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Lansing Michigan Effected By Radon Gas

Radon Lansing Michigan Real EstateFor several decades, radon gas has been identified as a major health risk in the home. If you are buying or selling a house in Lansing, Michigan, you should be aware of the radon levels of a house being placed on the market to protect your family’s health and to protect a major financial investment. There is no need to panic over the issue of radon, but information and a plan on how to test for radon deal with potential problems through radon mitigation can only be of benefit to you.

Radon is a radioactive gas that is created by the decay of naturally occurring geological deposits of uranium. It is colorless and odorless and can be found in soil and rocks throughout the country, although it is more prevalent in some areas. It can enter houses through small cracks in the foundation, plumbing and wiring access, sump pump wells and other points of access. A house does not need to have a basement to have a radon problem, and new houses are just as likely to have high radon levels as older ones. Radon gas is measured in units of picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), and studies of houses have shown that the average level of radon in single-family detached houses is 1.3 pCi/L.

Harvard University Recognizes the Issue of Radon

A study by the Harvard University School of Public Health has ranked radon as the greatest in-home hazard and associates it with an increased risk of lung cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified levels of 4 pCi/L or above as being the “action level” for radon gas; at this level, homeowners should have radon mitigation systems activated in their house.

Lansing Michigan May Be at a Higher Risk of Radon

Ingham County, in which Lansing, Michigan is located, is one of a group of counties in south-central Michigan which have soil conditions which allow a higher than average level of radon gas to be emitted. Sampling tests have shown that 23% of the houses in Lansing, Michigan and the surrounding area have radon levels at or greater than 4 pCi/L. Not every house in this area will have these high levels of radon, but how do you know if the house you are selling or the one you are considering buying is one of them? The only solution is to test the house for radon. We can provide a fast, accurate test for radon, to give you the information you need to make a decision. If the results show that the house does have elevated levels of radon, there is no need to panic or to think that the house cannot be occupied. Radon levels can be lowered and, in any case, the soil conditions at another house in the area may be the same. Instead, call on us to design and install a radon mitigation system. We have the skills and experience to do the work efficiently and quickly for your radon needs.