DO YOU KNOW YOUR HOME’S RADON SCORE?
The U.S. Surgeon General and Environmental Protection Agency recommend that ALL homes get tested for radon gas.
Protect your family’s health and get your home tested for radon today!!!
What is radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas. It is naturally produced by the natural decay of uranium in soil and rock. As uranium breaks down, it forms radium, which further decays into radon. Long term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer. In fact, over 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year are from radon, making it a serious health concern for all Minnesotans.
Where does radon come from?
Radon is produced from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. Uranium breaks down to radium. As radium disintegrates it turns into radioactive gas...radon. As a gas, radon moves up through the soil and into the air you breathe.
Is radon dangerous and prevalent in Minnesota?
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer (after tobacco) in smokers. High radon levels exist in every state in the U.S., and in Minnesota, nearly 80% of all counties are rated high-radon zones.
How does radon enter a home?
Radon gas is present nearly everywhere. If allowed to accumulate, radon gas becomes a serious health concern. Radon can enter your home insidiously—through foundation cracks, crawlspaces, floor drains, sump pumps, pipes, and other structural openings.
Fee (within Olmsted County):
Radon test with inspection: $50
Radon test without inspection: $100
Radon Warning Statement
“The Minnesota Department of Health strongly recommends that ALL home buyers have an indoor radon test performed prior to purchase or taking occupancy, and recommends having the radon levels mitigated if elevated radon concentrations are found. Elevated radon concentrations can easily be reduced by a qualified, certified, or licensed, if applicable, radon mitigator. Every buyer of any interest in residential real property is notified that the property may present exposure to dangerous levels of indoor radon gas that may place the occupants at risk of developing radon-induced lung cancer. Radon, a Class A human carcinogen, is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause overall. The seller of any interest in residential real property is required to provide the buyer with any information on radon test results of the dwelling.”
The Minnesota Radon Awareness Act does NOT require radon testing or mitigation. However, many relocation companies and lending institutions, as well as home buyers, require a radon test when purchasing a house. Effective January 1, 2014, the Minnesota Radon Awareness Act requires additional disclosure and education be provided to potential home buyers during residential real estate transactions in Minnesota. Before signing a purchase agreement to sell or transfer residential real property, the seller shall disclose in writing to the buyer any knowledge the seller has of radon concentrations in the dwelling. The disclosure shall include:
- Whether a radon test or tests have occurred on the property;
- The most current records and reports pertaining to radon concentrations within the dwelling;
- A description of any radon concentrations, mitigation, or remediation;
- Information regarding the radon mitigation system, including system description and documentation, if such system has been installed in the dwelling; and
- A radon warning statement
- A copy of the Minnesota Department of Health publication entitled, "Radon in Real Estate Transactions."
Here's the link to the Minnesota Department of Health website regarding Radon in Minnesota Real Estate Transactions:
Call or text 507-696-7330 with any questions or to schedule an inspection.