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Radon Effects Real Estate Market In Lancaster Pennsylvania

The area in and around Lancaster, Pennsylvania has an extraordinarily high rate of in-house radon levels. Such high levels of radon can pose problems for a homeowner when placing a house on the real estate market. Potential house buyers often ask about radon levels and it is prudent to have the information available for them. The issue of radon does not need to be a bar to the sale of a house, since as a potential problem it can easily be identified and, if necessary, effectively managed.

Radon Kills 21,000 A Year

Radon Lancaster Pennsylvania Real EstateThe concern over radon stems from the fact that, as an odorless and colorless radioactive gas, it is imbued with a certain fear factor. It is highly dangerous to human health and is so toxic that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has placed it on the list of Class A carcinogens, a list which includes such materials as asbestos, arsenic and benzene. The Surgeon General has determined that it is the second-highest cause of lung cancer and is the cause of 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. It is easy to see why radon causes so much concern.

The source of radon is naturally occurring trace deposits of uranium in the soil and in rock formations. As the uranium undergoes atomic decay, radon is released and migrates through the soil. It enters houses through cracks in the foundation, access for plumbing, wiring and duct work and other spaces. It is untrue that houses built on solid concrete slabs are immune to radon seepage. Almost every house has some radon present, and test surveys have shown that the average level in single-family houses is 1.3 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L).

Test Your Lancaster Pennsylvania Home For Radon Today

Some areas have higher rate of radon emissions than others. The eastern two-thirds of Pennsylvania is rated as a Zone 1 region for radon, meaning that houses in the area have a strong likelihood of testing at or above 4 pCi/L. That concentration is considered by the EPA to be an “action level,” which means they strongly suggest that some action be taken to reduce the level of radon. Houses in the area in and around Lancaster have an average radon level of 14 pCi/L and 64% of the houses test at or above 4 pCi/L.

These figures are averages, however. The actual level in any given house may differ greatly from the average, and it varies from house to house. The only way to determine the level of radon in your house is to have it tested. We can provide fact and accurate testing, which will give you important information for further action. If the result of this test shows that your house does have high concentrations of radon, you do not have to be alarmed. We are able to help by designing and installing a radon mitigation system in your house to help lower the concentration of radon.