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Protect Your West Hartford Connecticut Real Estate From Radon

A house is usually the single largest financial investment an American family makes. When placing a house on the real estate market in West Hartford, Connecticut, a great deal of the family’s financial well-being depends upon the outcome. In the case of radon levels in the home, much more than finances are at risk: The health of the family can be adversely affected by high levels of radon. Fortunately, radon levels are a challenge that can be controlled with testing and, when necessary, mitigation to reduce the levels.

Radon Kills 21,000 A Year

Radon is a radioactive gas that is created by natural deposits of uranium in the soil and rocks of a region. It cannot be seen or smelled, but it can have profound effects on human health. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed it as a Class A carcinogen, on the same level as arsenic and asbestos. The Surgeon General of the United States has established that it is the second-greatest cause of lung cancer and is responsible for 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. A study by the Harvard University School of Public Health even states that radon is the single most in-house hazard in American homes.

West Hartford Connecticut May Be at a Greater Risk of Radon

Radon West Hartford Connecticut Real EstateSince the source of radon is the ground, it seeps into houses through the foundation. Despite the mistaken belief that only houses with crawl spaces or basements are in danger, even houses build on solid concrete slabs can have high radon counts. Studies of radon tests have shown that the average level of radon in single-family houses is 1.3 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). That figure is an average, however; local conditions can vary a great deal. Radon tests in the West Hartford, Connecticut area show that 18% of the houses have radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L. This is a concentration of radon that the EPA considers to be an “action level,” meaning that they strongly recommend taking steps to lower the levels.

Even that figure is an average. Conditions can vary even from house to house, so you cannot determine the radon level in your home in West Hartford, Connecticut without testing it. We can provide fast, accurate tests to provide you with the information you need in order to make important decisions. Even if the test results show elevated concentrations of radon in your house, there is no need to panic. We can design and install a radon mitigation system in your house to bring the radon levels down to a safer level. Simply caulking or re-sealing the foundation of your house is not an effective treatment. (As an added benefit, though, it has been found that a radon mitigation system can reduce levels of mold and mildew as well.) Taking positive steps to address radon levels is also a good selling point for your house as well as protecting your family’s health.