Should I Have My House Tested For Radon?
I decided I would write a quick blog about Radon in the air. This came about while I was recently at a listing presentation and I asked a question to the homeowner about any testing for Radon? The owner of the home said, "yes it's high but the farmer next door has Radon and he is old, nothing has happened to him". (The homeowner never had a mitigation system installed.)
In Maine, and over the last 6 years radon testing has skyrocketed. I recommend to everyone of my Buyer Clients to have a test completed for radon in the air and if the home has a drilled well, water also. I had a one unit condo tested for radon in the air, (6 units were attached) we were 2nd from the end and the usable basement tested high! Do you think the other units could be high?
Radon in the air is fairly inexpensive to fix, so it is very rare a real estate transaction falls apart due to high levels during a home inspection.
Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. You can not smell it and it can also be in the water.
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.
EPA said to fix your home if the level is 4 pCi/L or higher and if levels are between 2-4 consider fixing. The Maine CDC is emphasizing the 2 pCi/L as the current recommended clean up level for air in Maine. Why is Maine Choosing to Emphasize the 2 pCi/L clean up level now?
If a home is tested, Maine regulations require that a home for sale be tested in the lowest usable level– usually the basement.
Maine Real Estate Listing Agents must disclose information about radon in the water and air in the Sellers Property Disclosure.
If your home is for sale, you cannot legally test for radon yourself. You must hire a state registered radon tester.
If your home is for sale, you cannot legally install a radon mitigation system yourself. You must hire a registered radon mitigation contractor.
Educate yourself on radon. For helpful information you can download
Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention - Radon & Home Sales
Radon is real, yes test for it!
Source of information:
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention
Gary Jordan Jr. is a REALTOR® in Bangor, Maine. He provides real estate solutions for Buyers and Sellers. You can learn more about Gary and real estate in Maine at www.sellmainehomes.com You can also directly contact Gary at firstname.lastname@example.org or call / text him at 207-745-8814.
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