Radon Gas: Invisible and potentially harmful to your health.

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Real Estate Agent with Fonville Morisey Realty

Radon gas can be found all over the country and is all around us. It is invisible and odorless and comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon gets into the air you breathe and can get into any type of building including homes, offices, or schools - and when allowed to accumulate can result in a high indoor radon level. Families are most likely to get their greatest exposure at home, where most of their time is spent.

Why should Radon accumulation be concerning? Radon is believed to cause many thousands of deaths Radon Charteach year. The EPA estimates over 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

What's the bottom line?  Finding out if your home has excess levels of radon is easy and if tests indicate that your home or a home you're contemplating purchasing has radon levels that exceed the EPA's guidelines (4.0 Pico's /L) don't panic, a qualified Radon mitigator can provide venting systems that can reduce levels below the EPA suggested levels.

Are you contemplating a home purchase? Interested in learning more about radon and other issues involved in the home buying process? Contact me. I can help.

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Rainmaker
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Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Real Estate, Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee

Colin:  I think it would be a good think to enclose one of those Radon Gas patches in our closing gifts, just to make the homeowners aware of Radon Gas. 

Jun 11, 2010 01:53 PM #1
Rainer
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Beyonca Clark
Century21 New Millennium - Lusby, MD

Awesome information and thanks for sharing.

Jun 12, 2010 07:43 AM #2
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Great information Colin.  In Canada our awareness of this issue is far less than in the United States.  I am sure that as our knowledge of the effects of Radon increase, so will our concern about this gas and possible remediation in our homes.

Jun 12, 2010 08:14 AM #3
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Janet E. Campbell
Second Mile Radon Testing - Houlton, ME

Good, useful information, but what I'm wondering is, what is a "radon gas patch" (comment # 1)  Your own write-up, Colin, or a publication such as EPA's Citizen's Guide to Radon might be   appreciated by clients.

Jun 22, 2010 01:24 PM #4
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Colin Moody
Fonville Morisey Realty - Chapel Hill, NC

Janet, I've never heard of a radon gas patch either. Maybe Jane can shed up light on that.

Jun 22, 2010 05:38 PM #5
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