Thursday, January 25, 2007

Radon - A Brief Overview

RADON – What it is – What it does

You can’t see or even smell it because it is colorless and odorless gas. Radon is a decay product of uranium and occurs naturally in the soil and rock and Radon levels will vary from home to home, new or old. Other sources of Radon are well water & some buildings. The only difference from home to home is the level of Radon concentration.

The Health Risks of High Radon Levels

When radon decays within your lungs it releases energy that can damage lung tissue and lead to LUNG CANCER over the course of your lifetime. Not everyone exposed to elevated levels of radon will develop lung cancer. Your chances of developing lung cancer from radon gas depend mostly on:

Ø how much radon is in your home

Ø the amount of time that you spend in your home

Ø whether you are a smoker or have smoked

According to the EPA, radon causes an estimated 7,000 to 30,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year.

What can you , Mr. and Mrs Homeowner do ?

Have your home tested. When shopping for someone to test for radon levels in your home, ask if they have been certified by NRSB, National Radon Safety Board, to assure that testing is done accurately, and according to EPA standards and guidelines.

For more information about Radon just call or email me. Also, check out the EPA’s website for detailed radon facts at: www.epa.gov/radon.html

Greg Etter is a Certified and Licensed Home Inspector. He is president of Home Worx, a Virginia based Home Inspection and testing frim. He is also a licensed real estate agent, staff member and contributor to Virginia Advantage Realty, LLC dba Help-U-Sell Olde Dominion, News and Information Services. He can be contacted by email at greg@husoldedom.com .

Courtesy of: Mike Ognek- HUS Owner

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