What Is Radon Gas?

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Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. According to the Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. And if you’re a smoker, your chances of contracting lung cancer are even higher if your home has high levels of radon.

Radon gas has been found in homes all over #Virginia. EPA recommends that you know what the indoor radon level is in any home you consider buying in Winchester VA.  If the home has a radon-reduction system, ask the seller for information they have about the system. If the home has not yet been tested, you should have the home tested. If you are having a new home built, there are features that can be incorporated into your home during construction to reduce radon levels.

If you are thinking of buying a home in# Winchester VA, you may decide to accept an earlier test result from the seller.

Make sure that the test is done in the lowest level of the home suitable for occupancy. This means the lowest level that you are going to use as living space that is finished or does not require renovations prior to use. A qualified radon tester can help you make some of these decisions. If you decide to finish or renovate an unfinished area of the home in the future, a radon test should be taken before starting the project and after the project is finished. Generally, it is less expensive to install a radon-reduction system before (or during) renovations rather than afterwards.

In a new home in #Frederick county VA, the cost to install passive radon-resistant features during construction is usually low. In an existing home, it usually costs between $800 and $2,500 to install a radon mitigation system.

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