Radon in Kentucky can be a Problem
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. In Kentucky, around 42% of our untreated homes will have levels above the EPA action level of 4.0 pico curies per liter of air. In Louisville KY (Jefferson County), the Radon level increases to over 60%. The levels of Radon Gas depend on the type of soil and rock structure beneath our homes. The Radon levels vary across counties and will vary from house to house in the same neighborhood. Fortunately, it is usually easily mitigated by a Radon Professional. Costs will generally run $800-$1,000 and should include a follow up test showing the radon mitigation system is doing its job.
In general, the longer the test the better and more accurate the tests will be. On most real estate transactions in Louisville, we receive a 48-hour test. The Hollinden Team prefers a written report with results posted hourly. This gives us the average that we need to form a decision and often a graph to see how wide the results swing.
On the seller’s disclosure form, the sellers are asked if there has been any testing for Radon gas. If so, what were the results? If the home inspection results show a high level of Radon gas, the buyers most often will ask the sellers to install a Radon mitigation system. The sellers have the right to refuse; but it is now a Catch-22 situation. Let’s say the deal falls through. Since the sellers now know of a Radon Test being performed, they need to post a new home Seller’s disclosure with the tested results. This is certainly a red flag to the next prospective buyer.
The Kentucky Association of Radon Professionals is active in KY and helps homeowners make informed decisions about Radon. They have produced a Consumer Guide to Radon Reduction in KY PDF file which is very informative.
It can be very confusing to know what the Radon numbers actually mean. The Kentucky Association of Radon Professionals have made a chart comparing Radon exposure to smoking cigarettes and chest x-rays. In KY, we have a high percentage of cigarette smokers. Radon gas can contribute to lung problems.
The EPA has also quite a bit of information about Radon and have made a booklet on the Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon. This is even more unbiased information on the dangers of Radon Gas. The EPA has also produced a booklet on A Citizen’s Guide to Radon. The Hollinden Team thinks that the informed consumer is the best.
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