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Radon And The Real Estate Market In Bedford Massachusetts

Radon is a subject brought up almost every time a house is placed on the real estate market. It has been known for many years that radon radioactive gas that can have serious adverse health consequences for humans, so its presence in houses in Bedford, Massachusetts is a problem that both sellers and buyers have to address. As problems with houses go, however, radon is not the worst. Tests can be done to determine the level of radon and steps taken, if necessary, to reduce them.

Harvard University Calls Radon the Greatest In-house Hazard

Radon Bedford Massachusetts Real EstateReducing radon levels is an important item on any homeowner’s checklist, but particularly when selling a house. Radon is so toxic that it is listed as a Class A carcinogen, at the same level as arsenic and asbestos. The Surgeon General has determined that it is the second-highest cause of lung cancer in the country and has linked it to 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States per year. A study by the Harvard University School of Public Health concluded that radon was the greatest in-house hazard in homes in the U.S.

Radon is a natural by-product of trace deposits of uranium in rocks and soil. It can be found anywhere, but the concentration of radon differs from place to place. Although many people believe that a house must have a basement to be susceptible to radon, this is not true. Even houses built on a concrete slab can have high concentrations. Radon test surveys show that the average radon level in single-family houses is 1.3 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). In central Massachusetts, however, a geological formation running north-south through the middle of the state increases the likelihood of high radon concentrations. Test surveys in Middlesex County show that it has an average radon rate of 4.6 pCi/L. Of houses tested in the Bedford, Massachusetts area, 29% tested at or above 4 pCi/L, a concentration that the Environmental Protection Agency describes as an “action level.” This means that they strongly recommend that radon abatement be done to reduce the levels of the radioactive gas.

Are You Buying or Selling a Radon Infested Home

The only way to tell what the radon levels are in your house in is to have it tested. We can provide a fast, accurate test to give you the information you need. If the results show that the levels are high, we can design and install a radon mitigation system to reduce the levels of radon in your house. Simply caulking or re-sealing the foundation of your house is not effective. As an added benefit, though, a radon mitigation system can also reduce the levels of mildew and mold in your house.

A radon mitigation system not only protects the health of your family but can be a positive selling point when you place your house on the market. Safeguard your family and preserve the financial investment you have in your house; check your house’s radon level.