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radon and rainRadon and rain aren’t always a good combination.  Rain may or may not affect radon levels.  Because of this, you can have an issue during your home inspection.  You will also want to know about this as a homeowner.  Let me explain what just happened during a home inspection on a listing of mine.

What Is Radon

Let’s start with what is radon?  An expert in the field is Radata.  Radata is a company that’s been in the radon testing and mitigation business since 1984.  Here is their definition of radon:

“Radon is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas formed by the natural radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water.  The radon outdoors is diluted by fresh air, but radon can penetrate any type of building, become trapped and can increase to high levels.”

Radon causes lung cancer.  The National Cancer Institute has an entire section on radon.  Since radon causes cancer, every home inspection should include a radon test.  If the test shows a level of 4 pico curies or less, this is considered an acceptable level.  Radon is not just in Bergen County – it occurs all over the US.

Radon and Rain

Radon fluctuates.  It’s not at the same level every day of the year.  Weather has a direct impact on radon levels in your home as well as other things.  The best explanation I found on this comes from a Littleton Colorado radon company website.  They explain how radon and rain sometimes don’t mix.  Light rain has no effect but downpours do.  I just dealt with this issue on a listing.

My homeowner has lived in the house for 20 years.  When they did their purchase home inspection, radon test results were 2.9 pico curies.  Their buyer did home inspections 1 week ago when we had days of heavy downpours.  Radon test results came back with an unacceptable 4.3 pico curies.

Susana G. Manna, Esq., is an outstanding attorney in Closter NJ.  With Susana’s help, I was able to convince the buyer and their agent to re-test the house.  Because of the heavy rain conditions which I argued invalidated the results, I was able to have the home inspector re-test with no additional cost to the buyer.  We just got the results of the 2nd test – 2.8 pico curies.

Radon Testing

What is important to take away from this is that radon testing can be affected by weather.  Talk to your home inspector about this.  He is the expert – not me.  You want to live in a healthy environment so always make a radon test part of your inspection.  If you own a home, why not test periodically?

If you have any questions or need advice, you can always contact me.  Also, if you want to call Susana G. Manna, Esq, her phone number is 201-750-7564.

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