What is Radon? Do I need to test for it?

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What is Radon? Do I need to test for it?

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon in Tennessee

 

Radon is a colorless, extremely toxic radioactive gas. It is found in almost all solid rock, soil and water, though at varying levels. It's formed by the ongoing decay of Uranium.

It's naturally occurring and can enter and build up in your home without you being aware of it. The radon that escapes into the atmosphere is not harmful but too much in your home can cause major health problems. The radon is measured by picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The average home has about 1.3 pCi/L and the average outdoor air has .4 pCi/L. The EPA recommends fixing the air at levels between 2 and 4 pCi/L where WHO, the World's Health Organization recommends that levels be below 2.7 pCi/L.

How do you reduce the levels of Radon in your Home? Mitigation methods can vary from improving ventilation in your crawl space to mechanically pumping the air out of a basement.

Radon in Tennessee can be seen on this map of Tennessee that shows the counties and their tendency to have certain levels of Radon:  Radon in Tennessee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do the Colors mean?

The Red is Zone 1 - These Counties have the highest potential with numbers at 4 pCi/L or greater.

The Orange is Zone 2 - These Counties have moderate potential with numbers between 2 and 4 pCi/L.

The Yellow, Zone 3 - would be those with the least potential. Typically at 2 pCi/L or less.

The first step is to have a radon test. Most Home Inspectors perform these tests. Ask your local Realtor for some names of Home Inspectors. Radon in Tennessee information is available at:

www.TN.Gov/environment/ea/radon.

To see your state showing the radon in the different counties visit the Map of Radon Zones.

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Connie Harveyis a local agent with Pilkerton Realtors, serving home buyers and sellers in Nashville, TN, Brentwood TN, and Franklin TN. Let her help you realize your Real Estate goals. She can be reached at 615-371-2474.


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Connie

Down here in Galveston we don't hear much about testing for Radon. I appreciate the link to the map.  I will be reading up on this more! 

Thanks for making a complex topic easier to understand!

 

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Here in Utah, we are starting to see higher levels during testing, mostly occurring in REO or other vacant homes. In many cases, just normal "coming and going" through the doors will lower the number dramatically. As to the map, here in Tooele County we've had off the chart readings in one house and minimal numbers two doors down, so we have just learned to test, test, test! Thanks for the post!

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I have had more than a few dozen radon situations. Out mitigation level starts at 4. The test cost about $125 and can almost always be corrected for around $1000. Occasionally with an extensive crawl space when they need more than on sump pump, it can be more costly.

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Connie,

There are no crawl spaces or basements here in Florida.  If you go down 4 feet you in water.  We are all built on long steel pilings that are pounded deep into the ground, but we do have Radon issues here too.

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Deb - Until about 2 or 3 years ago, we didn't do a lot of testing. I'm seeing it more and more.

Chris - It's what we all need to be doing anyway. Test. test test!

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