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Old 04-23-2017, 06:42 PM
 
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We are looking to buy a home but apparently the radon levels were high. I've heard the radon levels are high in Pennsylvania or in York? We are looking in northeast York. Can anyone provide some insight on this? We currently live in Btimore but I am wine worried about making the move with my family to York county.

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Old 04-27-2017, 02:46 PM
 
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Yes, it is prevalent here. You need a mitigation system. Usually the seller needs to install it.
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:32 PM
 
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This is absolutely normal. Like toobirdies said, they usually install some kind of radon system that vents the radon outside of the home.
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Old 04-30-2017, 10:58 AM
 
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Had a guy come by and he and his team laid more plastic down this time sealing around all the cinder blocks and inserted a flat air evacuation system under the plastic which connected to a fan outside and is vented out above the roof. He charged me about $2000 for the job.

I went from 24 on the radon meter to 1.4, I can set my humidity in the crawlspace to whatever I want (typically 50%) without excessive crawlspace heat. The house now has no musty odors and is very comfortable.

Good luck in your situation.
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Old 05-04-2017, 09:00 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. The seller is installing it so closing got pushed back a little. I'm still a bit worried especially since we have young kids. Where is this system usually installed? How do I know if it's on or working? Does it need maintenance? I'm also thinking abt family moving to the area with renting an apartment. Should I worry about them there? Northeast York
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Old 05-06-2017, 12:07 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. The seller is installing it so closing got pushed back a little. I'm still a bit worried especially since we have young kids. Where is this system usually installed? How do I know if it's on or working? Does it need maintenance? I'm also thinking abt family moving to the area with renting an apartment. Should I worry about them there? Northeast York
Oh my goodness, bless your heart. Please read this on radon. Do you really think an apartment is going to be exempt from radon where a house wouldn't? Radon is from the ground, not the building (apartment vs house). This is normal, especially in the area.

Once the mitigation system is installed the levels can be tested again and checked. Also, my interpretation of radon is that it is emitted from the ground. So, consider if you are going to have a basement in your new home. If so, will there be a bedroom in that basement or will there be a lot of time in the basement? Or will the bedrooms be on the top floor of the house? Where people spend a lot of time is important.

Systems are usually installed in basements with vents in attics. As far as maintenance that depends on the unit but there is normally very little to no maintenance. Again, this will depends on the house - I am not a radon expert, just know about them from personal and professional experience.

Good luck to you.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:34 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. The seller is installing it so closing got pushed back a little. I'm still a bit worried especially since we have young kids. Where is this system usually installed? How do I know if it's on or working? Does it need maintenance? I'm also thinking abt family moving to the area with renting an apartment. Should I worry about them there? Northeast York
The way you know it's working is to test again. DIY radon test kits are not the expensive and from what I've read, radon is one of the easier air quality problems to mitigate.
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Old 05-22-2017, 04:32 PM
 
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The system will work, if you're nervous about it, have it tested every 6 months (easy test). Contact the installer if you have questions about maintenance (this information should be provided to you at closing, make sure your realtor gets it from the seller). In the 23 years that we lived in our home in Central PA we were always below .4 with the mitigation system and the fan quit working 1 x and had to be replaced.
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Old 05-23-2017, 06:03 PM
 
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What can I say to my family that might move to PA? Is there any area of York that is safer? Can an apartment bed tested?
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Old 05-24-2017, 05:01 AM
 
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What can I say to my family that might move to PA? Is there any area of York that is safer? Can an apartment bed tested?
Any home can have high radon levels - even homes in low radon areas. I understand your worry. I worry a huge amount about health issues and looking for a home has been challenging for me. Radon is an easy to fix problem, though. I'd find something else to worry about! Are you still looking at this home or just asking in general now? Most homes have some problems. You're lucky if the only problem here is an easy to fix one.
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