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Milwaukee Wisconsin Real Estate Market And Radon

Radon Milwaukee Wisconsin Real EstateIt has been known for decades that radon is a serious hazard to human health. When putting a house on the market in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the subject of radon levels in the house will almost certainly be raised. This does not need to add to what is already a stress-filled process. With all the problems that a house can face, radon levels are among the simplest to measure and, when necessary, to mitigate.

Designated a Class A carcinogen, along with arsenic, asbestos and benzene, radon gas is considered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the second-greatest cause of lung cancer. They point to radon as the cause of 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. The National Research Council has also published a study in which they describe radon as being one of the major environmental toxins in the U.S.

Radon Can Enter Any Home

Radon is a product of the natural atomic decay of trace deposits of uranium in the soil and rock. The radon gas produced by this process is odorless and colorless and percolates through the soil. It can seep into houses through small cracks in the foundation, plumbing, wiring and duct entry ways, sump pump wells and other spaces. Test surveys have shown that the average concentration of radon gas in single-family houses is 1.3 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), but since the level of radon is determined by the underlying geology of an area, this can differ from place to place.

The geology of Wisconsin has created a band of high-radon producing soil and rock formations along the southern state line with Illinois. Milwaukee County is just to the east of this band, but test surveys have shown that 36% of the houses in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area have radon concentrations at or above 4 pCi/L. This is the concentration that the EPA has designated the “action level” at which they strongly recommend installation of a radon mitigation system in houses.

Test Your Home or Potential Home For Radon Today

Since radon levels can differ from house to house, the only way to determine the concentration in your particular house is to have it tested. We can perform a fast, accurate radon test, and provide the information you and the potential buyer of your house needs to make an informed decision. If the results show that there is a high level of radon in your house, it does not mean that the sale has to fall through. After all, the odds are very good that another house in the area will have radon levels that are equally high. A much more effective solution is to have us design and install a radon mitigation system to reduce the radon levels. This not only protects the health of the occupants, but preserves the value of the house as well. As an added benefit, radon mitigation systems can also reduce the level of molds and mildews in the house.