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Madison Wisconsin Home Buyers Weary Of Radon
Placing a house on the market in Madison, Wisconsin is a hectic and stressful process. With all of the details to remember, there is one thing that should not slip your mind: Radon. It has been known for decades that radon gas in the home is a very real threat to human health, and it needs to be addressed. Fortunately, of all the problems that can occur in the course of a real estate transaction, radon levels are one of the easiest to measure and control.
Radon gas is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that has been listed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Class A carcinogen. This level of classification includes arsenic, asbestos and even gasoline-borne benzene. The EPA has stated that radon is the second-greatest cause of lung disease and is the cause of 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. The Harvard University School of Public Health has published a study on radon that concluded that it was the greatest in-house hazard in the U.S. The National Research Council has also rated it as a major environmental toxicant in this country.
Madison Wisconsin May Be at Higher Risk of Radon
A by-product of the atomic decay of naturally occurring trace deposits of uranium in the soil and rock, radon can be found throughout the state. Since it is linked to geological formations, however, some areas have higher levels than others. In Wisconsin, there is a band of high-radon rock that follows the southern tier of counties along the Illinois state line. Dane County, which includes Madison, Wisconsin, is in the middle of this band. Although test surveys have shown that the average radon concentration in single-family stand-alone houses is 1.3 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), the rate in Dane County is 4.4 pCi/L. Survey studies have shown that 37% of houses in the Madison, Wisconsin area have concentrations at or above 4 pCi/L.
Find Out if Radon is Attacking Your Family
Radon levels in a particular house can only be determined by testing. We can provide fast accurate testing, which will provide homeowners and potential purchasers with vital information. If the test results show that the concentrations are higher than 4 pCi/L, which the EPA considers to be an “action level,” there is no need to assume that the sale process has to be abandoned. For one thing, any other house in the area has just a great a likelihood of equally high radon levels. A better approach would be to let us work with you to design and install a radon mitigation system, which will lower the level of radon in the house. As an added benefit, radon mitigation systems have also been shown to reduce the level of mold and mildew.
With all of the other worries that a homeowner has to deal with during a house sale, radon levels do not have to be among them. We can help measure and, if necessary, deal with radon levels in your home.
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