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Nikki Mckenna, Other/Just Looking in

Is radon in Cary 27519 a big problem?

Asked by Nikki Mckenna, Tue Dec 20, 2011

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There are scattered higher testing radon pockets throughout this entire region, but that part of Cary is not known for extensive issues. In driving around, if you spot granite outcroppings, you may have come across an area that will yield higher radon test results. Wherever you buy, you should have a radon test done for your own piece of mind. There is the standard charcoal cannister test and the far more accuracte continuous testing device used by more serious inspectors. The cannister test can likely be purchased at home improvement stores if you wanted to do it on your own. Most inspectors will charge $50-$100 for a cannister test. The continuous monitor test generally runs between $75-$150 and will show individual results taken every hour for 48-72+ hours and an averaging of the results. Radon levels will change with the time of day, weather and many other odd, hard to relate variables.
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I am an agent in Cary and Radon has been found in a couple of homes that I have sold with basements. Specifically in Carolina Preserve and also Harmony Glen. As the others have recommended below I would rather be safe than sorr.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 20, 2012
http://www.NCradon.org has information about Radon. They also have an inexpensive test kit available from the website. When in doubt, test.
Web Reference: http://www.NCradon.org
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 31, 2011
Nikki

I agree with John. Radon in Cary is not much of an issue. Now if you live up in Rolesville ( NE Wake County)where I do, then YES it can be. Plus parts of Wake Forest and pockets in North Raleigh.

I get sent Radon test kits every 2 years as I have a basement in my home.

Radon in a naturally occurring out of Granite bed rock
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 24, 2011
Hi Nikki,

Radon can vary from area to area and house to house. Depends on the topography the underground conditions, type of foundation etc. Test to be sure... a canister test is OK, a computerized test is better.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 21, 2011
Radon can be found anywhere. It's better to test & be aware than to not.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 21, 2011
Radon is not generally prevalent in Cary, but levels constantly change with ground shifting. It is relatively inexpensive to test for, so I always advise my clients to do it. You can speak to Felix Fong at the Division of Radiation Protection (919) 571-4141 or Dave Park at Advantage Inspection at (919) 850-2526 for more information.

If you need any further assistance, feel free to call anytime. My phone is on 24/7!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 20, 2011
Nikki

Educate yourself about Radon with the EPA's "Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon"
You can get it free here
http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/hmbyguid.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 20, 2011
Radon is an odorless gas that is the result of uranium in the soil from decaying granite. Granite is present throughout NC soils and there is no way to know if you have a problem unless you test it. The thing about radon is that it is not a problem when released outdoors. It becomes an issue when trapped indoors where it can build to unhealthy levels. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer so it needs to be taken seriously. I believe everyone should know their radon number. The good news is that if you do find a problem, radon mitigation is not rocket science and comes down to sealing cracks and improving ventilation. It is much more dangerous to not know about it than to take steps to manage it. If you find you have radon levels above 4 pico curies, you should hire a professional to reduce it down to an acceptable level.

I can recommend a licensed mitigator if you find you need one or most licensed inspectors can provide radon testing. You can also do a "screening" with an over the counter kit from most builders supplies for about $60 which takes several weeks.
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Nikki-

For more information about Radon in Wake county I recommend visiting the site
http://county-radon.info/NC/Wake.html

You can also contact the State Radon Officer:
Felix Fong
(919) 571-4141
Division of Radiation Protection
3825 Barrett Drive
Raleigh NC, 27609-7221

Radon is unique in that your naeighbors house may not have a high level but your home could for some unknown reason. I do not believe that it is extremely prominant in Cary, however I am not a professional Radon tester. I recommend having the test completed, it is inexpensive considering the peace of mind you will have!

Best of luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 20, 2011
I agree with Mike! Cheap test so you may as well order one! In general, radon is not an issue in Cary but it's better to be safe than sorry!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 20, 2011
Not really.

And it is a cheap test. Do it.
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