Radon & Real Estate

Posted 2016/08/16

Radon &  real estate go hand in hand. Often times, homeowners do not test their homes for radon until they are getting ready to list them for sale. Other times, homes aren’t checked for radon until they are under contract. The good news about radon & real estate is that a high level of radon doesn’t have to mean “no deal”.

Radon can be mitigated.

If the home you are buying or selling comes back with a high result after your radon test, it shouldn’t be the end of the contract. Mitigation systems are easy to to install. The peace of mind that comes with have a customized radon remediation system installed can add value to a home. When a system is installed properly, the radon levels should be reduced below the EPAs action level.

Radon mitigation systems come with warranties.

Trinity Electrical & Radon Mitigation, Inc. has a 5 year, transferable warranty. Whether you are selling your home & have a system installed, or you are buying a home that you don’t plan on staying in for long, a mitigation system is one that is worth investing in. When you go to sell your property, you can assure the new buyers that their radon remediation system comes with a warranty that passes on to them if they ever needed to use it.

Radon levels will be reduced.

When it comes to radon & real estate – there isn’t any wiggle room. The numbers NEED to come down below the action level or the contract could be terminated. We understand that, which is why we guarantee that our systems will reduce the levels of radon below the action level. This allows your home sale to continue on without any issues. If the post-test comes back higher than the action level, we will come back out at no cost to you to correct the issue.

We have partnered with many realtors, home buyers & sellers to make real estate transactions run smoothly. We understand tight deadlines & budgets. Give us a call today to see how we can come alongside you in your radon & real estate transaction: 630-499-1492.

Radon Safety Information

Posted 2016/07/27

Radon safety: You can’t see it, smell it or touch it.

The #1 cause of lung cancer outside of smoking is a radioactive gas that everyone breathes in every day, usually at low levels, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Radon gas is produced from a natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. This radioactive gas can be detected in homes, offices and schools; it enters buildings through cracks in floors and walls, construction joints or gaps around service pipes, electrical wires and sump pits.

When radon gas exceeds acceptable levels, the result can be deadly.

Scientists estimate 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year are related to radon.

People who breathe in radioactive particles, swallow water with high radon levels or are exposed to radon for a long period of time are susceptible to lung damage and lung cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency says nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in America is estimated to have elevated radon levels.

In Illinois, almost 1 in every 2 homes that have been tested have elevated levels (41%). Dr. Wallace Akerley of the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City likened living under such conditions to smoking one or two packs of cigarettes a day. Radon safety is something that should be taken as seriously as smoking.

In May 2015, he was questioned for an article while treating two women diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer. Neither was a smoker. Akerley said there was little doubt what caused damage to their lung tissue: breathing in radiation. But this is a preventable cancer.

The first step to radon safety is to have your home tested for high levels of radon. If your home comes back with a high radon reading, having a radon reduction system installed will help lower your levels of radon. Decreasing the amount of radon you are exposed to is the best prevention to lung cancer caused by radon.

Trinity Radon Mitigation is licensed, bonded & insured. If you have any questions about the radon level in your home, please call us at 630-554-1492.

***This radon safety post originally appeared on the National Safety Council’s website.

Lightning Storm Safety

Posted 2016/06/29

With the beginning of summer comes BBQs, pool parties & lightning storms. There are a lot of ways your can protect yourself & your family during a lightning storm.

Outdoor Lightning Storm Safety

When it comes to outdoor activities, the first thing you should always do is check the forecast. If the forecast is calling for a lightning storm, postpone, reschedule or ensure there is adequate shelter readily available. If you get caught in a lightning storm, go inside.  “When thunder roars, head indoors”. If you are caught in a open area, crouch down in a ball (with your feet & knees together) with your head tucked and your hands over your ears. If you are in a group, separate. When lightning strikes the ground, deadly electrical currents can run on top of the ground for up to 100 feet. Getting into a ball is the best way to stay low & touch the ground as little as possible.

Indoor Lightning Storm Safety

Being inside is safer than being outside during an electrical storm, but there are still things you can do to increase your safety. 1 out of 3 lightning storm injuries occur indoors. Minimize your risk by avoiding water. This includes avoiding showers, bathes & doing the dishes when there is a storm. You should also avoid using any electronic equipment. Whether that is a computer, washer or dryer, stove or game system, anything connected to an electrical outlet can pose a threat during a lightning storm. To protect your electrical appliances, you should equip your home with a whole home surge protector. Though corded phones are not nearly as common as they once were, if you have one around, you should not use it.

Finally, as tempting as it may be to watch the storm from your garage, front porch, or even window, you should take care to avoid it. Lightning can travel through concrete via the metal bars or wires that it is poured over. When it comes to storms, be smart & stay safe. If you are looking to have a whole home surge protector installed, give us a call today: 630-499-1492.

 

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