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New Tech Protects Homes from Invisible Radon Threat

August 11, 2017 • Walt Bonner

You don’t have to smoke to get lung cancer. If you’re unlucky and don’t take precautions, all you have to do is breathe the air in your home. Radon — a colorless and odorless radioactive gas found in soil — causes more than 21,000 deaths from lung cancer every year in the U.S. — more than carbon monoxide and house fires combined. Released from rock, soil and water, the uranium-derived gas can reach dangerous levels in even the best-built homes. Read more here.

Radon Could Be A Hidden Threat In Your Home

June 20, 2017 • Bill Wellock

Realtor Debra Harris had found just what her client wanted. A duplex on Morgan Street in Throop was remodeled, in move-in condition and at a price she could afford. It checked all her boxes for an investment property. But when the home inspection came back, there was an issue: radon. A walk through the home wouldn’t show any sign of the odorless, colorless gas that comes from the decay of uranium. The gas causes lung cancer and is the primary cause of the cancer among people who don’t smoke, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, and most counties in Pennsylvania, are in the EPA’s highest zone for highest potential for unhealthy radon levels. “She was going to have tenants in there, so she definitely needed that addressed,” Harris said. The seller wound up installing a radon mitigation system to close the deal. As Harris remembers, it cost about $2,500.

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