While the above disclosure is required by Florida law to be in all contracts for the sale, purchase or lease of residential real estate, this is what the Florida Department of Health says about radon in buildings, “Radon, a Class A carcinogen, is the second cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year (one every 25 minutes.) In Florida, one in five homes tested has elevated radon levels above the EPA action level of 4 pCi/L.” (FL Dept of Health) “In some areas of Florida, one out of two homes has excessive amounts of radon”. (FL Dept of Health).
While we hope the above gets your attention, finding elevated radon levels is something that can be easily mitigated, and relatively inexpensively at that. The most important thing though is not exposing yourself or your family to this unnecessary health risk.
Mike Pagozalski is certified by the Florida Department of Health as a Radon Measurement Technician #R2530 and works under the nation’s largest Radon Measurement Business, Radalink #RB1585, based out of Atlanta, Georgia.
What is radon?
Why should I be concerned?
Why should you test for radon?
How do I test for radon?
What is the “acceptable” level of radon in the air?
The EPA states any radon exposure carries some risk; no level of exposure is safe. However, they recommend homes be mitigated if an occupants long-term exposure will average 4 pCi/L or higher. The average indoor radon level is estimated to be about 1.3 pCi/L and about 0.4 pCi/L of radon is normally found in the outside air. The US Congress has set a long-term goal that indoor radon levels be no more than outdoor levels. While this goal is not yet technologically achievable in all cases, most homes today can be reduced to 2 pCi/L or below.
What are PicoCuries?
The 4 piC/L has become a benchmark for real estate transactions, but that level still carries considerable risk – equivalent to getting a chest x-ray or smoking 10 cigarettes a day.