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Is The Home You Are Buying In Kalamazoo Michigan Radon Free?

Radon Kalamazoo Michigan Real EstateHome safety is always a concern, but especially so when a house has been put up for sale. One safety factor that should be considered is the level of radon gas present in a house. A study by the Harvard University School of Public Health ranks radon as the no. 1 in-home hazard, while the National Research Council describes radon as being one of the major environmental toxins in the United States. Radon has been shown to increase the incidence of lung cancer and has been associated with an increase in some types of leukemia. The danger is very real, but the first step in addressing it is to determine if radon is present in a house. When selling or buying a house in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the only way to find out if a house does have levels of radon which can be considered a concern is to have a test performed.

What is Radon?

Radon gas is odorless and colorless, but it is radioactive, and can seep into a house through minor cracks in the house foundation, gaps around plumbing and wiring entering a house underground, sump pump wells and other entryways. Radon gas results from the decay of uranium, which is found naturally in the soil and rocks across the country. Measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), the average level of radon gas in free-standing single-family houses in the United States is 1.3 pCi/L. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 4 pCi/L to be an “action level,” at which health risks including lung cancer can increase.

Kalamazoo Michigan Might Be at a Higher Risk of Radon Exposure

Kalamazoo, Michigan is located in a band of counties across the south-central part of Michigan that shows higher than average levels of radon. Kalamazoo County is considered to be a Zone 1 area (highest incidence of radon), and tests have shown that 38% of houses in Kalamazoo, Michigan have radon rates of 4 pCi/L or above. While not all houses in the area have such high rates of radon, the only way to find out the radon level in the house you are selling or considering to buy is to have the house tested.

We can provide fast and accurate radon testing in Kalamazoo, Michigan. If the results show that the house does have higher levels of radon, don’t let that make you lose faith in the possibility of completing the sale. Looking for another house in the area will not solve the problem; since radon is associated with soil conditions, another house in Kalamazoo, Michigan has the same likelihood of higher radon levels. Instead, radon can be mitigated and the levels lowered. We have the expertise and experience to install effective radon mitigation systems which will not only correct the problem but increase the value of the house. Radon mitigation systems not only make the house safer from radon health concerns, but also reduce the growth of molds and mildews!

Be safe and real estate smart. Have your house tested for radon.