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Radon - A Health Risk In 1 Out Of 15 Homes
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and 1 out of 15 homes has elevated levels of the radioactive gas seeping into it. Despite the risks, however, radon is a potential problem that many homeowners ignore. Radon can enter a home at many different points. A partial list includes: Earth and rock beneath a home Joints in construction materials Gaps around pipes and wires Cracks in flooring and walls But, because radon is odorless, colorless, and scentless, it's impossible to detect without the use of tools. There are do-it-yourself, at-home radon testing kits which can be purchased at Lowe's for less than $20, or you can hire an EPA-approved professional to site-test for you. If the tests are positive for radon, fixing the problem in your home can cost anywhere from $800 to $2,500, depending on the home's architecture. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nearly one million homeowners have taken radon-reducing steps in their homes over the years, saving 6,000 lives. Their Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction provides more information about what radon is and how to mitigate the problem if you find high levels in your home. If you're buying or selling your home, you ... more
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