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What You Should Know About Radon

What You Should Know About Radon
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When you are buying a home in Morrow County, making sure that it is safe for you and your family is top priority.  It’s not just critical for your health; it’s also vital to ensure that the home is a sound investment.  As you go through your inspection process, your agent may recommend inspections for both radon and asbestos.  Both of these materials are carcinogens known to cause cancer through heavy, repeated exposure.  Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, according to EPA estimates.
What is radon?   Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the soil.  Because the air pressure inside your home is usually less than that of the soil it stands on, this acts as a vacuum, drawing radon gas (if it is present) into the home.  Radon is a fairly common occurrence. Half of American homes have a radon level above the average level.  One in 15 homes has a level high enough that the U.S. government has recommended that action be taken to control the leakage.  Radon comes in through the foundation, where the foundation comes in contact with the soil; through gaps, cracks and cavities in walls where plumbing enters; and through construction joints.
A simple home test shows whether radon is above the safe level.  The kit is placed in the lowest lived-in area of the house, generally the first floor or basement, for two or three days.  If testing reveals an unacceptable level of radon in the home, the good news is that radon remediation methods are highly effective.  Your inspector can make recommendations for licensed treatment experts, or you can find one online or through your real estate agent.  Radon mitigation is like many other home repairs — you may want to get a few estimates before choosing your radon contractor.
If radon is found in the property and you like the home, you shouldn’t necessarily pass on buying it.  With the help of your local Morrow County real estate agent, you can get a recommendation for experts who can prescribe treatment and give you estimates.  From there, you can decide whether it’s worth it to negotiate purchase price of the property with the home owner.  This situation is common enough that it can be taken care of easily and does not need to stop you from buying your dream home.

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