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Buying New Home Radon Level High Need Help?

Postby rapere69 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:09 pm

I am purchasing a new home. Everything is ok but recently when the inspection of the home was done, it was found that the house has a high level of radon. In 2 days of inspection, the radon level went as high as 7pCi/L and the total average came out to be 4pCi/L. This house is 26 years old. Should I install the mitigation system to resolve the problem or should I backtrack from buying the house? Also I am not sure about whether this gas can seep through the building material and cause

health risk as this house is quite old.
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Postby Powwaw » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:13 pm

except you're paying money for the abode, it is not any longer likely which you will get financing with that top of a radon point. you in all danger won't have the flexibility to 'selfmade' as a results of fact the mortgage corporation will require a sworn fact from an authorized contractor that the equipment substitute into put in in line with suggested producer setting up training. in addition they'll require qualified radon attempting out at distinctive time and top increments. BTW, in case you purely did a 'short term try' as in the only you could purchase at your community abode progression keep - the radon is better than in all danger greater than the strip try shows. A beginning place ventilation equipment could be as low as $six hundred-$seven-hundred for a single impeller pipe with outdoors exhaust variety or as much as a number of thousand in the journey that your beginning place demands many pipe penetrations with a motorized exhaust variety equipment. i could have the present proprietor restore the undertaking beforehand of final. i could additionally ask for professional documentation as I defined above.
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Postby birkie » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:14 pm

All good answers but Joe is spot on.
Make the mitigation system a condition of purchase.
Make sure that it is working, the levels are safe and the system is maintainable over the long term before you buy.
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Postby Kaelin » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:21 pm

This is a negotiation item: you either insist on a price cut to pay for your cost of installation of a remediation system, or insist that the seller have one installed prior to closing.
Walking away from the deal is a last resort.
This sort of thing should not be a deal-breaker, though.

A 26 year old house should still be "tight" enough for radon build-up to be a health risk, so don't plan on living in the house until the remediation is in place and operating.
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Postby riagan37 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:23 pm

Zeltar gave you a great answer. ALWAYS think of your health first. Also, remember that if you buy this house you will have to reveal the radon issue to any future potential buyers( by law) and it will affect the value of the house as well as discourage many buyer when you attempt to resell it.
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Postby Del » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:30 pm

Radon levels in a home can change from day to day, and from season to season.
The Short Term tests your inspection did will not capture the highs.
You need a test that lasts 90 days or more.
For closing on a home, I'm sure that's unrealistic.

To me, this is a deal breaker.
My health is far more important than any one home.
The Radon problem will not go away because of the house, itself.
It is the soil under the house that is the issue.
So, for me, this is an easy decision.
Life comes with many obsticles.
If I have the choice of not dealing with a possible health issue, I'm going to make the safe choice.
Imagine you buy the house, and 10 years down the road, you have lung cancer.
You'll be kicking yourself for the choice you made.
No house is worth your health.
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