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One In Fifteen Homes Affected by High Levels of Radon Gas

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A little known colorless and odorless gas may be seeping through the cracks in your home. It's called radon and affects 11 of every 15 homes in America.

Radon is part of our ecosystem, you can't get away from it,” says Premiere Home Inspector Derek Gander.  

Radon is a naturally occurring gas released in rock, soil and water.

It is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

Joplin homeowner Jeff Herr is selling his house and wants to make sure it's safe and ready for a new owner.

“We haven't heard of anyone who's had an issue in our neighborhood and quite frankly we're not worried about it right now either. We would just like to have peace of mind,” says Herr.

And that peace of mind is priceless, when you could go years without knowing that the air that you breath in your own home could be toxic.

Most of the homes in this neighborhood were custom built. And about twenty years ago when they were being constructed radon wasn't even on their radar.

Radon can build up and enter homes through cracks in the foundation, sewer lines, and water lines. And when it becomes a problem...

“You have to do a mitigation system. Basically it's pressurized...you're venting underneath the slab. We bore down through the slab have a pocket and use fans and basically you're venting the air from underneath the slab above the roofline,” says Gander.

Radon affects all homes, old and new, whether they're well sealed or drafty. So testing is important.

Testing your house for radon is very simple. Just set the charcoal based pallet out in closed conditions for 48-72 hours then send it to the lab and get results. 

Gander says that knowing where it is, is tricky.

“You never know. You could test one house and go right next door and the radon levels wouldn't be very high. You go next door and they could be really elevated."

In Joplin, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM NEWS.
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