Radon Testing For Boulder Real Estate

radonhouse1.jpgThere are a few people who know about Radon when I meet them but most folks I talk to seem to only learn about radon and radon testing when they decide it’s time to buy or sell their Boulder real estate.

It’s certainly a nationwide issue. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has some excellent information on its website about Radon Gas, where’s it’s more commonly found and how to test for it.

radon3.jpgIt’s relatively easy to test a house to see if there are high levels present and I recommend to all of my clients that they have the home inspector perform a test as part of the overall inspection process.

radon2.jpgWhile many sellers don’t have the test done prior to selling, I’ve not had sellers reject a request for doing Radon mitigation to fix this common problem. There are some well established steps that can be taken which will do an excellent job of mitigating Radon, and there are many well-qualified Radon Mitigation Contractors that can complete the work. I’ve seen the costs range from between $900 to $1400 in most cases.

There are many misconceptions about Radon and some pertinent facts. Here’s a clip from the EPA Website which you might find interesting:

MYTH: Scientists are not sure that radon really is a problem.

FACT: Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths due to radon, all the major health organizations (like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Lung Association and the American Medical Association) agree with estimates that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year. This is especially true among smokers, since the risk to smokers is much greater than to non-smokers.

MYTH: Radon testing is difficult, time-consuming and expensive.

FACT: Radon testing is easy. You can test your home yourself or hire a qualified radon test company. Either approach takes only a small amount of time and effort.

MYTH: Radon testing devices are not reliable and are difficult to find.

FACT: Reliable testing devices are available from qualified radon testers and companies. Reliable testing devices are also available by phone or mail-order, and can be purchased in hardware stores and other retail outlets. Call your state radon office for help in identifying radon testing companies.

radonfixed.jpgMYTH: Homes with radon problems can’t be fixed.

FACT: There are simple solutions to radon problems in homes. Hundreds of thousands of homeowners have already fixed radon problems in their homes. Radon levels can be readily lowered for $800 to $2,500 (with an average cost of $1,200).. Call your state radon office for help in identifying qualified mitigation contractors.

MYTH: Radon affects only certain kinds of homes.

FACT: House construction can affect radon levels. However, radon can be a problem in homes of all types: old homes, new homes, drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements, and homes without basements. Local geology, construction materials, and how the home was built are among the factors that can affect radon levels in homes.

MYTH: Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country.

FACT: High radon levels have been found in every state. Radon problems do vary from area to area, but the only way to know your radon level is to test.

MYTH: A neighbor’s test result is a good indication of whether your home has a problem.

FACT: It’s not. Radon levels can vary greatly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.

MYTH: Everyone should test their water for radon.

FACT: Although radon gets into some homes through water, it is important to first test the air in the home for radon. If your water comes from a public water supply that uses ground water, call your water supplier. If high radon levels are found and the home has a private well, call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 800-426-4791 for information on testing your water.

MYTH: It’s difficult to sell homes where radon problems have been discovered.

FACT: Where radon problems have been fixed, home sales have not been blocked or frustrated. The added protection is some times a good selling point.

MYTH: I’ve lived in my home for so long, it doesn’t make sense to take action now.

FACT: You will reduce your risk of lung cancer when you reduce radon levels, even if you’ve lived with a radon problem for a long time.

MYTH: Short-term tests can’t be used for making a decision about whether to fix your home.

FACT: A short-term test, followed by a second short-term test* can be used to decide whether to fix your home. However, the closer the average of your two short-term tests is to 4 pCi/L, the less certain you can be about whether your year-round average is above or below that level. Keep in mind that radon levels below 4 pCi/L still pose some risk. Radon levels can be reduced in most homes to 2 pCi/L or below.

* If the radon test is part of a real estate transaction, the result of two short-term tests can be used in deciding whether to mitigate. For more information, see EPA’s “Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon“.
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-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®

Comments

2 Responses to “Radon Testing For Boulder Real Estate”

  1. Lynne Eldridge MD on September 10th, 2007 4:20 pm

    Thanks so much for taking the time to spread the word about radon. Though exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, physicians are notoriously poor in discussing the importance of testing with patients. We keep walking and racing for the cure, but following your advice alone, could probably eliminate 21,000 cancer deaths a year in the US. Thanks!

    Lynne Eldridge MD
    Author, “Avoiding Cancer One Day At A Time: Practical Advice for Preventing Cancer”
    http://www.avoidcancernow.com

  2. Nora Ziel on September 10th, 2007 6:00 pm

    Zachary,

    Thanks so much for this information! My radon fan stopped working several months ago and I haven’t gotten around to getting it fixed thinking it’s not that big of a deal. I just made a call to a contractor to get it up and running again after reading your information.

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