Radon - What you need to know

The hidden deadly gas in almost every home…

When my family bought our second home our Realtor suggested we do a radon test. 

“What the heck is radon?” (I didn’t pay attention in chemistry class) “Why didn’t the other agent suggest it when we bought our first home?” Maybe they did and I brushed it off. Thoughts going through my head…

After some research I learned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Wow! Needless to say, we got the test and it was present in the house we were buying, but low, so no need to take action. 

Radon is pretty much everywhere as radon is the result of decaying uranium. So are we all doomed? Not hardly. But…

Like many things, high levels of any one thing can be detrimental to our health. 

So what’s a high level when it comes to radon?

According to the EPA, anything above 4 pCi/L should be remediated from a home. Instead of breaking down what pCi/L means or stands for…

just know it’s a measurement of how dense the radon is in the air.

The higher that number, the more health risks you have in your home. We’ve seen it in the 20’s and have heard of levels above 100 here in our market!

The average?...

In Central Va, we see about 1 out of every 4 homes will have levels above the EPA threshold of 4. Which is about 4 times higher than the national average!

So if you’re buying a home in Central Va, there’s a 25% chance that your home could be above that threshold…  if you don’t have a system in place. 

The fix?...

Not the end of the world. Radon mitigation companies can usually get the levels below 4 with a system that will set you back a couple grand….

A reasonable price to pay for clean air and peace of mind. 

This is one of the many reasons it’s important to hire a local expert to help you navigate the process of buying a home.

Already own a home and wondering about your air quality? We’ve got some great local companies we can connect you with to get tests done under $200. Just let me know!

Daniel Keeton  (804) 376-9309

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