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Unread 01-12-2009, 03:33 PM
 
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Default Would you buy a house with a radon issue?

Would you personally buy a home with a known radon issue if the issue had been remediated?

My gut tells me to walk away, but I just don't know enough at this point. I am off to do research. Any additional help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
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Unread 01-12-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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I would have NO problem with it.

This is not a new topic here....

The problem with this as well as many other "red herrings" is that many many people have quickly jumped on the band wagon and are making a lot of money with what I call a pseduo-scientific scam.

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Unread 01-12-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Few will agree with me because they are so brainwashed by what the media tells them. And I will get plenty of hate mail for this but I know Im right.

Radon is the biggest scam since the global warming scam. It is however making a lot of people wealthy in the radon belt of the north east. Those radon remediation pumps cost $5000 or more. A properly built newer home will have a thick mill plastic vapor barrier under the home slab or basement slab. So if there were gas below you and rising to the surface it would not penetrate the barrier. It would just pass under and to the slab perimeter and dispurse harmlessly out the sides outside your home.

But all homes in the radon belts are not mortgageable with out the radon test to show if it is below 4 pC/L huh? So you want to buy a home. One contingency is in order to get a mortgage your home must pass the radon test. You or the seller purchase the canister and place it in your basement. When everyone leaves the seller takes the canister and places it outside. The day of your appt when you go in your potential new home with your home inspector, you dont know it but the seller just put the canister back in the basement an hour before you got there. Guess what? Instant zero radon reading.

Everyone cheats the test. There is no way of getting an honest test unless you the buyer sit in the sellers home for 2 weeks to make sure it is not disturbed.

Any home newer then a dozen years or so you will not have any radon worries. If some one wants to worry about breathing in dangerous air then stop smoking. Dont use bleach in your house. Those are just for starters.
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Unread 01-12-2009, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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PMW2 - Ignore what Desertsun posted, he is wrong on about 100% of what he said, oh wait, make that maybe 99%, I think he spelled his own name right.

Anyway, to answer your post. A home that has been mitigated is actually better than one that has a radon level that is just below the "action level", since it will be much lower with the system running.

I got my radon certification (meaning a 40 hour class and a very long exam) in 1993. I have been a professional home inspector since 1989. I do know more than a little about this subject.
Obviously a LOT more than some others.

I would not hesitate buying a house with a mitigation system installed.
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Unread 01-12-2009, 08:51 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley
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Probably. In my area there are some sections which are built on old gravel bars that have a big radon problem. I'd certainly look into any paperwork behind the radon mitigation and see what was done, when, by whom, and if it was inspected. And then I'd hire a house inspector familiar with the issue and the area to tell me what he thought.

If it all checked out, I'd buy it.
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Unread 01-12-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA... where the nest is now empty!
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Would you personally buy a home with a known radon issue if the issue had been remediated?

quite simply, yes.
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Unread 01-12-2009, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Yup. And I'd light up a cigar in the basement too. And drink a beer.
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Unread 01-13-2009, 07:58 AM
 
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Default Not that old killer radon again..........

Everybody know this stuff will kill you dead flat. Just one lil whiff and you are a goner.

Exceed that holy limit of 4 pC/L and your privates will shivel up and fall off.

Consider this:

Did you know radon can be used as a medical therapy. Peeps are getting massive doses by design. Why are they not dead in a week. Talking levels of 3600 and above. Four mines in Montana using this deadly stuff, peeps are getting rich peddling killer gas. Massive exposures in Europe turning brains to mush.


http://www.radonmine.com/pdf/radonandhealth.pdf

Also very high levels of radon occur in nature and everybody is exposed, there is no escape. They get to eat in it, get to sleep in it, get to make love in it. When atmospheric inversions occur in all these areas that have a lot of free radon escaping from the earth, the entire atmosphere at ground level can have extremely high levels of radon, it happens all the time. Just that nobody knows it. This happened all the time when I was in Idaho. Should not my privates have fallen off??? Help, I've been exposed to killer gas and the government was involved.

This same thing happened when they were testing atomic weapons in the atmosphere. Everybody was living in a soup of rad's that exceeded the levels allowed. That stuff could enter the food chain, radon does not enter the food chain.

If radon is any type of a hazard in a practical sense it should be classified as a soft Beta emitter. For the record there are a zillion materials in this category, a lot of them you actually eat. Shouldn't we all be dead?

I know the solution, we will ban food.

I still need some "Expert" to explain to me why everybody is not dead. We are exposed to so many dangerous things, including nuts with loaded guns, water that is loaded with bad things. Everything around us is radioactive, our own bodies are radioactive. Please run from yourself quick.

I need to take a course to get qualified on killer gas. I love DesertSun's solution to the problem. Just move the lil thingee from the bad area into a clean area. I just wish I could find a "Clean Area" free of everything that will kill me. It is all relative my dear.
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Unread 01-13-2009, 09:01 AM
 
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I would have no issues at all.
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Unread 01-13-2009, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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My only concern would be if the pump was noisy. Radon doesn't scare me in the least -- for cryin' out loud I was probably exposed to billions of particles while growing up and playing house and everything else in a New England basement, and I'm still here with all my faculties and body parts.
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