radon level of 3.2 ok or not ok

Asked by Minojmr, 45458 Fri Aug 28, 2009

buying a house. radon level was tested and came out 3.2. matter of worry or not

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Janine LaMot…, Agent, Dayton, OH
Tue Apr 8, 2014
The EPA acceptable radon level is 4.0. So to answer your question, yes 3.2 is perfectly ok.
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Ladyclaire, Home Owner, Rochester, MI
Wed Nov 24, 2010
My husband passed away in October 2010 at age 53 from lung cancer. He was not a smoker or even exposed to second-hand smoke very much. We worked from our home basement - 13 years in this house and 5 years in the previous house. I bought a radon monitor in July 2010 after he was first diagnosed. Long term it is showing 3.2 (November 24) - short term 3.4. The first test I did was a one-week, mail-in test in the summer. It came back at 1.7. Don't know if this is what caused the lung cancer, but wanted to put this out there. I am no longer working in my basement.......
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Radon Mitiga…, , Nixa, MO
Mon Nov 9, 2009
The new guidelines posted by - WHO - The World Health Orginization - at the end of September 2009 state that you should mitigate from 2.7 and up. And again there is no such thing as a safe level of radon. So even if your level is ......lets say 1.9 pCi/L you will never hurt yourself by having a system installed. It is just plain smart. The new guidelines can be viewed on our website at http://www.radonsystems4u.com - look in the bottom left hand corner for the WHO radon guideline booklet.



Jim Medley

Radon Systems 4U LLC
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Radon Mitiga…, , Nixa, MO
Wed Sep 16, 2009
There is no such thing as a safe level of radon. It does not exist. The EPA has set a action level of 4.0 pC/iL. This is true.... but at the same time you want the level as low as you can get it. The 4.0 is really just a base line for real estate transaction. Nothing more. You have to understand also that radon runs on dienare cycles - temp, rain, day and night etc. When a test is done during a real estate transaction the EPA guidelines is 48 hours min. That is because in the sale of a home....time is very short and the 48 hours is because of that. Think of it this way. two days is only 0.05% of a year....and radon is higher in the evenings when it is cooler and it is higher during the winter because of the cold. Radon gas is heavier then air...so it hugs the ground when it is cold or cooler.

If buying a home and it is tested and it is 4.0 or higher the seller pays for the system. If it is 3.9 or lower then no system is required to be installed at the time of the sale. BUT DO NOT ! think that that is the over all reading all the time ! The best thing to do is run a long term test (91 days or more) after you buy the house....try to catch two seasons....middle of sept, oct, nov and dec. It will give you a better overall reading of what is really there. And if it is high install a system but of course at that point since you own the house you would have to pay for the system.



Hope this helps !


Jim Medley
Radon Systems 4U LLC
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David Campbe…, Agent, Kettering, OH
Fri Sep 6, 2013
That's below the action level set by the EPA. Long term tests are more reliable than short term tests. Short term (48 hour) tests are typically done for a real estate transaction but are more affected by temperature, wind and barometric pressure.
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Wed Oct 12, 2011
Hi, Typically 4 is the threshhold so you should be ok...

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Susan Blanfo…, Agent, Kettering, OH
Wed Oct 12, 2011
You can check on the Environmental Protection Agency's website or "google" Radon. Check with your real estate agent who should be advising you on this situation. Good luck.
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Ronald Sween…, Agent, troy, OH
Sun Nov 8, 2009
T saw somewhere that the New Federal Guidlines reduced this to 2.0
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Susan Morris, , Centerville, OH
Thu Sep 10, 2009
How long was the test performed? How many areas of the home were tested? A level of 3.2 is below the state level for mitigation however more samples gathered over a longer period of time might show a higher level or a lower level.
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James Gordon…, Agent, Hamilton, OH
Fri Aug 28, 2009
There are a lot of other things in life to worry about other than a
radon that came back at 3.2 pl.
Here is a link to the EPA page on Radon so you can investigate yourself.

http://www.epa.gov/radon/rnpsa.html
Web Reference:  http://www.Find1Home.com
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tom roberts, Agent, powell, OH
Fri Aug 28, 2009
Mino, 4 is state requirement sound like ur fine,ur lucky.enjoy.

TJ
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Cindy Schimer, Agent, Beavercreek, OH
Fri Aug 28, 2009
EPA recommends remediation at 4.0 or above. I think you're okay.
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Mary Starkey, , Dayton, OH
Fri Aug 28, 2009
The EPA recommended amount for remediation is 4.0. It sounds like the level in your house is OK
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