Raleigh Real Estate Answers – Are you purchasing a home in the Raleigh, North Carolina area? Here’s some information about Radon.
What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown or decay of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon can be found all over the U.S. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. It can get into any type of building through the ground or cracks in the foundations of homes, offices, and schools. As it enters the home and mixes with the air you breathe, it can result in a high indoor radon level. Radon can also enter your home through well water. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.
The EPA estimates that nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States has an elevated radon level.
Should you test for Radon in a Raleigh, NC home?
Yes. It is the only way that you can know if your family is at risk to exposure to radon. The EPA recommends that you test all homes below the third floor. What is the acceptable level for Radon? 4 pCi/L or more is considered to be a level of risk.
Can you fix a home that is found to contain radon?
Yes. Radon reduction systems work and they can be reasonable in price. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%. Because of this even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
Here is a link to the EPA Radon Guide in PDF format: Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon
Want to test your Raleigh, NC home?
Contact the Marti Hampton Team for information on how to get a radon test performed.
You might also want to visit the State of NC website: http://www.ncradon.org/
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