possibly... David Artigliere, an Active Rain Blogger and Home Inspector serving the Reading PA area, shared this great information about Radon. In the coming years, we will be hearing much more about Radon gas in Canada. As our homes are becoming more airtight, Radon will become more of an issue.
If you are interested in buying a home in Alliston, Beeton or Tottenham or elsewhere in New Tecumseth, call me, Chris Smith, @ 1.866.936.3500 for information and assistance in achieving your real estate goals.
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Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas and is found at high levels in every state in the U.S. It comes into your home from the surrounding soil and can even contaminate well water. Radon can get into any type of building- homes, offices, and schools, with and without basements- and build up to high levels.
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The Surgeon General even has it listed as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., next to cigarette smoking. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General have strongly recommended that all residences (except those above the second floor in multi-level buildings) be tested for radon.
When a client called me last week for a home inspection in Reading, PA, they wondered, "Can a 2nd Floor Condo have Radon?" I told them it was possible and the only way to find out is with a radon test.
Luckily it's easy and inexpensive to test for radon. You can buy a kit and do-it-yourself for $20 or even get a free kit in some places. For the purposes of a real estate transaction in PA, however, you need a certified radon tester to handle the test and that typically costs anywhere from $100 to $150.
Buyers often make their agreement of sale contingent on whether the test passes or fails. In this particular case, the buyers did elect a contingency for radon testing and elected to have the condo tested.
I placed the canisters during the home inspection and came back to pick them up 48 hours later. The test results showed the radon level at 7.9 pCi/L. The EPA recommends that any home with levels at 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) and above be remediated to bring the levels below 4.0 pCi/L. The levels for this second floor condo were almost double!
Unfortunately, these test results also opened up a other issues.
First, if this second floor condo has high levels, that means the neighboring units on that second floor will probably test high as well. It also means the units on the first floor are likely to be much higher than 7.9 pCi/L. This two story building houses a few dozen units!
Second, when you own a "condo", you own that unit. The common elements of the building, however, such as lobbies, hallway, structural elements, etc are owned by the condo corporation and shared among the unit owners. How easily the seller of this second floor condo can remediate for high levels of radon is a good question!
This will certainly be something the condo corporation will have to resolve.
So if you are looking to purchase a condo and wondering, "can a second floor condo have radon?", the answer is- yes, it's possible! The safest thing to do is have the condo tested prior to purchasing it.
David Artigliere with ARTI Home Inspections LLC is a professional home inspector in Reading, Norristown, Pottstown & surrounding.
He is a certified radon tester as well.
Contact him 7 days a week by calling
(610) 220-1907 or visit his website at: www.artihomeinspections.com.
Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage