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Old 07-18-2007, 10:33 AM
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I just bought a home in murfreesboro and am now in the midst of getting an home inspection. Is it a neccessity to do a radon testing? Any views or opinion.

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Old 07-18-2007, 12:32 PM
 
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I just bought a home in murfreesboro and am now in the midst of getting an home inspection. Is it a neccessity to do a radon testing? Any views or opinion.

thanks
I believe it is a neccessity. Radon is widely believed to be the second leading cause of lung cancer and EPA, as well as the Surgeon General recommend testing for radon in all homes since it has been found in homes all over the United States. Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime. Not everyone exposed to elevated levels of radon will develop lung cancer, and the amount of time between exposure and the onset of the disease may be many years. On average, one out of every fifteen U.S. homes have a problem.

So yes, I would say so, particularly if you have or plan on having children.
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Old 07-18-2007, 02:08 PM
 
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Again- I've said this before, but here I go again. For some reason, there are people who become enraged over this issue. I'm not sure why, but prepare for angry responses. That said, I would never buy/live in a home, especially in this area, without a radon test.

It's easily mitigated if the levels are high, so why wouldn't you test? The seller has to fix it anyway, so there's no risk to you as a buyer. The test usually runs about $125-$150, and only take 24-48 hours.

Good luck.
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Old 07-18-2007, 02:12 PM
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Thank you for your responses. Will get that included too in the inspection
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:06 PM
 
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Hi, I think I lost the message I was posting. But my question is whether there is a statute or policy or tradition that it is the seller who treats if the buyer finds there are high radon levels in the inspection. You had mentioned in your response to another buying a home. Thank you.
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:19 PM
 
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Hi, I think I lost the message I was posting. But my question is whether there is a statute or policy or tradition that it is the seller who treats if the buyer finds there are high radon levels in the inspection. You had mentioned in your response to another buying a home. Thank you.
It is not a policy nor a statute. It is generally expected/accepted that if high radon levels(higher than 4.0) are found in the house by a certified radon inspector then it is the sellers responsibility to correct through radon mitigation. The cost of mitigation in this area is usually about $1000 to $1500 depending on the size/structure of the house. It could be higher for a much larger house than average.
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Old 11-16-2007, 10:45 PM
 
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It is not a policy nor a statute. It is generally expected/accepted that if high radon levels(higher than 4.0) are found in the house by a certified radon inspector then it is the sellers responsibility to correct through radon mitigation. The cost of mitigation in this area is usually about $1000 to $1500 depending on the size/structure of the house. It could be higher for a much larger house than average.
How big of a problem is it. Is it common or just an odd house here and there. It was big news for a while and then faded. Is it a real problem there or not?
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Old 11-17-2007, 04:42 AM
 
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Middle TN has higher radon levels than most of the country because of all of the limestone. The EPA has some extensive information on radon. Just google EPA and radon and you can get most all of the information you need.
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:17 PM
 
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Middle TN has higher radon levels than most of the country because of all of the limestone. The EPA has some extensive information on radon. Just google EPA and radon and you can get most all of the information you need.
Thanks, I will be sure to add that to any inspection I have dome.
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Old 11-18-2007, 07:02 AM
 
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Here's a website put together by a group of lung cancer survivors. They all were non-smokers, but all had lived with high levels of radon gas in their homes.

Some might enjoy reading there perspective on the matter.

CanSAR | Cancer Survivors Against Radon
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