Radon Affected Areas – What is it and what should I do?

What is Radon? What are the potential sources? What are the potential risks?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, produced by the radioactive decay of Uranium.

Uranium is found in small quantities in all soils and rocks throughout the UK, with areas of elevated radon risk noted to include the granitic bedrocks in South West England and the Carboniferous Shale in the North West of England.

Significant health implications can occur when radon is produced and diffused into the atmosphere. However, it should be noted that little harm occurs as long as the radon source remains outside the body. Problems arise when particles enter the body via inhalation or ingestion.

The search has identified the property in a potential Radon Area?

The environmental search report will identify if a property is suspected to be in a radon Affected Area and the percentage of homes that are estimated to be at or above the radon Action Level. This does not necessarily mean there is a radon problem in the property. The only way to find out whether it is above or below the Action Level is to carry out a radon measurement.

How do you carryout a Radon Test?

A home measurement pack can be ordered from Public Health England. The process involves placing 2 detectors within the living room and bedroom for a period of 3 months. The detectors are then returned to Public Health England. The results of the analysis and any advice for further action will be posted to the home owner after the detectors have been returned. Every house is different and the migration of radon gas will vary depending on the property type and age.

Best approach on a purchase

If you are purchasing a property within a Radon Affected Area it is advisable that the property transaction includes a Retention. This is an agreement between the buyer and vendor whereby a sum of money held back from the sale to help with any potential remedial costs.

If you have any questions on buying or selling your property, please contact Abu Valimahomed at Meaby&Co a.valimahomed@meaby.co.uk or call 020 7703 5034.

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