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Greenville South Carolina Home Buyers Concerned About Radon

Radon Real Estate Greenville South CarolinaIf you are placing your house on the market in Greenville, South Carolina, or if you are looking for a house to buy, you have enough complications without having to be concerned with radon levels in a house. Even so, radon is a serious health hazard and needs to be addressed. Radon is rated as a class A carcinogen, on the same level as asbestos and arsenic. Despite its dangerous nature, however, radon is actually one of the easier challenges you can face in the middle of a real estate transaction.

Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that is a product of naturally occurring uranium deposits in the native soil and rock that are undergoing atomic decay. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that radon is the second-highest leading cause of lung cancer, and accounts for 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. The Harvard University School of Public Health ranks radon as the greatest in-house hazard in the United States.

Radon Gas Levels May Be Higher in Greenville South Carolina

The gas can seep into houses through the foundation, and can be found in houses built directly on concrete slabs as well as those with crawlspaces or basements. New houses are as susceptible as older structures. Measured in units of picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), survey tests have shown that the average radon concentration in single-family free-standing houses is 1.3 pCi/L, which is considered to be a safe level. At or above concentrations of 4 pCi/L, radon is considered by the EPA to be at an “action level” where a mitigation system should be installed. Unfortunately, Greenville is the only county in South Carolina rated by the EPA as a Zone 1 area, with a “high likelihood” of radon concentrations this high. A survey of Greenville, South Carolina houses has in fact shown that 25% of them have measured concentrations at or above 4 pCi/L. Since radon is produced from the ground, however, different areas have higher or lower levels of radon, so the only way to find out if a specific house has this high level of radon is to have it tested.

Put Away Home Buyers Concerns of Radon

We are available to provide fast and accurate radon testing for your house. If the results show that your house has elevated levels of radon, it does not mean that you have to withdraw your house from the market or, if you are a prospective buyer, look for a different house. Other houses in the market have an equal potential for similarly high levels of radon. Instead, we have the experience to design and install an effective radon mitigation system. Simply caulking or sealing the foundation does not solve the problem, but a properly installed radon mitigation system can lower the concentrations considerably. As an added benefit, the same mitigation system can also provide a means of controlling mold and mildew.

Be aware, be informed and be proactive. Have your house tested for radon.