Services for Realtors – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Real Estate Of Grand Rapids Michigan May Contain Radon

Among the many concerns associated with buying and selling a house in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the issue of radon and radon mitigation should be kept firmly in mind. Radon, an odorless and colorless radioactive gas, is listed as a Class A carcinogen (a group which also includes asbestos) and has been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer. There are also some indications that may associate it with higher incidence of leukemia. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Harvard University’s School of Public Health and the National Research Council all conclude that radon is an environmental hazard in many homes.

Grand Rapids Michigan Home Buyers May Need to Be Extra Cautious of Radon

Radon Grand Rapids Michigan Real EstateRadon is a gas emitted by decaying uranium, found naturally in rocks and soil across the United States. It can seep into houses through small cracks and openings in house foundations, crawl spaces and sump pump wells. It can be found in newer houses, as well as older structures. Measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), EPA has determined that the average rate of radon is 1.3 pCi/L in the U.S. However, Kent County, Michigan, which includes Grand Rapids, is one of a tier of counties across the south-central portion of the state which show higher than average rates of radon in houses. Approximately 44% of the houses tested in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area have shown radon rates at or above 2 pCi/L, including 17% of the houses testing at or above 4 pCi/L (which EPA considers to be a threshold for concern). Although this does not mean that every house in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area has high radon levels, these rates indicate that houses in this region should be tested.

If you are placing a house on the market, or if you are considering buying a house in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, you should consider having the house tested. We can provide a fast, accurate test for you. If the results show a high concentration of radon, there is no need to panic or to conclude that you have to look at other houses; any house in the same area will have as strong a likelihood of showing similar high levels of radon. Instead, you should take steps to correct the condition. We have the expertise to provide effective radon mitigation systems in the house, to reduce and control the radon.

Let Home Buyers Know They Are Breathing Radon Free

When house sellers test for radon and, when necessary, install radon mitigation systems, it indicates to potential buyers that the owners are responsible home owners. Buyers who make the effort to check on radon levels in a house they are considering to purchase show for the safety and long-term health of their family. Remember that radon rates can be mitigated. Be concerned, certainly, but you can also act to correct the situation by contacting us for radon testing and mitigation systems in houses in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.