Radon and Lake Tahoe: Homebuyers and Sellers Guide page 13

EPA Guide to Radon
Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon
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EPA Guide to Radon p.13

On this page: I'm Buying or Building a New Home.

How Can I Protect My Family?

a. Why Should I Buy a Radon-Resistant Home? Radon-resistant techniques work. When installed properly and completely, these simple and inexpensive passive techniques can help to reduce radon levels.

In addition, installing them at the time of construction makes it easier to reduce radon levels further if the passive techniques don't reduce radon levels to below 4 pCi/L. Radon-resistant techniques may also help to lower moisture levels and those of other soil gases. Radon-resistant techniques:

Make Upgrading Easy: Even if built to be radon-resistant, every new home should be tested for radon as soon as possible after occupancy. If you have a test result of 4 pCi/L or more, a vent fan can easily be added to the passive system to make it an active system and further reduce radon levels.

Are Cost-Effective: Building radon-resistant features into the house during construction is easier and cheaper than fixing a radon problem from scratch later. Let your builder know that radon-resistant features are easy to install using common building materials.

Save Money: When installed properly and completely, radon-resistant techniques can also make your home more energy efficient and help you save on your energy costs.

Including passive radon-resistant features in a new home during construction usually costs less than fixing the home later. If your radon level is 4 pCi/L or more, consult a qualified mitigator to estimate the cost of upgrading to an active system by adding a vent fan to reduce the radon level. In an existing home, the cost to install a radon mitigation system is about the same as for other common home repairs.

Check with, and get an estimate from, one or more qualified mitigators before fixing.

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How to Find Out if You Have Radon

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