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Charlotte Home Inspector Reveals High Levels of Radon in New Charlotte Condos

September 15th, 2011 · No Comments

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Recently high Radon levels have been found in some new Charlotte NC Condos even on high up floors.  Since Radon come from the decay of radio active material in the ground, how can this be posssible?  First a I think an explanation of what Radon is in order here.

You can not smell or taste it but it could be a issue in your home. It’s estimated to cause thousands of deaths every year. Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas, & when you breathe air containing the gas, you can contract lung cancer. In reality, radon has now been declared the second primary cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Today. The only thing that causes lung cancer more than radon gas is smoking tobacco. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your threat of lung cancer is notably high.

 

Radon gas can be found all over the United States. It comes from the natural decomposition of uranium in soil, rock & water & get in the air you breathe. Radon can penetrate any type of building, housing, offices, schools & build up to high levels. But you & your family are most likely to contract the greatest exposure at home since that is where you spend most of your time.

Here at home inspection Carolina we have found several condos with high levels of Radon.  How is this possible?  The Radon is coming from the aggregate in the concrete.  The aggregate contains Uranium and then is emiting Radon as it breaks down.  One such Condominium complex is Latta Pavalion in Dilworth.  I will say this though that Latta Pavillion underwent a 1.2 million dollar Radon mitigation and we have testes 7 units since and they have all come back with low levels of Radon.  It appears if the mitigation is done properly the danger can be controlled.  We at Home Inspection Carolina recommend you always get a Radon test before purchasing a home or condo but especially if you are buying a new condo.

If you are moving to Charlotte NC area and will be in need of a home inspection  please consider Home Inspection Carolina.  They have performed over 24,345 home inspections and have many videos on youtube.  They have over a hundred years of combined home inspection and construction experience.  Home Inspection Carolina will not let you buy the money pit.  They inspect every home as if it were for a family member.  There is a reason Home Inspection Carolina is the best Charlotte home inspector.  They fix the small stuff and use infrared thermal imaging as well as test for Radon in order to give you the most thorough inspection possible.  Call today (704) 542-6574

 

Preston Sandlin

Home Inspection Carolina

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