Virginia home buyer guide- Should you Care about Radon Level when Buying Virginia Home?
agent of a property we had a contract argued that the since the
basement is a walk out level we don't need to waste our money and add
radon contingency. First my jaw dropped thinking "Who in the world are
you telling my client what they should be contingent on ?" Trying to
keep my calmness I asked the agent to get me something in writing from
the seller that they warrant that the basement does not have radon
issue. Obviously he did not like that response. Politely I told him my
clients would like to keep the contingency the way it was submit in the
Fast forward today I got an email from the lab test and the Radon level
are at 10 pCi/L. He did not have a response but the sellers were so
shocked the home they were living in had a high level of radon.
So on the left is a chart from the EPA site from data collected in 2003. Pretty scaring?
Each city/county/state has different level of radon. Here is the map of the Virginia:
What do the colors mean?
| ||Zone 1 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) (red zones) ||Highest Potential |
| ||Zone 2 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (orange zones) ||Moderate Potential |
| ||Zone 3 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (yellow zones) ||Low Potential|| |
Although above chart shows Loudoun County Radon level at moderate orange zone you should not ignore it is still significant higher to cause damage to you and you family.
Fairfax County Radon level (especially Great Falls,Reston, Vienna and other surrounding area) are does have a higher percentage (Red Zone).
Even if you are a home owner and not sure about the Radon level in your
home you can contact any company and get it tested for couple hundred
dollars. The best part is remediation is not too expensive it is any
where from $700 to $1200 depending on how challenging it would be get
the mitigation done.
Still not sure ....Here is the link for the EPA site
to read up on all the things about Radon.