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Old 01-12-2013, 10:52 AM
 
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Hi,

We have put in an accepted offer on a home and just had a radon test done on both air and water. The air radon test came back perfect. However, the radon in the water was high (over 5100, when the accceptible limit is 5000). What would you do? Is this a deal breaker? How does this get mitigated/remediated, and how expensive is that? We are new to the area and are not experienced with radon. Thanks!
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:21 AM
 
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Im assuming this is well water.

I would have the current owners do the remediation, that way you dont need to worry about it. Write it into the contract.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:18 PM
 
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Yes, it is well water. Is remediation something that is done once, or is it something ongoing that needs to be done? Has anyone else on this forum been in this situation?
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:19 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Lots of info and more links here :
Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction | Radon | US EPA
scroll down to the section titled "Radon in Water"

This is from http://www.wpb-radon.com/radon_in_wa...formation.html

"Radon can be removed from household water with charcoal filtration or aeration. An aeration system will remove greater than 99% of the radon but the cost is about $3800. A single charcoal system can remove up to 85% of the radon in water and costs about a $950. A double charcoal system can remove up to 95% of the radon and costs about $1450."

Last edited by reed303; 01-12-2013 at 12:26 PM.. Reason: more info
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:09 PM
 
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Thank you so much. This is very helpful info.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Central, CT
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You can check with water department in your area to see if city water is available on your street, could build confidence in your buying the home. If you're pulling a mortgage the bank will require it to be addressed beforehand (in most cases) so that'll mean a professional system and a passing test. We had radon in the basement, the builder had to put in the mitigation before the bank would close.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:26 PM
 
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My daughter just bought a house with the same problem. She had the sellers put in a system to correct the problem. Radon is very common in this area.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Danbury, CT
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Ask the Seller to pay for it and make sure it's written into the contract. They don't have to, but they probably should because now it's a known issue that they have to legally disclose going forward and some Buyers just don't want to deal with it. One of my girlfriends said she'd never buy a home with radon, even with a mitigation system installed. Most people don't mind, though, and see a home with a mitigation system as a benefit.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:46 PM
 
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Have your realtor email the seller's realtor indicating the results of the radon test, and indicate that the seller's should fix the problem in order for the sale to continue. You'll want to provide them with a copy of the report that shows the high radon results. After they fix the problem, they should then have the water retested and provide you with the results (at their expense). This will all take more than a day or two, so hopefully you and the seller don't mind. We went through something similiar, and as long as the seller does what they should, it's not a problem.
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