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Old 09-15-2012, 06:00 AM
 
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We are in the early stages of building a home in Murphy. I saw an article a few months ago in a magazine re: radon/radon testing. Is radon an issue in Murphy? Anyone have any first hand experience? Thanks for your help.
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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We are in the early stages of building a home in Murphy. I saw an article a few months ago in a magazine re: radon/radon testing. Is radon an issue in Murphy? Anyone have any first hand experience? Thanks for your help.

Radon testing is always recommended in the mountains ... radon can be an issue anywhere in western NC; and if you have a well, have your well water tested for radon as well. Have your builder recommend a licensed local radon inspector.
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Default NC Radon Program

Generally speaking, Cherokee county is one of the radon hot spots in the state, but there's no way to tell for sure without testing.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - http://www.ncradon.org/

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Old 09-16-2012, 10:56 AM
 
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Thank you both for your input. We thought you had to test before building began, went to Lowes and bought DIY kit, then heard that you don't test until the house is done, because excavation can cause changes in soil/gases, etc. So we were confused. Blessings!
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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Thank you both for your input. We thought you had to test before building began, went to Lowes and bought DIY kit, then heard that you don't test until the house is done, because excavation can cause changes in soil/gases, etc. So we were confused. Blessings!

Where is your builder on all this ? out to lunch? He, or the excavator, should have advised you. Also, in NC the ground has to be treated for termites before construction. Most of the town clerk's offices in the various counties have a booklet entitled "What you Need to Know to Build in the Mountains". [or similar title]
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Murphy NC
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I was freaking about about the radon issue too, when we bought, but our inspector ran the test and we came out fine. Good luck with your build.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:03 AM
 
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Radon inspections are not code here, per the building inspection dept. We will probably have our home tested once it is built. Thanks again for all of your help. Blessings!
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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Radon inspections are not code here, per the building inspection dept. We will probably have our home tested once it is built. Thanks again for all of your help. Blessings!

Probably ?

You cannot have it tested anyways, until after it is built. Building a new home is fun ! Best of luck.
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Sequim, WA
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If you have a builder familiar with radon (and it just seems any builder in that area would be), I would ask how much it would cost to just go ahead and have a radon mitigation system built into the house. If I were building there, that is exactly what I would do. Here in New Mexico where radon can be a problem some builders now include that. IMO, up front, at the time of construction, it's a simple, inexpensive thing to do.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:22 AM
 
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Sorry, QuilterChick, I should have said we are testing once house is built. And, yes, mrgoodwx, we decided to put in the radon mitigation system during the build so it would be less expensive. Think we're all on the same page now. Thanks again. We are loving the weather up here. Blessings!
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