by Todd Ellner
December 12, 2017 Home Renovation

Did you know that testing radon levels in your home can help you prevent serious health issues? Plus, a low radon level can be a strong selling point if you ever decide to sell your home.

According to some studies, 1 in 15 U.S. homes is estimated to have radon levels at (or above) the EPA action level (4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air).

What causes radon radiation and how can you solve the issue? Real estate agent Gina Pugliese gives you an example in the interview below:

When testing radon levels leads to a basement renovation…

As a real estate agent, Gina is frequently involved in radon testing during home inspections. In fact, she decided to remodel her basement after testing the radon level in her home.

“After testing radon levels in our basement, the results came out a little bit higher than what I was comfortable with. My husband and I were discussing it and, since we’ve always wanted to finish our basement, we decided to renovate it. It was the best solution to our radon situation,” she explains.

Tip: Here are some beautiful basement remodeling ideas to inspire you.


The cause: exposed earth in the basement

“We had fittings for plumbing in the basement, because we knew that we were going to renovate it eventually,” says Gina.

“The exposed earth in our basement was set for an ejector pit for a future bathroom,” and according to Gina, “any area that’s exposed to the soil creates the opportunity for radon to enter the house.”

Did you know? The acceptable level of radon is 4.0 on a radon test when you’re buying or selling a home. If it’s above a 4.0, the seller of the home will have to remediate the radon.

Never underestimate the importance of testing radon levels in your home.



Testing radon levels will help you maintain a healthy environment at home and prevent unwanted health issues. If you’re thinking about selling your home, a small radon level will definitely help you get a good price.

Tip: You can always call the pros to give you a helping hand when testing the radon level.

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