Angie, Home Buyer in San Jose, CA

Any tips/experiences/info for radon testing in Fremont homes?

Asked by Angie, San Jose, CA Fri Jun 3, 2011

We want to get a radon test for a home in an area with Level 2 radon levels. Do you have any experiences or tips or guidelines regarding this test, and any recommendations for how we go about it, who we order tests from, etc? And if you did/do have radon, how you remedied the situation? How common is this in Fremont? Thanks!

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Radon is not a general concern in this area. I have only two experiences with radon testing.

I listed a house in Newark for a seller whose employer was transferring him out of town. They used a national relocation company whose policy was to test all properties in all locations for radon. The test was done.

I aided a buyer to buy a Union City home. He insisted on a radon test.

In both cases, the results of the tests showed negligible levels of radon far below any level of concern.

If you absolutely insist on having a radon test, you could call Richard Fanelli at Environmental Remediation Technologies in San Jose to discuss the matter with an expert. His number is 408-866-4141.
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Angie:

You are reading the section of the Natural Hazard Disclosure referring to radon gas. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is produced by naturally decaying uranium and radium, naturally found in soil and rock throughout the world.

There are three levels. Without exception, every Natural Hazard Report I have ever seen states Level 2 for radon. I checked this a number of years ago and discovered that, as near as I can tell, all of California is Level 2.

As stated by Brian, I’ve never had anyone do a radon test. These tests are more prevalent in places where levels are higher AND homes have basements. High levels of radon gas can build up in basements and, if not dealt with, can cause health issues. Homes in areas with high levels also have vents that allow the gas to escape. I have never encountered a single home in the bay area with vents designed to alleviate radon gas.

With this in mind, I’m sure you can google Radon Inspectors and find one locally – I have never used one. And … since the entire bay area is Level 2, if you are concerned about this, you might want to consider living somewhere else … like Idaho …
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Hi Angie,

After 25 years in real estate I haven't heard any stories about radon gases in Fremont

here are a few websites:
http://www.dep.state.pa.us/brp/radon_division/testing_info.htm
http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html
http://www.radon.org/
http://www.radon.com/
http://www.radontestinglab.com/

good luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 3, 2011
You received some good links. Here's another one. http://www.epa.gov/radon/
There's also another link when you go there on Radon / Granite Counter tops.

Happy funding, Rudi
Web Reference: http://www.umboc.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 7, 2011
Hi Angie, Nothing to really add to Brians answer.... but if you were looking at Natural Hazzard Disclosure or JCP report there would be a numkber on it where you can call to ask any questions you have.....Dawn
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