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Real Estate and Radon Mitigation in Ann Arbor, Michigan
There is enough to think about when buying or selling a house in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but radon mitigation should also be on your list! Both buyers and sellers want to make sure that radon isn’t a problem in the house. When a house is placed on the market in Ann Arbor, Michigan, most buyers will want a radon inspection. If an inspector does find elevated levels of radon, there is no need to panic! It doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker. Radon mitigation can solve the problem.
What is radon? It is a colorless, odorless gas that is released from many types of soil and rocks which hold ancient geological deposits of decaying uranium. Radon can seep into homes through small cracks in the foundation, crawl spaces and even the sump pump well. Any house can potentially have above-average levels of radon – it doesn’t matter if the house is new or old, well-insulated or drafty. A house doesn’t even have to have a basement to be susceptible to radon gas.
Radon is More Dangerous Than You Think
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists radon gas as a Class A carcinogen, the same as asbestos. Radon is the second-highest cause of lung cancer and causes an average of 21,000 deaths from lung cancer each year in the United States. Not everyone who breathes radon gas will develop lung cancer, but lowering the levels of radon gas through mitigation can reduce the danger.
Radon tests have been conducted throughout the United States to determine which areas had above-average radon levels. Radon is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L) and the average level in single-family detached houses is 1.3 pCi/L. Washtenaw County, where Ann Arbor, Michigan is located, is considered to be a Zone 1 (highest potential), with possible radon levels of over 4 pCi/L. Not all houses in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area will have such high levels, but radon testing and mitigation should definitely be on your “to-do” list!
Test Your Ann Arbor Michigan Home for Radon
If you are placing your house on the market in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we can provide fast, accurate radon testing. If high levels are found, we can install a radon mitigation system that will resolve the problem and give your house a passing grade from any inspector! Having a mitigation system in your house will show to potential buyers that you are a responsible homeowner, taking the time and necessary steps to make the house safer – a positive selling point for your house.
If you are a buyer and have found the perfect house, have us test it for radon before you close the deal. If we find elevated levels of radon, don’t worry! You don’t have to keep looking at other houses. Since radon is associated with soil conditions, any house in the same area of Ann Arbor, Michigan will have a likelihood of elevated radon levels. Call us and we can install a radon mitigation system that will lower the radon levels.
Be real estate savvy! Be safe! Protect your family’s health and your real estate investment. Make radon testing and mitigation part of your real estate transaction in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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