Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What Is Radon & Why Do I Care?

You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. But it still may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air we breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Radon can also enter your home through well water. Your home may even trap radon inside.

Although the Outer Cape isn't thought to be a high risk radon area, it doesn't hurt to be a bit smarter about it. Check out the EPA's home buyers' guide to radon ... Here.

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