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It's A Gas

It's a Gas
by Gary Woods

As a Realtor when we sell someone a house there's a form that we always use called the Statewide Buyer Seller Advisory. It has 10 pages of all manner of things that can go wrong with the house you’re thinking about purchasing. There are warnings about Geological Hazards, Environmental Hazards, Formaldehyde, Mold and a lot of other things way too numerous to mention here.

On the subject of stuff you can worry about when buying a home or even in the home in which you're currently residing recently one of my readers sent me a note about a free iOS app that can be found in the App Store called "Radon Map for Home Safety." When you open the app you just type in a Santa Barbara Address and it will tell you about the underlying geology in the area you're curious about.

If you're unaware about Radon it is a colorless and odorless gas that occurs naturally in the ground and the interactive map allows you to determine your risk level. You can zoom and scroll to check locations or use your current location as determined by GPS. According to the maps provided by the California Geological Survey there are a lot more areas with potential Radon issues in the area that I realized so it’s worth checking out.

To corroborate the date on the map he passed along a link from the California Department of Geology which has posted some articles about the maps on their website

If you'd like more information about Radon or to have your home checked you can call Radon Reduction and Research at (805) 687-5175.

If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at or see my column on the Internet at or call me at (805) 729-0910

Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc