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    The “15,000 to 22,000” estimate of radon-related lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. was extrapolated from the “slightly increased risk” percentage indicated by the studies combined with the estimated number of homes that have elevated radon. The radioactivity of radon damages the tissue lining of your lungs when you breathe it in, and that damage may lead to lung cancer—or it may not.

    A number of other environmental and genetic factors also come into play. Smoking cigarettes enhances the lung damage done by radon, for example, and the EPA estimates that only 2,900 of the annual radon-related deaths in the U.S. are people who never smoked.

    But the fact that no one can state with certainty that a particular person’s lung cancer was caused by, or related to, radon does not mean it should be ignored. The science is very clear that elevated radon also elevates your risk of lung cancer. Why would you knowingly increase your risk of lung cancer?

    We recommend that you test the radon level in your home and, if it is higher than the EPA recommended limit of 4.0 pico-curies per liter of air, a professional radon mitigation contractor should install a system to reduce it down to below the 4.0 level.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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More Blog Posts on Safety Subjects:

  1. What is radon? Should I be concerned about it in Gainesville?

  2. This house has been empty and closed-up for months. Will the radon test come back sky-high?

  3. What are a homebuyer’s options when the radon test comes back high (4.0 pico-curies/liter or more)?

  4. How can I tell if a house has a radon mitigation system?

  5. Can a homebuyer do their own radon test for a real estate transaction with a self-test kit?

  6. Should homeowners get a pre-listing radon test before selling their home?

  7. Can a mobile/manufactured home have a high radon problem?

  8. What is the average radon level of indoor and outdoor air in America?

  9. What is radon? Should I be concerned about it?

  10. Is the electric panel big enough for this house?

  11. Why do you pay so much attention to electrical safety?

  12. Why does that wall plug have push-buttons in the middle?

  13. What do you look for when inspecting stairs?

  14. How do I remove cigarette odor in a house?

  15. What do you check when you inspect an electric garage door?

  16. Do you check the wall plugs?

  17. How can not testing for radon be an expensive mistake for homebuyers?

  18. What is the danger or radon in well water?

  19. What are the warning signs of a dangerous attic pull-down ladder?

  20. Will opening the windows reduce the radon level in a house?

  21. Do radon mitigation systems require maintenance?

  22. What is the operating cost of a radon mitigation system?

  23. Should I buy a house with a radon mitigation system?

  24. Is radon mitigation possible for a condominium?