Will My Miami Home Purchase Be The Death of Me...

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Real Estate Agent with Decorus Realty DRE# 3207607

If you've bought or planning to buy a home in the state of Florida a radon disclosure is a form that you will sign.  While many people have heard about radon, very few actually know what it is.  Where does it come from?  What makes it so dangerous?  How can one detect it?  Let's start with the basics, shall we?

Radon is a highly toxic, odorless, colorless gas.  It is a naturally occurring substance derived from the decay of uranium, normally found in earth and rock beneath your home.  It has also been discovered in well water, and in certain building materials. 

Radon is responsible for at least 15,000 to 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. In fact, radon exposure is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. This tragedy is compounded by the fact that both radon testing and radon mitigation are simple and inexpensive. While nationally 1 in 15 homes may show dangerous levels of radon, the average levels in many parts of the mid-Atlantic may be two to three times higher than this. There are no immediate symptoms of radon exposure and you cannot see, taste, feel, or smell radon. Cancer can show up five to 25 years after exposure and about 12% of lung cancer diagnoses are caused by radon. 

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Comments (1)

Charlie Gantz
Keller Williams Commercial, Tampa Bay - Saint Petersburg, FL
J.D., M.B.A.

I learned a lot about radon by reading your attachment.  Thanks for warning us about it.  Charlie Gantz, Greenwood, IN; J.D., M.B.A.; Owner/Principal Broker, Atlas Property Group, LLC

Jun 07, 2010 02:02 AM