Radon is a radioactive gas that can be present in homes all over the United States and is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and second overall cause of lung cancer according to EPA estimates. It appears from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and can easily get into the air you breathe.
Generally, radon moves up through the ground into the air and then into your home through cracks, doors, windows or other holes in your home or its foundation. Radon is responsible for over 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year with 2,900 of those of people who have never smoked.
Radon like carbon monoxide has no smell, taste, or color so a test must be performed to detect its presence.
Due to the rock formation in and around Baltimore, the EPA has determined that the area is a high risk for radioactive particles to make their way into your home from the ground. Radon is considered such a serious problem that in some jurisdictions Radon testing is required for home purchases. Routine testing is recommended even if you have a mitigation system.
Radon is considered such a serious problem that some jurisdictions (like Montgomery County) require radon testing for home purchases. Routine testing is also recommended by the EPA, even if you have a mitigation system.
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