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Old 09-26-2015, 05:07 PM
 
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Just had a radon test done on a home that we are hoping to buy and the levels in the basement came in at 40, which is 10 times the EPA recommended limit!!! What would you do? Get the sellers to install a radon mitigation system? Or walk away?

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Old 09-26-2015, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Summerville SC Historic District
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I don't know where you're looking, but all throughout the Hudson Valley there's radon. It's what comes with being built on the rock there. It's in the ground.
Very few homes have systems in place to mitigate the problem. If you like the house, I'd say take care of your concerns once moving in.
If you decide to move on to another house in the same area because of your concern, the odds are you'll come across the same problem.

So in answer to your question... No to making your seller install a system. No.

I went through this about 15 years ago, when a buyer in contract pulled the radon thing, and I sold to someone else.
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Old 09-26-2015, 07:51 PM
 
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It's hardly a matter of "pulling the radon thing." 10 times the EPA limit is significant/more than your average elevated radon amounts. And it is a health concern. Knowing that this home tested that high, the sellers would be legally obligated to disclose these levels to any future prospective home buyers. Our current house had high water radon levels and it was up to us, the sellers to correct since it is a potential health hazard.
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Old 09-26-2015, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Summerville SC Historic District
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It's hardly a matter of "pulling the radon thing." 10 times the EPA limit is significant/more than your average elevated radon amounts. And it is a health concern. Knowing that this home tested that high, the sellers would be legally obligated to disclose these levels to any future prospective home buyers. Our current house had high water radon levels and it was up to us, the sellers to correct since it is a potential health hazard.
Make sure before you sign a contract the house has a gluten detector, too.
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Old 09-27-2015, 04:58 AM
 
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You are a class act, MinkeyM. And apparently the EPA guidelines are ridiculous too, right?

So I take it you never disclosed your known radon problem to your buyers.
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Old 09-27-2015, 08:13 AM
 
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If you like the house, then ask the sellers to install a radon mitigation system. Radon gas is estimated to kill 20,000 Americans per year. Do not buy the house if the sellers refuse.
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Old 09-27-2015, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Summerville SC Historic District
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You are a class act, MinkeyM. And apparently the EPA guidelines are ridiculous too, right?

So I take it you never disclosed your known radon problem to your buyers.
No, I had no known radon problems.
I had litigious potential buyers who forced me to be shut in my house with their multiple radon detectors in my basement, in July, in 90+ degree weather, with all windows shut for days as a requirement. After three of days of pure torture, I told them to go to hell, and sold to someone else who never even brought the issue up.

I don't know how much radon was there. Whatever it was 15 years ago, it's probably the same now.

Homes in the Hudson Valley have radon. Buy at your own risk, and with knowledge of this.

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