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Radon Effects The Minneapolis Minnesota Real Estate Market

Radon Minneapolis Minnesota Real EstateWhen a house is placed on the market in Minneapolis, Minnesota, potential buyers often ask about the radon levels present. It has been known for several decades that radon is a serious threat to human health, so radon is a serious concern for homeowners. Of all the potential problems with a house, however, radon levels are not the most difficult to address. The levels can be easily tested and, if necessary, radon mitigation can quickly reduce them.

Radon is a by-product of the natural atomic decay of trace deposits of uranium found in the soil and rock formations. It is a radioactive gas which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported to be the second-highest cause of lung cancer. In fact, the EPA has determined that radon gas is the cause of 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. Because of its toxicity, the EPA has defined radon as a Class A carcinogen, on par with arsenic, asbestos and benzene. A study by the Harvard University School of Public Health has stated that it is the leading in-house hazard in the U.S.

The gas percolates through the soil and seeps into houses through small cracks in the foundation, wiring, plumbing and ducting openings, sump pump wells and other openings. Radon test surveys have shown that the average level in a single-family free-standing house is 1.3 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). A concentration of 4 pCi/L or above is considered by the EPA to be an “action level,” at which they strongly recommend that homeowners install a radon mitigation system.

Minneapolis Minnesota May Be at a Greater Risk of Radon Exposure

Since radon is a product of geological structures, the amount of radon present in a particular area varies. In Minnesota, the entire western half of the state has been classified as a Zone 1 level, meaning that there is a strong probability that houses will have radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L. Tests of houses in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area have shown that 39% of the houses are at this dangerous level. Since radon cannot be seen or smelled, and there are no immediate symptoms in humans when it is present, the only way to determine if a particular house has high levels of radon is to test it. We can provide fast and accurate tests for radon, to provide important information for homeowners.

Fix Your Radon Problem and Provide Comfort to Potential Home Buyers

If the test shows that there is a high accumulation of radon, it is not necessary to take the house off the market. Simple caulking and sealing will not solve the problem, but we can design and install a radon mitigation system which will quickly and efficiently lower the radon levels. As an added benefit, radon mitigation systems also help reduce mold and mildew in a house. By installing such a system, the homeowner can protect the health of the occupants from radon, as well as preserving the market value of the house.