Kansas City Metro Area Missouri & Kansas
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Like it or not, radon concerns are not going
away. The U.S. Surgeon General's office, the American Medical Association,
the EPA, and the American Lung Association have stated that Radon is the 2nd
leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today (2nd to cigarette
smoking). If you smoke and your house has high radon levels, your risk of
lung cancer is especially high. The EPA and the Surgeon General
recommend testing for radon. Testing is not expensive, simple, non-evasive,
and can be done in a 48-72 hour time frame.
Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found
in homes all over the U.S. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in
the soil, rocks, and water buried underground and gets into the air you
breathe. You cannot see or taste radon gas. It typically moves through the
ground and enters your home through cracks or other openings in the
foundation. Your home can then trap the radon inside and long-term exposure
can be hazardous to your health.
Sometimes a well-meaning seller, relative, or real estate agent will try to
"pooh-pooh" the radon issue by telling you that only old houses have radon
problems or that houses on a crawlspace or those with stone basements are so
drafty that they don't have radon problems. That is a myth and just plain
not true! Any house can have a radon problem. This includes new and
old homes, drafty, or well-sealed homes and homes with or without basements.
Two houses side-by-side in the same neighborhood can have totally different
indoor radon levels. A national study by the EPA has determined that 1 out
of every 15 homes in the U.S. have elevated radon levels. In the Kansas
City and surrounding area, it has been established that more like 1 in 5
houses have an elevated radon level, and the only way to find out for sure
is by testing.
There are several ways to test a house for radon, including cheap
do-it-yourself kits and canisters that the owner can buy for about $25 at a
hardware store and do themselves. The most reliable and accurate way of
testing in the limited time span of a real estate transaction is by using an
"electronic radon monitor." "Electronic radon monitors" provide hourly
readouts and other tamper deterrents that eliminate the false accusations
and suspicions of seller or agent interference that can easily occur when
using a cheap canister type of test device.
If the results of the radon test do show elevated radon levels, they can be
easily and permanently fixed by a RMP Certified Radon Mitigation Contractor.
Since elevated radon levels are mainly a health hazed only after long-term
exposure, its in your best interest to test the radon level prior to buying
a new home. Once the radon situation is corrected, many people also notice
the air quality in the home has been improved (no musty odors). The average
costs of installing a radon mitigation system typically range from
$800-$1200 (considerably less than replacing an older worn out roof or
furnace). One final thought about radon; many people that work for large
"Fortune 500 Companies" get transferred every few years. In these cases, the
company often has a "buy-out program" that will offer to purchase their
employee's house if it doesn't sell quickly. Most of these companies want a
radon test on the house before they offer to purchase it. If you have radon
at that time, its your high radon and your expense.
Contact Holmes Inspection Company
for more information on radon testing today!