If you own a home in Minnesota, or plan to be buying a home in Minnesota, the answer is you should have your home tested. The Minneapolis paper Star Tribune recently published an article on radon.
Before we get into what the paper said, you should know that radon is an odorless colorless gas that is deadly. It could be in your home right now and without having your home tested you would never know it. It is so deadly that it is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer.
According to the newspaper
Minnesota has some of the highest concentrations of radon in the country. The state is considering legislation in the “Radon Awareness Act” that would require sellers to provide information on radon levels of their home before a sale, or conduct a test if they had not done it before.
Why the law is so important is because according to the paper, more than 40% of the radon tests reviewed had levels above the maximum safe levels set by the EPA. The worst part is, even though you had likely heard of this, you had never thought about getting any testing done.
The good news is you can get the testing done for fairly cheap. If you do have high levels of radon in your home you can get it mitigated for a fairly reasonable rate. On average it will cost an existing home $1,200 to $2,000 to bring homes to safe levels. If you are having a house built, you should think about having a mitigation system built into the home. It will cost far less to have it built into the home than having it done later.
To view a map of radon levels in the state click here