Saturday, 30 October 2004
|0954 - You've got radon.|
Minnesota State University is running a program that tests houses in Minnesota for radon and attempts to correlate the results with weather patterns to see what effect they have. The first test is free. I said "what the heck?" and signed up for the test.
The results came in while I was in Little Rock. We have a measured 17.8 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) in the basement, where the test packet was hung. This is over four times the recommended maximum.
We'll be re-testing in a couple of weeks. If it turns out to be that high again, we'll have to do something. I don't know what, but I expect it to be expensive.
This is new to me. Radon isn't much of a problem in Houston, since houses there don't have basements: the ground there is mainly clay gumbo, and the water table is typically 4 feet below the surface. The first skyscraper built there, the Exxon Building (built as the Humble Building), literally floats. (I don't know how they handle the problem for newer, larger buildings.)
Isn't owning a house fun?
current mood: nervous
1) Not fixing it will lower the house's value when we go to sell it, and the buyer may require us to fix it.
2) Long-term exposure to radon carries an increased risk of lung cancer.
The first skyscraper built there, the Exxon Building (built as the Humble Building), literally floats. (I don't know how they handle the problem for newer, larger buildings.)
Maybe they do it as it's done in Amsterdam, according to the verse:
Amsterdam, die grote staat,
Die is gebouwd op palen.
En als die staat eens ommevalt,
Wie zal dat dan betalen?
(Amsterdam, that big city,
Is built on piles.
And if the city should fall down,
Who would then pay for it?)
hee - I KNEW you were a mutant!