The state of Connecticut is very clear that certain disclosures must be made when selling a home. These are set forth in the following documents: Residential Property Condition and Disclosure Report and the Mold and Mold-Forming Condition Disclosure Form, along with the "Fact Sheet Mold in the Home: Health Concerns" sheet provided by the CT Department of Public Health. Given that mold is a constant problem in CT, as is radon, it is imperative that a buyer carefully look at the disclosures related to both prior to making an offer to purchase. These comprehensive reports cover seepage issues, drainage issues, structural problems, pest problems, heating and electrical problems--essentially proving the future homeowner with all of the information necessary to make an INFORMED decision. Waiving your right to know and buying a home "as is" will lead to the purchase of an endless MONEY PIT.
Radon is not something those with an HIC license are qualified to handle, which is why we rely upon First Alert for all research into a home's radon level. You can easily pick one up at Home Depot for under $15. All others besides First Alert charge a lab fee of $40. First Alert has the one shown with a FREE lab fee and test results are emailed to you promptly.
Formed from the natural decay of uranium, radon is found in rock, soil and water. While radon in outdoor air poses a relatively low risk to human health, when it enters the home it presents a clear health hazard. You can’t see or smell radon which is why it is called the silent killer.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that homes with radon levels at or above 2.0 pCi/L be fixed. Above 4.0, you risk getting lung disease. Radon problems can be corrected by qualified radon contractors, with costs typically ranging between $1,200 and $1,500.