News about Radon and home safety
Many folks know a little about Radon, but there's more.
It's common to have Radon checked at the time of purchase.
But if you didn't buy recently, you may not know your own home's Radon reading.
Radon is a radioactive gas, found naturally in the earth's crust. It finds its way up through cracks in the ground and can enter and pollute a home's air. It's prevalent and unpredictable. One home may have a low reading and next door it may be high.
Radon maps show where it exists and there are local hot spots, including in Lake Oswego.
Levels are naturally higher in winter and during stormy periods, and vary depending on how you live, whether the windows are open or closed tight. Testing is inexpensive and I recommend it. High radon levels can be mitigated in most cases, at a reasonable cost, and make a big improvement in your homes healthfulness.
The EPA says a target healthy reading is up to 4.0 picocuries per liter of air. The World Health Organization recommends 2.7. I've seen a reading as high as 100. Thankfully, that home got a mitigation system and now reads more like 1-2. Systems are usually low-tech, basically a fan system to evacuate dirty air. It's installed at or under the bottom level of the home and usually cost less than $2,000. Call me and I'll show you how to make your home safe.
Hasson Company Realtors
15400 SW Boones Ferry Road
Lake Oswego 97035