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Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Real Estate Market Effected By Radon

When placing a house up for sale in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania real estate market, you can expect that the area’s high rate of in-house radon levels may become an issue. Potential house buyers often ask about radon levels and it is obviously best to have the information ready for them. The issue of radon does not need to derail the sale of a house, however, since radon is a potential problem that can easily be identified and, if necessary, effectively managed.

Radon Kills 21,000 A Year

Radon Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Real EstateAs an odorless and colorless radioactive gas, radon can cause a great deal of nervousness in homeowners and potential house buyers. Radon is very dangerous, so toxic that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has placed it on the list of Class A carcinogens, on part with such materials as asbestos, arsenic and benzene. The Surgeon General has determined that it is the second-highest cause of lung cancer and is the cause of 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. A study by the Harvard University School of Public Health describes radon as the “no. 1 in-house hazard” in the United States.

Radon is emitted by naturally occurring trace deposits of uranium in the soil and in rock formations. As the uranium undergoes atomic decay, radon is released and percolates through the soil. It enters houses through such spaces in the foundation as cracks and built-in access spaces for plumbing, wiring and duct work. It is not true that radon cannot enter houses built on concrete slabs; new houses are also just as susceptible as older ones. Almost every house has some radon present, and test surveys have shown that the average level in single-family houses is 1.3 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L).

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania May Be at a Higher Risk of Radon Exposure

Approximately two-thirds of Pennsylvania is rated as a Zone 1 region for radon. This means that houses in this zone have a strong likelihood of testing at or above 4 pCi/L. That concentration is treated by the EPA as an “action level,” which means they strongly recommend that some action be taken in those houses to reduce the level of radon. Houses in and around Pittsburgh have an average radon level of 6.8 pCi/L and 43% of the houses test at or above 4 pCi/L.

These figures are only averages. Actual levels in any given house may differ greatly from the average. The only way to determine the level of radon in your house is to have it tested. We can provide fact and accurate testing, which will give you important information for further action. If the result of this test shows that your house does have high concentrations of radon, you do not have to be alarmed. We are able to help by designing and installing a radon mitigation system in your house to help lower the concentration of radon. This not only safeguards your family’s health, but is a positive selling point for the house.