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Radon And Real Estate In Collegeville Pennsylvania Area
When a house is placed on the real estate market in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, potential buyers often ask about the radon levels. This is understandable, as radon has long been recognized as an extremely toxic substance with adverse health consequences. Although radon is a concern to sellers and potential buyers, it need not be a matter for panic. As far as house problems go, it is not among the worst; high radon levels can be measured and, when necessary, effectively managed.
Radon Kills 21,000 A Year
Radon is a radioactive gas that cannot be seen or smelled. It is dangerous enough to be included in the list of Class A carcinogens, along with such materials as asbestos, arsenic and benzene, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Surgeon General of the United States has established that radon is the second-most leading cause of leading factor and has been linked to 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.
Trace deposits of uranium occur naturally throughout North America in soil and in rock formations. As the uranium undergoes atomic decay, radon gas is a by-product, which percolates up from the ground and quickly dissipates in the air. It can also enter a house through the foundation and can build up a concentration in the structure. It is a widely held misconception that radon can only enter houses with a basement or a crawlspace. In fact, radon can filter into a house built on a solid concrete slab, either through small cracks in the slab or through other openings, such as spaces for wiring, plumbing and duct work. Surveys of radon tests have shown that a single-family house in the United States has an average radon level of 1.3 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), the unit of measure for radon.
Collegeville Pennsylvania May Be at a Greater Risk of Radon
This is just an average, however, and local radon levels may be different depending upon the underlying soil and rock structures. In Pennsylvania, the eastern two-thirds of the state is rated as Zone 1 for radon, meaning that houses in this zone have a high probability of radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L. The EPA considers this to be an “action level,” meaning that it strongly suggests that action should be taken to mitigate the amount of radon in houses with this level. In the Collegeville, Pennsylvania area within Montgomery County, 32% of the houses test at or above 4 pCi/L.
The only way to determine the radon level in an individual house is to have a test performed. We are able to provide fast and accurate testing, providing information to the homeowner for action. If the test shows high levels of radon, we can design and install a mitigation system to reduce the levels. Such action not only safeguards the health of the occupants, but preserves the value of the house. It is also a positive selling point when the house is on the real estate market is radon free.
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