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Old 10-29-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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I am in the process of buying a condo and the radon tested high (8 - should be below 4). The seller has agreed to pay for having a mitigation unit installed, as well as have the hvac serviced and a toilet resealed. She has done the hvac and toilet but I haven't heard about the radon. I asked my realtor to ask the sellers realtor about the status of the radon unit. She hasn't heard back.

My closing date isn't until mid December but wanted to possibly have the radon rechecked (on my dime of course) before the closing. Sound unreasonable? I am just getting paranoid that they are going to push getting the radon thing installed to the closing date so I don't have the chance to do so. Maybe their worried it won't reduce the radon levels?

What would you do?
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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settle for the money and not do the radon work
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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Is this a ground floor unit? My house tested high for radon during the inspection phase but I wasn't using the basement at the time so I got a bit off the price. Real mitigation has to be done by someone (engineer) certified in that field. If you are told it was done, ask for the report and note who did it. In my case, when I finished off the basement, they had to put a french drain type system throughout before the floor was poured. It leads to a pipe in the euipment room that has a fan and vents to the roof.

I really don't know what kind of mitigation can be done in a condo for levels that high. You need to contact a mitigation specialist yourself to ask questions.
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:29 AM
 
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it's a three-story townhouse style condo unit - the radon measurements were done in teh basement, which is partially finished.
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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it's a three-story townhouse style condo unit - the radon measurements were done in teh basement, which is partially finished.

Out here the radon companies can be out a couple of weeks. If you aren't closing for another two months, I wouldn't be worried at this point.
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Out here the radon companies can be out a couple of weeks. If you aren't closing for another two months, I wouldn't be worried at this point.
Right.

And with a condo, it may be the condo association who is handling the mitigation.
So the process may not proceed as quickly as you want.
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Old 03-27-2018, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah area
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I am in the process of buying a condo and the radon tested high (8 - should be below 4). The seller has agreed to pay for having a mitigation unit installed, as well as have the hvac serviced and a toilet resealed. She has done the hvac and toilet but I haven't heard about the radon. I asked my realtor to ask the sellers realtor about the status of the radon unit. She hasn't heard back.

My closing date isn't until mid December but wanted to possibly have the radon rechecked (on my dime of course) before the closing. Sound unreasonable? I am just getting paranoid that they are going to push getting the radon thing installed to the closing date so I don't have the chance to do so. Maybe their worried it won't reduce the radon levels?

What would you do?
Recent studies, since 2010, indicate the old linear no threshold models are not accurate in determining the risks. These studies, and an EPA study in 2003, state little to no risk at levels from 100 rem to 1000 rem above background radiation. This would put the pCi/L levels up to a maximum of about 10 pCi/L. While 8 is on the high side, it is your own peace of mind that should prevail. Personally, I'd be okay with that. The risk for 70 years of exposure at those levels (4-8 pCi/L) would be the difference between 0.41% and 0.91%. I'm older, any damage I have is done. In Utah the background levels are about 2.5 to 3 pCi/L. Sealing the cracks in the basement and installing a ceiling fan would significantly reduce the levels.

I am definitely NOT saying there is no risk of lung cancer. If you are a smoker or live with a smoker, or have other respiratory issues, you are at a higher risk. Get both sides of the story. Mitigation and testing companies typically, not always, only give you the side that promotes their business.
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Old 03-27-2018, 06:02 PM
 
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OP was in 2011 so she probably did something by now.
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