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Are You Buying A Radon Free Home In Raleigh North Carolina?

Radon Raleigh North Carolina Real EstateRadon and radon mitigation are important considerations when selling or buying a house in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since radon poses such a serious threat to the health of occupants of a house, many home buyers will naturally want to have the structure tested for radon levels before closing on the purchase. This is a prudent thing to do, since this information can help both the seller and the buyer make important decisions involving radon mitigation, if the testing proves that it is necessary.

The toxicity of radon is such that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed it as a Class A carcinogen, on par with asbestos and arsenic. Radon is considered to be the second-leading cause of lung cancer, responsible for 21,000 deaths from that disease each year in the United States. The National Research Council has also stated that radon is one of the major environmental toxins in this country and the Harvard University School of Public Health ranks radon as the leading in-home hazard in the United States.

Raleigh North Carolina May Be at a Greater Risk of Radon Exposure

The geology of North Carolina is such that certain areas of the state have concentrations of uranium in the rock and soil. As the uranium undergoes atomic decay, radon gas is released, allowing it to seep through the soil and into houses through the foundation, plumbing and wiring access, sump pump wells and other points of entry. Houses built directly on concrete slabs are just as likely to have elevated levels of radon as those with basements or crawl spaces, and new homes are just as susceptible as older structures. Testing surveys have shown that the average concentration of radon in single-family detached houses is 1.3 units of picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), which is considered to be a safe level. The EPA has determined that concentrations at or above 4 pCi/L are an “action level” at which radon mitigation systems are encouraged.

Wake County, where Raleigh, North Carolina is located, is part of a range of counties in the eastern Piedmont Mountain region stretching down from the Virginia state line which shows a higher concentration of indoor radon than is found in the surrounding area. Tests have shown that 10% of the houses in Raleigh, North Carolina show radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L. There is, however, no way to determine if a particular house has elevated levels of radon without testing. We offer fast and accurate testing for radon, to help you know if your home or a house you are considering buying has high levels of radon. If the test does show elevated levels of radon, you do not have to back off from a real estate transaction and look for another house. Since the root cause is the geology of the area, other houses have a likelihood of elevated radon levels as well. Instead, we can help by designing and installing a radon mitigation system to reduce the radon levels.