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Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 05:03 PM
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Regulation in Place to Reduce Radon Lung Cancer in Lexington

Radon Lung CancerIn real estate situations, we often are not fully aware of what we are getting ourselves into. In Lexington, KY, when you purchase a home, you want to ensure that there has been a full inspection in order to make for certain that your investment is protected. While we take this proper care for our own homes, we may still overlook some problems that are hard to find. Issues with plumbing, or the foundation are hopefully fully inspected in order to know what you are getting yourself into, but radon gas is something that is not always tested for, resulting in radon lung cancer.

In Lexington, KY, radon gas is a serious threat. If your home has not been protected through having a mitigation system installed, you could be at risk. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and kills 21,000 people each year. If you are a tenant or renting your home, then you may not have all of the necessary inspections completed on your Lexington home to ensure that it is safe. Often, tenants and renters are the ones who get the short end of the stick when it comes to safety.

Where Radon Lung Cancer Comes From

Radon gas forms deep in the soil beneath homes in Lexington, and makes its way through foundations and into homes. It may also enter the water supply, even if you are not located directly above it. Regardless of how it gets into your home, mitigation is the only way to properly remove it. Radon testing is the only way to determine if your home is being effected as the gas is both colorless and odorless. In order to know for sure if your home is in trouble, you will need a test. Without a test, your guess is as good as mine when it comes to whether or not the gas is trapped inside.

Luckily, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development has created a plan that should regulate the health of rental properties. Anyone who owns a multi-family home financed through HUD will be required to have a radon test to determine whether or not the home is infested with radon. If radon exists, then a mitigation system will be required to be installed in order to protect the home.

The American Lung Association is extremely proud of all the work HUD has done to make this possible. With these new regulations, you can be sure that renting a home in Lexington, KY has just got a lot safer. In addition to reducing radon lung cancer, other related gases will be reduced as well and overall lung health should be improved as an air purification system will reduce the amount of other gases present in the Lexington home. Celebrate with us, as the nation has just taken a step forward in Lexington, KY for radon mitigation with the help of HUD.