Radon when buying and selling a home.

Radon is a naturally occurring element (86 on the periodic table).  It is a colorless and odorless gas that is radioactive.  It is considered a health hazard and the second most common cause of lung cancer.  It is formed through the natural process of decay of certain elements that are found in certain types of bedrock.

Radon can make its way through the ground into your home and be a danger to you and your family.

According to the EPA, Long Island, New York City, Rockland and Westchester are in the lowest risk category for radon.[i]  Most of the rest of the state is in the highest risk category.

So, in our region, radon is not an issue we generally deal with.  However, if you live in a higher risk area you should have radon testing done as a normal part of your investigation of any property you are looking to buy or sell.  There are mitigation techniques that can make your home safe.

[i] https://www.epa.gov/radon/find-information-about-local-radon-zones-and-state-contact-information

Hubert Plummer