Radon - the Silent Killer

MN Dept of Health RadonIn January 2014, Minnesota law began requiring sellers to disclose any known radon test results in the home to all potential buyers as well as providing state documentation on the facts and risks of radon.   Radon is known as the “silent killer”.  It is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas that causes lung cancer and health issues to people across America and Minnesota is no exception.

How does Radon affect you and your family?  The Surgeon General states that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.  Health risks dramatically increase in persons whose homes contain high levels of Radon.  

Radon is continually released from the ground into the air, which quickly disperses, causing little to no harm to individuals.  The danger occurs when the gas is released from the ground into your home and is trapped in the home’s interior in concentrated amounts.  

It is impossible to completely avoid radon, as it is found in most of the world.  Statistics show that the average test results for radon across the U.S. is 1.3 pCi/l.   In Minnesota, two out of every five homes have radon levels that ‘pose a significant health risk’.  The EPA suggests that when radon levels reach 4.0 pCi/l(picocuries of radon per liter of air) or more in your home you that steps should be taken to mitigate the gas.  

The best way to inspect your home is to have a professional radon test performed in your home.  If the test results are high, an inspection of your home by a professional to assess the potential causes is recommended.   In most cases, the cost to have a qualified professional install a radon mitigation system in your home is below $2000.   

The effects of radon are very hazardous, having your home tested and inspected is well worth the investment of protecting your family and your home.  

For a free copy of the Radon disclosure and brochure contact us.

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