Radon And Your Home

10 Jun

Radon And Your Home

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that poses serious health risks if it becomes trapped under your house.   Radon will usually get into your home through underground crawl spaces, sump pumps, and holes in your basement or through the water supply.   Radon gas can pollute your air with odorless toxic vapors and it causes thousands of lung disease related deaths each year.

Before you purchase any property you should have that property inspected for a radon problem.   If the inspection turns up elevated radon levels, which is considered to be 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher, you will have to have certified radon mitigation contractor come out to reduce the radon levels in the home before you can occupy it.

High radon levels can be reduced by installing a radon reduction system.  You should ask the contractor for references documenting the results of their past work in other homes before you hire them.    Once they have completed the work, it is important that you ask that company to check the house after the system has been installed to ensure that it is actually reducing the radon levels in the home.

After your radon reduction system is installed, you will need to maintain it.  So make sure you get detailed instructions from the contractor who installed your system about what you need to do to maintain that system.  You should put this on a monthly maintenance calendar for your home.  This is too important to forget.  Your family’s health and lives could be at risk otherwise.

If you have made an offer on a home that has a radon inspection that reports high radon levels, you should consult with your realtor about any additional steps you should take to resolve the issue.  Additionally, your agent will be able to provide you with names and phone numbers for reputable contractors that can correct the situation for you.

Talk to your realtor about this issue so that you understand what you should be considering and what your options are.

About the Author:  Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Real Estate agent for over 25 years in Florida.  Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties.  For more information please forward your request to communityinfo@comcast.net

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