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Protect Your Norwalk Connecticut Real Estate Investment From Radon

Radon Norwalk Connecticut Real EstateA famous Connecticut resident, Mark Twain, once wrote, “If you put all your eggs in one basket, watch that basket!” A house certainly represents the largest investment most Norwalk, Connecticut families make, and it deserves watching as well. So does the health of the family living in that house. Radon gas presents a very real danger to the well-being of the occupants of a house, and can cause concern when you place that house on the real estate market. As potential problems with houses go, however, radon is one of the easiest to investigate and, if necessary, correct.

Radon is a radioactive gas that is extremely toxic. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists radon as a Class A carcinogen. The Surgeon General of the United States identifies radon as the second-leading cause of lung cancer and has established it as the cause of 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. A report by the Harvard University School of Public Health also states that radon is the greatest in-home hazard in the nation.

How Radon Can Effect Your Norwalk Connecticut Home

When naturally occurring trace deposits of uranium in the soil and rock formations undergo atomic decay, they release an odorless, colorless gas called radon. This gas can seep into houses through the foundation. Don’t make the mistake of believing that houses need to have a crawlspace or basement to be at risk for high concentrations of radon; even houses built on solid concrete slabs can be susceptible to radon build-up, usually through small cracks, spaces left for wiring, plumbing and duct access and other openings. Test surveys reveal that the average single-family house has a radon level of 1.3 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), but that number is only an average. Because radon is linked to local soil and geological conditions, the concentration levels can vary widely. In Connecticut, the tier of four southern counties, including Fairfield County, are classified as Zone 1 areas. This means that they have a likelihood of having high concentrations of radon. Tests have shown that 30% of the houses in the area around Norwalk, Connecticut have concentrations at or above 4 pCi/L. This is a concentration which the EPA considers to be an “action level,” at which they strongly recommend that homeowners take steps to lower the radon levels.

This is just an average, however. The numbers vary, even from house to house. It is not possible to predict radon levels in your house based on test results from your neighbor’s house. We are able to provide fast and accurate radon tests which will give you the information you need. If the results show that your house has high concentrations of radon, you do not need to be alarmed. We can design and install a radon mitigation system which will efficiently reduce the radon levels in your home.

Safeguard your family’s health and protect the value of your house. Test for radon.