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If you are in the market for a new home, you have already considered countless factors. One important yet often overlooked activity is to radon test a new home you are considering purchasing. Radon is an invisible, colorless, odorless gas that seeps into homes from the soil. Radon is radioactive due to being the byproduct of broken-down uranium and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. (more…)

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Radon may be undetectable to human senses, but the gas is still around us so how dangerous is radon gas? Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in rocks, soil, and water as a result of thorium and uranium breaking down. Trace amounts of radon are released into the air as those elements break down. Radon can then seep into homes built on natural soil through foundation cracks, slab joints, and the water supply. (more…)

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Ever since the fracking boom has taken off, some are concerned with the effects such a dramatic increase can lead to. One of those concerns is an increase in the levels of radon, which is a deadly gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Several studies on the subject have sought to find out whether a connection exists, specifically: does fracking increase radon gas risks? (more…)

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Radon resistant construction is a term you hear used a lot these days, especially in the state of Pennsylvania. With the rise of research pointing towards radon as the cause for many different health issues, including lung cancer, industry and government have shifted to figure out how to handle the radon situation. As a contractor or builder, you are most likely familiar with radon gas and the danger that this invisible gas can pose, but are you aware of the push to lower indoor radon levels in the country? (more…)

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Radon is a gas emitted from soil or rocks that can enter into buildings through cracks in the floors or walls or in joints around pipes, wires or pumps. Every house is different, so each home has to be tested individually. Over the last few years research has linked radon gas exposure to blood cancer, specifically, in women. We have known for many years that radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer and that other health risks exist, so continued testing and monitoring has taken place. Links between exposure to radon and blood cancer in women have…

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Pennsylvania has seen a larger than average amount of homes with elevated radon levels in recent years; both officials and the public are concerned. This uptick in radon levels is the reason testing has become a top priority: to keep the general public safe. Short-term radon testing is a way to find out if an immediate issue is present, and long-term testing is used to monitor levels over time. Both types of testing have value in Pennsylvania. (more…)

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Radon and radon remediation have become important topics around the United States in the last decade as more and more information is being discovered about the adverse health effects of radon. With the number of homes in Pennsylvania, and countrywide, affected by radon gas, many contractors are becoming informed and using radon-reducing building methods. (more…)

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As a contractor, you have to be aware of protecting yourself and, of course, the clients you are working with. Countless things could cause issues when you are building a new home or repairing an older one. Radon has been a well-documented issue in Pennsylvania for a number of years now, and radon testing the homes you build or repair could prove invaluable. (more…)

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For years we have heard rumblings about having nationally mandated radon testing carried out in schools. Now, a bill in the House is aimed at introducing the subject in the state of Pennsylvania. While this particular bill may leave some issues unaddressed, many see the bill as a sign of things heading in the right direction. Why has testing schools become a more important issue? (more…)

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