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Radon Gas Levels on the Rise in Pennsylvania

By: Marshall Chriswell

NBC News recently reported that toxic Radon Gas levels are at an all-time high in Pennsylvania, and seem to be continuing to rise. Some experts attribute the rising levels of Radon gas to natural gas extraction from shale rock formations, a practice commonly known as “fracking.” While this conclusion is nowhere near certain, increased Radon levels are a major concern for all Pennsylvanians.

What is Radon and Why is it dangerous?

Radon is a colorless odorless radioactive gas that is emitted from certain types of rock. When present in a home or other structure, it builds up in the basement or other lower levels of the building. Unsafe levels of radon can cause lung cancer. In fact, radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.

What can you do about it? 

The good news is that qualified home inspectors can test for radon, and advise homeowners or potential purchasers if unsafe levels of radon gas are present. If needed, a professional can install a radon mitigation unit, which is essentially a fan that evacuates harmful radon from the foundation of the home. Installing a mitigation unit is usually quick and fairly inexpensive.

When I meet with a potential homebuyer, I always recommend that they have a professional home inspection conducted, which should include a radon test. A qualified home inspector can identify all sorts of deficiencies in the home that the purchaser may not see during their visits. If radon is an issue, the inspection could save your life.

If you are considering purchasing real estate, and you would like advice on radon gas or any other issue, please contact the Chriswell Law Offices and set up a consultation today.