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Radon Facts Every Home Buyer Should Know

Radon Facts Every Home Buyer Should Know. 0

You might assume radon is a problem “somewhere else,” but this clear, odorless, tasteless, inert radioactive gas exists in all 50 states. It can exist in any home or building, regardless of the structure’s age or location. And because Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., home buyers need to be aware of the risks!

Radon gas is formed by the natural radioactive decay of uranium found in rock, soil, and water. As the gas rises from the earth, it can become trapped beneath the home’s foundation. Once the trapped gas builds up, it seeps into the home through cracks in floors or walls, and through gaps around utility connections, or through drains and sump pumps.

Once inside the home, radon can become concentrated and start decaying, and the radioactive particles can become trapped in your lungs when you breathe. The EPA estimates that 1 out of every 15 homes has elevated levels of radon.

In general, if a home seller is aware of the presence of radon, it should be disclosed to buyers along with any other known defects in the property. But unless a homeowner has already conducted a radon test, he or she will have no idea what radon levels are present.

Home inspections do not typically include radon testing. Home buyers can protect themselves by including a radon testing contingency in their purchase offer. Radon test kits can be purchased in home improvement stores, but they must be handled correctly, and sent to designated processing labs as instructed in the kit.

You can also purchase a radon testing kit by calling 1-800-767-7236. More information about radon is available at www.sosradon.org and www.epa.gov/radon.

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