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HI Sept 2019

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16 | September 2019 T he process of buying a home requires a good amount of investigation, even in the best of situations. When there are con- cerns that may be hidden or invisible, that just makes it even more important for those looking to buy a home to perform their due diligence. One very important example of this is determining if a property has (or is prone to having) a radon problem. Radon is a natural occurring radioactive gas that is a colorless, odorless and tasteless. It is practically undetect- able without the use of specialized detection equipment. The presence of radon in a home is concerning because Radon Protection: How Homebuyers can do Their Due Diligence By Robert Dekanski not only can it not be seen, smelled or tasted, the Surgeon General says that radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the United States today. In fact, about 2,900 of the 21,000 reported radon-re- lated lung cancer deaths include people who have never smoked. In addition, the elderly, young children, smokers, and anyone with breathing/lung or other respiratory issues can be at higher risk of severe illness or death when over- exposed to radon. While radon can be found in homes and other buildings across the entire United States, there are certain "radon zones" around the country in which the chances of finding radon in significant levels is higher than average. This is

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