(Closed) Tell me everything you know about Radon!

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We didn’t have a problem with radon (thank goodness) but I was a little worried during inspection because some areas around my region has slightly elevated levels. I heard it’s no biggie because it just requires a ventilation system and depending on where you live, the city/govt might even reimburse you for a portion of it. 

Now I’m not sure which levels can be fixed by ventilation alone or what the ranges are. But hopefully what you have is an easy fix. 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh yeah, we tested our basement.  It came back OFF the charts with a reading of 20… whatever units they use.  Our basement is finished also.  We put in the fan system and retested, it came back at like 0.6.  The system is about $800 and just cost the electricity to keep the little fan running, not much at all.

Post # 7
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Honey bee

We tested ours also because it is a common issue in our area. The results came back fine but I remember my realtor saying that if it came back high we could ask the seller to put in the fan system and then re-test. Its probably in the best interest  of your seller to take  care of the issue because if you walk away, the next potential buyer will run into the same issue.

Post # 8
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ours came back high and the sellers gave us a $1200 credit to install a system. We opted to do it ourselves so we could choose the company etc…I wouldn’t worry about the jump from 4 to 4.6. We were told radon levels differ throughout the day and that is normal. Ours ranged from 2-20 throughout the test with an average of 8. The mitigation system takes care of all that. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

LOL!  Do not go to weddingbeee.. that is funny.  Yes, we have the fan running 24/7, its totally separate from the heating/cooling… its in the corner of the basement (unfinished part), and I think it goes into the sump drain and then right out of the house.  They drilled a big old 7 inch hole right through the side of the house.  Then there’s a huge tube going up the side to the top of the roof.  If you’re right next to it, you can hear the little fan running, otherwise you dont even notice its there.  From the outside, I was afraid it’d be ugly, but you barely notice it.. it’ll look like a gutter downspout…just place is near a back corner if you can.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@SoontobeMrsA: That’s great news that the seller is taking care of it! We were going to put an offer in on a house but were concerned about a few things and found out there was radon in the house. Not a deal breaker by any means (since it’s fairly easy to mitigate), but it was the straw that broke the camel’s back for us.

I do know it’s a natural thing and usually occurs with houses that have basements. However, our realtor said she had a house where the radon was coming from granite countertops!

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