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Radon; a hidden danger for Kansas City area homebuyers

Buying a home? A question seldom asked by Kansas City Real Estate agents is “would you like to have this home radon tested? If you are thinking about buying a home in Kansas City, Overland Park, Leawood or Lee’s Summit, you will be well served by an agent that makes you aware of the importance of Radon testing.

 

Why is this so important? Because a research study of Kansas Radon levels being conducted by Kansas State University showed that the average Radon level in Kansas is 4.8 pCi/L, which means that on average the home you are buying could have elevated Radon levels.  I have seen homes in Overland Park with levels of more than three times that reading

 

Radon can be a silent killer because you can’t smell it or see it, while your chances of getting lung cancer can increase with the presence of elevated levels of Radon, particularly if you are a smoker. How harmful can it be?  Look at the graph from the EPA’s website that illustrates just how harmful Radon can be to your health.

 

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in the Kansas City area, you should consider having the home tested for Radon. The EPA recommends that a test be done every 2 years.

 

You are welcome to contact me if you are interested in reputable companies that can test a home for Radon by calling (913) 706-3971 or via e-mail at sean@seanroque.com.

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Sean Roque

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