it into the lab for the results. If the level is at or above 4 picocuries per liter then the Environmental Protection Agency suggests "fixing it". Some fixes for radon can be free like opening sub-level air vents, but radon mitigation can also cost anywhere between $500 and $2,500. Radon shouldn’t scare you off from a home, but as homeowners we shouldn’t allow it to seep into our homes.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 6, 2011
I grew up in the northeast, Connecticut, where radon is a big issue. Bedrock is close to the surface and most homes have basements, providing exposure to this gas prevalent in decaying granite. Tahoe has a similar situation where decaying granite does give off radon. Although most homes here don;t have basements, radon can still build in poorly ventilated crawl spaces. I know of a couple of instances in Incline Village where radon tests came back showing higher readings, and the problems were remediated. Ventilation is the key, and it is important to test if you have any concerns, since exposure is dangerous especially over the long term.
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