When buying real estate in the Lake Norman area for the first time it is very important that you are educated about not just the sales process but what to look for during the inspection process. Coming from California, despite 15 years in real estate, my husband and I knew nothing about moisture issues, siding, radon gas, well water, septic tanks and other physical aspects of homes here in Lake Norman and unfortunately, our Realtor who was a native of Lake Norman, had no idea what we didn’t know and therefore did not explain anything at all to us. Hence this series of articles!
A radon screening test is done with an electronic detector which does a continuous monitoring of radon levels for a period of not less than 48 hours. They usually put the device in the lowest livable level of the home and doors and windows must remain closed.
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has a great section on the NC Radon Program with a Q and A, copies of the Radon Information Brochure for NC Citizens, and a list of certified testers and mitigators you can use when buying or selling real estate in our Lake Norman area.
Radon levels in Lake Norman homes vary greatly but it in almost all of my real estate sales the levels were very low and presented no problems. That said, I have had high Radon levels in basement homes, especially on the lake. If you are considering buying real estate in the greater Mooresville, Lake Norman and Charlotte area I would highly recommend that you include a radon test in your home inspection process.