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Radon And Pittston Pennsylvania Real Estate
Radon has been an issue in the real estate market for a number of years, particularly in areas with a reputation for high levels of the gas. The fact that it cannot be seen or smelled and is radioactive as well, makes it a subject of concern. When a house is placed up for sale in Pittston, Pennsylvania, it is more than likely that the homeowner will be questioned about the radon level in the house being offered. This need not be a problem. Radon is easily addressed and can be effectively controlled.
The danger radon presents to human health makes potential house buyers worry about its presence in houses. In point of fact, radon is present in almost all houses, although usually at fairly low levels. Radon is a by-product of the atomic decay of naturally occurring trace deposits of uranium in soil and in rock formations. As the gas migrates through the soil, it enters houses through the foundation, usually through small cracks and spaces for wiring, plumbing and duct work. Houses built on solid concrete slabs are not immune from radon seepage, and new houses are as likely to have higher than average levels of radon as older ones. Surveys of radon tests have shown that the average level of radon in single-family houses is 1.3 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), which is considered to be relatively safe.
Radon Kills 21,000 A Year
At higher concentrations, radon can be very dangerous. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists radon as a Class A carcinogen, along with such materials as arsenic, asbestos and benzene. At in-house concentrations of 4 pCi/L, the EPA considers it an “action level,” which means that they strongly recommend that homeowners take steps to reduce the level of the gas. The Surgeon General has established that radon is the second-highest cause of lung disease, accounting for 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. Many studies over the years have verified the high toxicity of radon.
Pittston Pennsylvania May Be at a Higher Risk of Radon Exposure
Two-thirds of Pennsylvania is rated as a Zone 1 area for radon, with a strong probability of high levels of radon in houses. In and around Pittston, Pennsylvania, 32% of houses have radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L. Because radon levels vary so much from place to place, even house to house, the only way to determine what the level is in a specific house is to perform a test in that house. We are able to test for radon quickly and accurately, providing this important information to the homeowner. If the results of the test show high levels of radon, there is no need for alarm. We can work with the homeowner to design and install a radon mitigation system to lower the level of radon. This not only safeguards the health of the occupants, but preserves the value of the house and offers a positive selling point for prospective buyers.
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