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Are You Buying Or Selling A Radon Free Home In Rochester Minnesota?

Placing a house on the market in Rochester, Minnesota involves a great deal of work, attention to detail and, certainly, anxiety. The worry usually only increases when the subject of radon levels is raised. It has been known for a number of years that radon poses a very real danger to human health. Yet, of all the potential problems that homeowners face when selling their house, radon levels are the most easily addressed and resolved.

Radon Kills 21,000 A Year

Radon Rochester Minnesota Real EstateRadon is an odorless, colorless gas that is a by-product of the natural atomic decay of trace deposits of uranium in the soil and water. It passes through the soil and enters houses through small cracks in the foundation, water pump systems, entry spaces for ducting, plumbing and wiring and other openings. Sampling surveys have shown that the average concentration of radon in single-family houses is 1.3 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), which is generally considered to be a safe level. Much higher levels are found in 1 out of 15 houses in the United States, however.

As a radioactive gas, radon is considered to be a major environmental toxin. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that radon is the second-highest cause of lung cancer and, in fact, results in 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. A study by the Harvard University School of Public Health describes radon gas as being the leading in-house hazard in the U.S.

Without a Test, it is Impossible to Know if Your Rochester Minnesota Home Contains Radon

Since the presence of radon is linked to geological structures, different areas have varying levels of the gas. In Minnesota, more than half of the state, encompassing the west and southern counties, has been classified as Zone 1 areas. This means that these counties have a strong likelihood of house high radon accumulations. Olmsted County radon surveys show that the average house radon level is 6.2 pCi/L, and 54% of all houses in the Rochester, Minnesota area have radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L, which the EPA describes as an “action level.” At this level, the EPA strongly recommends that a radon mitigation system be installed in a house.

Radon cannot be seen or smelled and symptoms from its effects are not readily felt. The only way to find the radon level in a particular house is to test for radon. We can offer fast and accurate tests, providing the results to homeowners so they can make informed decisions. If the test results show that high levels of radon are present, it does not mean that the house has to be withdrawn from the market. Simple calking and sealing are not effective, but we can design and install radon mitigation systems which will quickly reduce radon levels. As an added benefit, radon mitigation systems also reduce mold and mildew in a house. A radon mitigation system will protect the health of the home’s occupants and preserve the market value of the house.