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What is radon?
Radon (chemical symbol Rn) is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soils, rock, and water throughout the U.S. It has numerous different isotopes, but radon-220, and -222 are the most common. Radon causes lung cancer, and is a threat to health because it tends to collect in homes, sometimes to very high concentrations. As a result, radon is the largest source of exposure to naturally occurring radiation.

If you could see it, it would probably be ugly. But you can't. So, in some areas of Maryland and Virginia, buyers test for radon. The test may be done before settlement and we can often get the seller to install a remediation system installation prior to settlement. If the seller doesn't agree to provide you with a remediation system, you can easily do the test and remediation following settlement. The cost of radon testing is approximately $150. Remediation is approximately $800 to 900 and the results are instantaneous and you and your family can sleep at night.

EPA recommends that all homeowners test their home for radon. It's easy and inexpensive. If the radon level is 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher, a simple radon remediation system can be installed. The equipment simply vents the foundation of the home and provides an escape for radon gas so it doesn't collect in the structure.

Radon can be found all over the U.S. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building - homes, offices, and schools - and build up to high levels. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home. That's where you spend most of your time.

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND A RADON TEST ON HOMES IN FREDERICK COUNTY, either by the seller by contingency on the contract of sale, or by the buyer after settlement. The cost is minimal compared to the risk. Radon remediation in Frederick County can be done for approximately $1,000.

red zone RED ZONE Zone 1 Highest Potential (greater than 4 pCi/L)
orange zone ORANGE ZONE Zone 2 Moderate Potential (from 2 to 4 pCi/L)
yellow zone YELLOW ZONE Zone 3 Low Potential (less than 2 pCi/L)

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