Is Radon lurking in YOUR home?

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Real Estate Agent with Maverick Realty

All Homeowners should test their homes for radon, even if they aren't buying or selling.  Do it for your families health!  Prevention is the best medicine.

 What is Radon and how could it affect YOU or your family?

 Answer:  Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.

Radon is invisible. And you can't smell it or taste it either!  But you should test for it because it may be a  hidden problem in your home, or a problem in a home you may consider buying.

Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. It can cause problems in your lungs. That's because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. So, what's a few hundred dollars (if hired out with a professional) for testing for the presence of dangerous radon levels if it could help prevent lung cancer in you are a loved one?

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. But, even if you don't smoke you may still be at risk!

Radon can be found everywhere, it is all over the U.S.

Radon actually comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and it then gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can easily get into any type of building - homes, offices, and schools - and result in a high indoor radon level that jeopardizes your health.

But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you more than likely spend most of your time. Testing can give you peace of mind. If it shows up in testing, it isn't that hard to fix it.  Yes, some states and counties are at higher risks than others. But testing is really the only way to know for sure.  Fixing the problem could run somewhere in the neighborhood of $800-$2,800.  More or less depending on what needs to be done and how the house is constructed. 

WHO should test for radon.

             You should test for radon.  It you don't test, you will never really KNOW!

          Why take a chance when there are tests to check and see if Radon is lurking in your home?

 

Testing really is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk for radon exposure.

Did you know that nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in homes in your state. Contact your state radon office  for general information about radon in your area. While radon problems may be more common in some areas, any home may have a problem. The only way to know about your home is to test.

 

Testing is inexpensive and easy and it should only take a few minutes of your time. Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for radon. You supposedly can do a test yourself at home, or you can hire an inspector to do it for you.( for a few hundred dollars)  Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA. 

For more information on protecting yourself and your family from radon, click here.

For more information about Radon in Kentucky, click here.

 

If you are thinking of buying or selling in the Owensboro,KY area, please give me a call or email Vickie McCartney, or visit my website to preview all of the homes for sale in Owensboro,KY. 

Vickie McCartney, Realtor Home Realty GMAC~Owensboro, Kentucky

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Vickie McCartney, Realtor, Broker Associate, ABR,~ Maverick Realty, Owensboro, KY

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Rainmaker
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Steve Glose
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great post Vickie. This absolutly should be done by all homeowners on a regular basis.

May 22, 2008 07:03 AM #1
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Debbie Malone
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Vickie, this is a great post I'm going to bookmark. I've been in two homes recently that had radon detection systems and one was a brand new $500,000 plus home. You just never know

May 22, 2008 07:27 AM #2
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Audrey June-Forshey
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Vickie, I should test for Radon again in my house.  It is not as expensive to remediate as it used to be and can be a lifesaver.   The other thing folks should check into is if they have a well, there can be radon there as well.  Great info!!

May 22, 2008 07:35 AM #3
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Becky Respess
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Vickie,

We are so lucky here in the Dallas area. We just don't have problems with radon gas. In fact, I think I have only had one client who wanted the test done.  How is the grandbaby?

May 22, 2008 09:30 AM #4
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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I don't believe we have a problem with that here .

May 22, 2008 01:27 PM #5
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
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Sally~ I don't know about Hawaii, but in most areas it is a problem, people just aren't aware yet.

May 23, 2008 02:47 AM #6
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Vickie, great reminder for homeowners. We do have the problem in our area.

May 24, 2008 03:13 PM #7
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Tom Plant
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Vickie - That's pretty scary - 1 in 15! Thanks for the heads up. Great information.

May 26, 2008 09:05 AM #8
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Laura Cerrano
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Vickie, With all that I have done to protect my home, I have not yet tested for Radon....I thought it was an expensive process.  Since I'm having so much work done I will definitely include that---Thank you!

May 28, 2008 04:37 AM #9
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Vickie McCartney
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Carole~ What you don't know (or see, or smell ) CAN hurt you.  I would rather be safe then sorry, wouldn't you?

May 28, 2008 05:03 AM #10
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Shannon Lefevre
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And even if you're not going to test, you should always open up your house or condo and let a new batch of fresh air come in...especially if you've been away for a long time! :)

May 28, 2008 05:54 AM #11
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Robert L. Brown
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Good point. Air the place out on a continual basis. Better to be safe than sorry.

May 28, 2008 07:20 AM #12
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Robert L. Brown
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Good point. Air the place out on a continual basis. Better to be safe than sorry.

May 28, 2008 07:20 AM #13
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
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Robert~ That is a good idea, airing the place out on a regular basis.  Lots of people don't ever open up their windows!!  I love fresh air in my house, don't you?

May 28, 2008 01:03 PM #14
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Vickie, I have not heard of a problem with Radon here in the North Texas area. Isn't it related to what is in the soil or rock? The inspectors never mention it.

Jun 01, 2008 08:22 AM #15
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