Radon in the Home Explained

Blog Post Image
Real Estate

Jeremy Haeck and Michael Redmond from The Dan Haeck Team at Coldwell Banker Real Estate explain Radon in the Home in this short video.  Radon is a topic that comes up often when buying or selling a home and this video is meant to explain the basics of Radon, how to test for it, and how to mitigate it.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation and floor. Testing is the only way to know your level of exposure.

Do it yourself test kits are readily available but more accurate tests are performed by licensed radon testing personnel. If testing reveals radon limits above 3.9 pCi/L. it is highly recommended that a radon mitigation system be installed.

These systems consist of a pipe or series of pipes underneath the concrete basement floor where there is a layer of gravel. An in-line fan is connected to the pipe which extends up an out of the home to an area above the roof level where the gas can escape and dissipate outside of the home.

For more information about Radon, explore the following links: 

Home Buyer Guide to Radon 

EPA Radon Info