Radon: The Threat You Barely Know Anything About

Radon. Ring a bell? Think back to when you bought your house. Do you remember paying for a radon inspection? No? OK, let me give you a refresher.

I try not to be an alarmist or use hyperbole when it comes to issues of real estate, but radon is no joke. It is literally the second leading cause of lung cancer behind cigarettes. It’s odorless, tasteless and completely invisible in every way. It doesn’t leave a trail… it’s simply… radon.

What is radon you ask? Well, Websters has it as “a heavy radioactive gaseous element of the group of inert gases formed by disintegration of radium”. Translation? It’s rocks under your house which produce radioactive gases that go into your home and then you and your family (and pets) subsequently breathe it in.

Sounds pretty dire doesn’t it? Well, there is good news which I love giving you since you could be quaking in your boots or rooting through your home office for the radon test you performed when you bought your home.

Radon mitigation (reduction) systems are fairly affordable to install. They go into your basement and below is a handy dandy infographic to show how they are configured.

Radon Mitigation System

Above appears much uglier than the real thing. Usually they are able to make them seem less obtrusive and streamlined. For about $1000-$1500, your air can be cleared of this radioactivity and levels brought below 4 pCl. (The EPA limit)

Any questions, shoot me an email at asksethanything@gmail.com

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