With spring finally making its appearance in Chicago, real estate agents are in full swing and that means radon testing. I’ve heard a peculiar comment from a number of agents. “Radon isn’t high in Chicago,” I am told. “I can’t understand why the buyers are even wasting their money on radon testing.” Please know this
I recently attended a conference to expand my knowledge of radon. What I learned was not only informative but also a bit alarming. As we mentioned in previous blogs, radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Because there has been such an emphasis on the smoking aspect of lung cancer, radon’s contribution to this has often been overlooked. This is a shame because testing and mitigation systems can greatly reduce your chances of this major disease. Consider these statistics from the EPA’s website.
Just as I thought that I would have my hands full with the issues in my attic, I was forced to contend with another issue – radon! As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, we want the radon levels in our home to be under 4.0 pCi/L. I have tested the levels in
In my recent blogs, I have written in some detail about radon and how it can affect your health. But just recently, I had a call from my brother who was concerned about the possibility of radon in his home. When talking with a next door neighbor who was selling his home, he discovered that
One of the happiest days of one’s life can be when you purchase your first house (or upgrade to an even better one)!! But let’s face it, there are several things to worry about before the big moving day. In addition to all the paperwork, we practice due diligence and hire a home inspector. And
“So what exactly is radon? Is that bad for you?” I was asked these questions recently and it struck me how little the general public seems to know about this insidious gas. In my experience, there is a greater understanding of radon today then there was roughly 20 years ago. However, I believe that there
With each passing year, the general public becomes more and more aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) issues. I thought it was because of my educational outreach efforts. Come to find out… people are more aware because of The Simpsons! I found over 20 indoor air quality related quotes from Simpsons episodes using the new website Frinkiac.com.
Now that spring is right around the corner, we have been receiving a lot of phone calls about environmental inspections and testing prior to purchasing a new property. Some people have a general idea of things they want checked out per recommendations of their traditional home inspector. Examples include potential mold in an attic or