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Old 09-24-2006, 09:11 PM
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Hi, has anyone experienced a high level of radon when purchasing a home??
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:05 AM
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Default High level in Lehigh Valley

I used to live in the Lehigh Valley. My house tested out at an astronomical level of 140 or something like that. Luckily a fan added to the existing venting pipes corrected the problem.

I think it depends on the type of soil the house is built on. My house was on mostly shale or slate.
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Old 09-25-2006, 04:32 PM
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PA has a lot of rock so radon is quite frequent. You can get a test before you buy.

Our level was a .4 over a 3 day period. Some houses have levels in the 100's, but like the previous poster said, a mitigating system should do the trick, if you still want to buy a home that tests high for radon.

Be sure to get the water tested as well.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:43 PM
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We had to have a radon mitigation system installed in our home in 1989. Kept the levels below the required .4. It's something you do not want to gamble with; have it corrected, have the system put in and check it periodically.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:52 PM
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We had it in the house we sold in Delaware county and the one we bought in Lehigh County. Mitigation is quick and easy, but you do want to know if the house you are buying has it so the sellers will pay for it.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:09 AM
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Yeah. If you buy in PA, have radon levels measured. Cost is a few hundred dollars. If radon is found, the seller pays for mitigation.

We lost a friend in MD to lung cancer which may have been caused by radon.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:19 PM
Location: Reading, PA
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I bought my first house last year, it has a mitigation system in it. Seems to be a common thing and there's no downside to having it.
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