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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Brian Schulman
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Good graphic, Donald.  You can't convince people who know everything, though.
Feb 21, 2008 05:09 PM #1
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Donald Bradbury
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Brian Schulman - Your Lancaster County, PA Real Estate Professional:

Good graphic, Donald.  You can't convince people who know everything, though.

Thanks Brian.  I do believe you are right.

Don

Feb 21, 2008 05:10 PM #2
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Joan Whitebook
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I have done a lot of reading on Radon.  I have some very good links on our website and I encourage clients to educate themselves.  They also can talk to a very knowledgable guy in our Environmental Services Department.  It is important for individuals to evaluate what is best for them and their families.  Some people may have a history which would make their exposure to radon more harmful than others.

Feb 21, 2008 05:14 PM #3
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Stacey Folk
Prudential Select Properties - Saint Louis, MO

I find it humorous that he left the house because of radon but went outside to have a cigarette break.

Feb 21, 2008 05:15 PM #4
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Kim Skumanick
Lewith & Freeman Real Estate - Tunkhannock, PA

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.

Feb 21, 2008 07:38 PM #5
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Nick Ruta
Whitehall, PA

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

Feb 21, 2008 09:20 PM #6
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Michael McEleney
Lepic-Kroeger, Realtors - North Liberty, IA

Yeah-funny that the buyer was having a fit over the Radon while taking out his anguish on smoke break. Ah well...

 -Mike

Feb 21, 2008 09:27 PM #7
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Jim Albano
Prudential Damiano Realty - Little Falls, NJ
Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate
You know how they add an odor to natural gas so that leaks are detectable by smell? Well maybe someone finally discovered how to add an odor to radon!! What a great idea! ha, ha, ha!!!!!!
Feb 21, 2008 10:15 PM #8
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Linda Tremblay
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc, PA License #AB065488 - Doylestown, PA
Associate Broker - Bucks County, PA Real Estate Services
Mr Buyer should quit smoking if he is all that worried bout it.  There are radon remediation companies out there who will fix the radon, but no one will fix his lungs if he keeps puffin.  One of my team members recently had a buyer test for radon and it was 40.  I think that is about the highest I ever saw.  I had a 29 once.  
Feb 22, 2008 08:33 AM #9
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Donald Bradbury
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Joan Whitebook:

I have done a lot of reading on Radon.  I have some very good links on our website and I encourage clients to educate themselves.  They also can talk to a very knowledgable guy in our Environmental Services Department.  It is important for individuals to evaluate what is best for them and their families.  Some people may have a history which would make their exposure to radon more harmful than others.

Thanks Joan.  This is very good advice.  Thanks

Don

Feb 22, 2008 09:00 AM #10
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Donald Bradbury
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Linda Tremblay, Bucks County Real Estate:

Mr Buyer should quit smoking if he is all that worried bout it.  There are radon remediation companies out there who will fix the radon, but no one will fix his lungs if he keeps puffin.  One of my team members recently had a buyer test for radon and it was 40.  I think that is about the highest I ever saw.  I had a 29 once.  

Linda.  I had a 17 once and a 3 at the same house right next door.  Interesting though

Don

Feb 22, 2008 09:02 AM #11
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Donald Bradbury
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Jim Albano:

You know how they add an odor to natural gas so that leaks are detectable by smell? Well maybe someone finally discovered how to add an odor to radon!! What a great idea! ha, ha, ha!!!!!!

Thanks Jim.  LOL

Feb 22, 2008 09:03 AM #12
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Donald Bradbury
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Michael McEleney:

Yeah-funny that the buyer was having a fit over the Radon while taking out his anguish on smoke break. Ah well...

 -Mike

Thanks for commenting Michael  LOL!

Feb 22, 2008 09:04 AM #13
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Donald Bradbury
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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

Feb 22, 2008 09:05 AM #14
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Donald Bradbury
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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

Feb 22, 2008 09:08 AM #15
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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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?"


Feb 22, 2008 04:10 PM #16
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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

 

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Aaron Flook
AM Inspection Services, LLC - Pittsburgh, PA

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

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