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Real Estate Market In Lexington Kentucky Weary Of Radon

When placing a house for sale in Lexington, Kentucky, there are many details that have to be dealt with. In all the activity associated with a real estate transaction, there is one which should not be lost in the shuffle: Radon. It has been known for decades that radon gas is a threat to human health, and high levels in homes is considered to be a serious public health hazard. Many home buyers in Lexington, Kentucky are now asking about radon levels before they make an offer on a house. The good news is that, of all potential problems a house may have, its radon level is one of the most easily determined and, if necessary, easy to mitigate.

You Will Not Know if You are Buying or Selling a Radon Infested Home Without a Test

Radon Lexington Kentucky Real EstateRadon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas. It is a by-product of the atomic decay of naturally occurring trace deposits of uranium in the soil and rocks. Over time, it seeps into houses through small cracks in the foundation, wiring, electrical or duct entry spaces, sump pump wells and other access routes. Despite popular belief, a house built on a solid concrete slab is just as likely to have above-average radon levels as a house with a crawl space or basement, and new houses are as susceptible as older ones. Test surveys have shown that the average radon level in a single-family stand-alone house is 1.3 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L).

Because it is a radioactive gas, radon can cause health problems if inhaled. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has placed radon on the list of Class A carcinogens, alongside asbestos, arsenic and benzene in gasoline. The EPA has also established radon to be the second-highest cause of lung cancer, accounting for 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year.

Lexington Kentucky May Be at a Greater Risk of Radon

Since radon is linked to the geology of a region, some areas are more likely to have higher rates of radon than others. In Kentucky, a wide band of relatively uranium-rich rock stretches north-south through the center of the state, from Tennessee to the Ohio/Indiana state lines. Fayette County, which includes Lexington, Kentucky, lies in the center of this band. Test surveys have shown that the average concentration of radon in homes is 8.3 pCi/L and that 56% of the houses in Lexington, Kentucky have radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L. This concentration is considered by the EPA to be an “action level,” at which they strongly recommend radon mitigation systems to be installed.

Not all houses in Lexington will have radon levels this high, but the only way to be sure is to have a test done. We can provide fast, accurate tests to provide the information you will need to make decisions about your house. If the results do show high concentrations of radon, we can work with you to design and install a radon mitigation system to reduce the radon levels.