Buying Real Estate

What is radon and why you should test for it during the home buying process!

Hey guys welcome back! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent the weekend up in the Uintas, a national forest about 30 minutes outside of Park City, Utah. You guys it was AWESOME up there this weekend! The recent snow stuck but the water up there has not frozen over so the rivers are still running and the lakes still have that deep blue color. Saturday afternoon we went on an  8 mile run which was uphill for the first half. Yep, we went up hill for 4 miles. We gained just over 1900 feet and I should mention that the elevation at our camp site was about 8500 ft. Saying that the first half of the run, the uphill half, was a bit uncomfortable is an understatement. My husband definitely was not happy with my choice of activity haha. All that to say it was a great weekend and I am beyond grateful for my health, especially my strong healthy lungs!

So what does that have to do with Radon?… Did you know the Suregon General has warned that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer related deaths, second only to smoking. Yep, that’s right.  Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer related deaths! See figure 1 below for an idea of how common it is where you live. 

zonemapcolor         Figure 1: https://www.epa.gov/radon

So what is it, how do you know if it is lurking in the home that you have under contract and how do you mitigate it? Radon is a radioactive cancer causing gas that you can not smell or taste. It comes from the radioactive breakdown of uranium in water, soil and rock and the only way to know if it is in a home is to test for it. Radon does not discriminate against new homes or old homes so have the home inspected regardless of it’s age. According to the EPA, if the test results show levels  greater than 4pCi/L (picocuries per liter) a radon mitigation system should be installed in the home. That said, even if the levels are less than 4pCi/L it still poses a threat to anyone living in the home.

The radon mitigation process involves installing a vent pipe that begins below the slab gravel of the home and runs up to above the roof or eave of the home. Within the vent pipe a fan is installed, as well as a system failure device. After the pipe is installed it must be sealed and caulked at any joints and cracks.

It is definitely not a deal breaker when considering whether or not to buy the home because it can be fixed! For more information on radon testing, call the toll-free National Radon Information Line at 1-800-SOS-Radon or 1-800-767-7236. All of this information and more can be found at https://www.epa.gov/radon .

Thank you for reading! I hope you find this information helpful. For more information on important inspections to consider during the home buying process please contact me. 

Jacquelyn

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