Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breath. Unfortunately, radon has been linked to cause cancer. You cannot smell, taste, or see the gas.
Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That's because when you breath air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. 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.
Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building — homes, offices, and schools — and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.
Homes can be tested to determine the radon level. According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the level should not be above 4.0 pico curies. Two homes right next to each other may not have the same levels. Radon levels can vary greatly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.
If a home has been found to have radon levels above the 4.0 pico curies, it can be mitigated; however, some buyers and sellers do not choose to mitigate. If the buyer or seller choose to mitigate. There are professional mitigators who can install the system.
Please visit: http://www.epa.gov/radon/ It will give you information on what radon is, how to test it, and how to fix it.
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