Abbotsford & Mission Real Estate Insider

Did you know Abbotsford and Mission Radon can hurt homeowners? Realtors can help.

Homelife Realty- RadonRadon has been considered the second leading cause of lung cancer and leading environmental cause of cancer mortality. Radon is estimated to kill over 2000 homeowners a year in Canada and approximately 21,000 deaths per year in the USA due to radon-induced lung cancers and it is everywhere including in Mission, Chilliwack and Abbotsford Real Estate and Homes  – Holy Crap!

…But Abbotsford Realtors, Mission Realtors & Chilliwack Realtors can give their clients a cheap and easy test to evaluate their homes and strengthen your client relationships.

Radon was the fifth radioactive element to be discovered, in 1900 by Friedrich Ernst Dorn, after uranium, thorium, radium and polonium.

The danger of exposure to radon in mines goes all the way back to 1530, when Paracelsus described a wasting disease of miners called mountain sickness. In 1879, this condition was identified as lung cancer.

More recently scientific studies have linked an increased risk of developing lung cancer to exposure to radon at levels found inside some Canadian homes. The only way to know if you have a radon problem is to test your home.

When you buy a home you should test it for radon gas. While you could run a test during your contract subject period, I do not recommend it. You can do a 3-day test yet it is not as reliable as a longer testing. As part of  Homelife Realty services, we can help you get a radon testing kit and will remind you in 3 months and package it for you to send to the lab.

While radon gas is very serious, it can be managed fairly easily if discovered.

For anyone already in their home, I recommend you do the test; it is not expensive and can be a life saver. Through our 5 star education program and my 5 star training I can help you identify the facts that increase the chance there is radon gas.

This type of Homelife 5 Star extra training is designed to help you save money and time and poterntially lives, while building a stronger relationship with your family, friends and clients.

Now back to the topic, Radon in indoor air was documented as early as 1950. Beginning in the 1970s research was initiated to address sources of indoor radon. The problem of indoor radon received widespread publicity and intensified investigation after a widely publicized incident in 1984. During a routine monitoring at a Pennsylvania nuclear power plant, a worker (Stanley Watras,) was found to be contaminated with radioactivity. A high contamination of radon in his home was subsequently identified as responsible for the contamination, not the plant he worked at.

Depending on how your houses is built and it’s ventilated, radon may accumulate in any basements and dwelling. Radon can also seep into an indoor environment through cracks in solid floors, construction joints, cracks in walls, gaps in suspended floors, gaps around service pipes, cavities inside walls, and the water supply.Radon concentrations in the same location may differ by a factor of two over a period of 1 hour. Also, the concentration in one room of a building may be significantly different than the concentration in an adjoining room.

Soil under homes is where this Radon Gas lives and occurs naturally. Iowa has the highest average radon concentrations in the United States due to significant glaciation that ground the granitic rocks from the Canadian Shield and deposited it as soils making up the rich Iowa farmland. 

Save time and money through our 5 Star training which allows us to identify possible problems early.

Know what areas Radon Gas is most likely to occur and how it can be detected. If you choose to buy a radon test kit, you must closely follow the instructions on how to set up the test. Radon test kits can be purchased over the phone, on the internet, or from home improvement stores. The kits include instructions on how to set up the radon test and how to send it back to a lab for analysis when the testing period is over. The cost of testing ranges from $25 to $75. And of course at Homelife we recommend you pay for these test and deliver them to your clients as a gift… $25.00 gift anyone could possible get since it could save their life.

 At Homelife we really appreciate referrals. Your friends will love the extra information and services we provide.Thinking about changing companies? Come to Homelife. Higher Standard Agents, Higher Standards.

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