I can smell the Radon in this house!

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Real Estate Agent with Bradbury Team Prudential Patt, White Real Estate

Mr and Mrs Buyer and I were out shopping for a home the other day, and were in the basement of a home that was at the top of their price range.  In the finished basement, there was an unfinished side, where the heater and things were located, along with the sump pump hole.  

 Mr. Buyer announced he was upset, and started to get excited and cause a scene.  He said he could smell the radon coming out of the sump pump hole.  He explained how dangerous this was, and that it could cause cancer.  We left the property immediately.  

While we were out front, and Mr. Buyer was having a cigarette break, I explained that Radon Gas was odorless, colorless and tasteless, and could be checked out.  If done in a timely manor, could be remediated, at the cost of the seller.  Well Mr. Buyer knew more than I did about it and declaired this house was not for him.

Believe it or not, this is a true story!  But here are the facts folks! 

Radon is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless radioactive gas produced by the natural breakdown of uranium found in some rocks, sediments, and water. Radon moves out of the ground and dilutes to harmless levels  in the atmosphere, but it can accumulate to high levels in houses.  High radon levels are associated with an increased risk of lung cancer. Radon can enter a home through openings in basement walls and floors.  Radon concentrations in a home can be lowered by sealing these entry points, by depressurizing the sediment around home foundations, and by improving home ventilation.

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Nick Ruta:

That's definitely a classic!!!  Smell the radon eh?  Oh boy....this is the joy I have to look forward too?

Thanks Nick.  Glad to see you here in the Rain.

Don

February 22, 2008 09:05 AM
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Kim Skumanick:

Same here Stacey. Will never forget the time a home inspector noticed a buyer couple smoking before the inspection started at one of my listings. He suggested they save their money on a radon test as their pack-a-day habit could cause more damage.

Joan - you make some very valid points. Seems like education is the answer to all our problems these days.

Thanks for the feedback Kim

Don

February 22, 2008 09:08 AM
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I love the irony.

But I also understand that many buyers do not want to find out that they are wrong. Some become defensive when corrected and feel you are not on their side, when nothing could be further from the truth. I suppose you could have said, "Really? The EPA says radon has no odor. Do you think the EPA is wrong?"


February 22, 2008 04:10 PM
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Dale Baker
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Howdy Donald

Very good info.

You are 100% right that Radon is odorless, colorless and that you can not taste it.

The only way to know if a home has Radon is to test for it.

The winter month's are the best time to test for Radon in a home.

Have a good one

Dale

 

February 22, 2008 08:05 PM
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Aaron Flook
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Donald,

Unfortunately you are not alone when it comes to these types of difficulties.  It is disappointing to see someone with such misconceptions of what is right or wrong. 

 Who would think that you, a real estate agent, would know any thing about radon.  It probably never comes up in a real estate transaction.  I am sure you never has to deal with in at any time in the past. 

 That last several lines were said with tongue firmly planted in cheek.  In our area of PA, most of the agents would do well, if they took the test to become a radon tester.  I am sure in your area, Realtors are some of the most educated with the real life applications of radon and radon correction.  Bless you for not throttling the goof on site. 

 

Aaron Flook

February 26, 2008 03:17 PM
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