Radon and You
The U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Surgeon General, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), as well as health organizations including the American Lung Association, the Center of Disease Control and the American Medical Association agree that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. if you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Radon is a radioactive gas found in homes throughout the United State, including Pennsylvania. it comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil, rock and water. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. The home can trap the radon inside. Any home can have a radon problem. You cannot see, smell or taste radon.
PA’s DEP recommends a radon test be conducted in any home you consider buying. In a real estate transaction, a home should be tested by a state certi.ed individual. State protocols on placing and collecting the radon vials are important for an accurate reading. Radon certi.ed individuals are familiar with the protocols. Oftentimes, the cost of mitigation (lowering high radon levels) can be negotiated between the buyer and seller.
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