The answer is... Radon Gas is in the air we breathe! But, at what level should radon be of concern to you and your family? That is the more imprtant question! Are you being exposed to high levels of naturally occurring, radioactive gas?
Tallahassee, FL and the 32301 zip code are located in Leon County, which has an EPA assigned Radon Zone of 2. A radon zone of 2 predicts an average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L, which is within the recommended levels assigned by the EPA. Tallahassee is located in a moderate risk area of the country. However, with any household or business, regardless of Radon Zone, it is suggested your home be tested for unsafe levels of radon. http://radonresources.com/directory/fl/city/tallahassee/
What is Radon and how do you know if your home or building contains Radon? Educate yourself about Radon Gas and why the EPA feels it is important enough to make this a mandated disclosure of all real estate transactions! It's really simple, it involves Finding a Radon Certified Professional, utilization of an inexpensive test which costs a few hundred dollars consists of placing a detection and measurement machine in the home or building, and leaving this running during normal living conditions, to measure the radon levels in the home over a period of 48 hours.
Less expensive tests can be performed but, in my experience are really not reliable. We highly reccommend an EPA licensed and approved vendor be the one to handle all equipment related to testing. Strict guidelines and training are required of licensed professionals to not only measure this invisible and odorless, radioactive gas but to report all readings to the EPA which tracks this. Want to see how your area looks on the EPA Radon reporting map? Take a look at this Interactive Map - the results may be shocking!
Here at First Story Real Estate of Tallahassee, FL, we take Radon testing seriously - there are just too many unexplained cancer cases in the world.. this is one causative agent for lung cancer, and the good news is we can mitigate for it, and reduce levels in our homes.
Working with a professional, really pays off, in more ways than one! Let us help you with your real estate transaction process, we know what to look for and how to handle issues such as Radon gas. Federal law says you have the right to have your home inspected... let's get this out of the way before you purchase your home!