Radon and Lake Tahoe
You can't smell it. You can't see it. You can't feel it. But, it's there and it's bad fo ryou. So, Yikes! Radon at Lake Tahoe is a big concern for residents and workers, but the good news is that radon is a manageable risk. This web page will help you to learn about radon, how to determine your risk from radon, and how to manage your exposure to radon. It's not very difficult really, to detect the level of radon in your home or workplace using a radon detector. And, a variety radon mitigation measures are options you can DIY or have installed to cut down the radon.
As reported by the California Geological Survey, which is the agency that studies radon, radon poses a significant risk to residents of the Lake Tahoe Basin, especially those on the South Shore.
The report Radon Potential in the Lake Tahoe Area, California states that an estimated 23,400 people in the Lake Tahoe area live in buildings where radon is likely to equal or exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended action level. Just ask El Dorado County’s Department of Environmental Management, whose staff also sounds the warning about radon at Lake Tahoe.
Why is radon a concern? It's because radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind cigarette smoking.
The basement measurement of radon from an example house in the California Geological Survey stufy was more than 20 times the EPA’s recommended action level, according to the report. That's a big concern, because radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the nation.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Public Health, "More and more, consumers are asking about radon levels before they buy or rent a home."
Radon does not need to delay or prohibit a real estate transaction, but a home's radon level is information all parties should know, and radon problems can be easily fixed! Because real estate sales happen quickly, there is often little time to deal with radon and other issues.
The best thing to do is to test your home or business for radon now and save the results. In most instances, radon testing and mitigation are not mandatory; however, radon test results are subject to real estate disclosure laws, and many home buyers are requiring that sellers have properties tested for radon, as part of the purchase process.