What is Radon and What Should You Know About It?

What is Radon and What Should You Know About It?If you’ve ever bought a home, you know that a common test that is done before the home changes hands is a radon test. Radon is a radioactive gas that is linked to lung cancer. It is naturally occurring in the environment and can be found all over the United States. It can be nerve-racking to hear that the home you plan to buy or sell has unacceptable levels of radon, but keep in mind that radon can be mitigated fairly easily.

Take a look at the facts below to learn more about radon and what can be done if your home is found to have higher than acceptable radon levels:

  1. Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas that that has been found all over the United States. It’s produced naturally by the decay of uranium and can be found in soil and water.
  2. Radon is a carcinogen and exposure to certain levels of it has been linked to lung cancer, particularly for smokers.
  3. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Surgeon General warn people not have long-term exposure to radon in excess of 4.0 pico Curies per liter (pCi/L).
  4. The EPA recommends if you are buying or selling your home, you should have it checked for radon. To find a qualified radon service company contact your state’s radon contact.
  5. Any home, new or old, can have radon problems and there may be more radon present at certain times of the year.
  6. If your home is found to have unacceptable radon levels, it can be rectified by a radon mitigation specialist. In some states, radon mitigation specialists need to be licensed.
  7. According to the EPA, the cost of radon mitigation in your home is dependent on many factors including the extent of the radon. Many can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs.

When you own a home, you want to keep it in top shape, but there will always be factors beyond your control. At AssuredPartners NL, we want your home insurance to be something that you can always trust. Whether you are buying or selling, our knowledgeable agents will be happy to review your homeowners’ policy to make sure you have the right coverage to meet your needs.

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency, Surgeon General, National Safety Council

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