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A house I’m looking at has radon problems. Buy or pass?

On first glance, radon is a scary — it’s one of those invisible gas things, but also, according to the EPA, the second-largest cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Radon occurs as uranium, which occurs naturally in the soil, breaks down. There is more radon in the soil in the Northeast and Midwest, but there is some everywhere.

The trouble occurs when it gets trapped in your house. So for starters: open the windows. What your mom said about fresh air is really right.

Next, do a test with a radon canister. You can pick up a cheapie at a hardware store.

If you get worrisome results, you’ll want to have a real tester come out.  If they find levels above four picocuries per liter of air, then you need to get a venting system installed — which should run you around a thousand bucks.

Bottom line: buy the house and remediate the problem. Oh, and if you are a smoker, quit!

Posted in For Buyers 13 years, 2 months ago at 7:13 am.

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