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Radon Concerns and Detection in Your Home

Radon, growing concern for home buyers.

Many homeowners are increasingly concerned about the possible presence of radon in their homes – and with good reason. Reports suggest that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. As a result, more and more homebuyers are considering radon detection to be a “must” when they have identified a particular property to purchase. 

WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF RADON? Radon is naturally occurring odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that is formed by the ongoing decay of uranium in soil, rocks, sediments, and even well or ground water. 

HOW RADON ENTERS THE HOME? Radon gas can enter a home in several ways. Cracks in basement walls or floors, sump pumps, and basement drains.  Elevated levels of radon can even be found in new homes. 

HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT RADON IN A HOME?  Radon testing can be conducted by a Certified Radon Inspector.  He/she sets up the testing equipment and reports on the results once the proper measurement procedure is complete (about 48 to 72 hours after placement). It is important to realize that radon levels in any particular home can vary widely, even over the course of a few days. If an elevated level of radon is detected, steps can be taken to lessen the concentration inside the home. 

REDUCING THE LEVELS OF RADON IN THE HOME

Radon mitigation methods can vary but the method most recommended is a Radon Mitigation System by a licensed contractor. Ask your real estate agent or look online/Yellow Pages for a list of contractors.

Leading The Way Home,

Carol Murphy

Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West

                 Thanks to Pillartopost.com for data included in this blog.

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Patti Chambers February 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM
My basement is so disgusting! The landlord has a man made sump pump with a huge PVC pipe draining shared with two washers (two family house). We had a little flood from rain a few weeks ago, the walls have so much mold on them now I know why. Water was seeping through the walls, the window, and at the foundation. What should do about this?
Debbie S. February 11, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Summit County has some of the highest radon concentrations in Ohio. We had our home tested before we bought it, as a precaution. We never expected the tests to show unhealthy levels of radon - but they did! The owners were devastated because they'd lived in the house for over 14 years without knowing of the problem. Luckily, we were able to insist on a radon mitigation system installation before we bought our house (at the seller's expense). I HIGHLY recommend every home in Summit County with a basement get tested for radon.
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