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How Radon Gets into Your Home

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It is responsible for the loss of 21,000 lives annually. Yet, most people know little about it.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas. It is created when uranium decays and is found in almost all soil. Radon moves up from the ground and enters the home through cracks and holes in foundation. Once inside the home, the radon air is trapped and builds. Radon can affect any home whether new, old, drafty, etc. Since it cannot be smelled, it is impossible to detect the gas without testing.

Although soil is generally the main source of radon, radon can also enter through well water. Additionally, building materials may give off radon. However, this is rare.

When building a new home, there are radon-resistant construction techniques you can employ. These relatively simple techniques are inexpensive and help reduce radon levels inside the home. However, even if the home is built with these techniques, it does not guarantee it will be safe. Homes may still contain a higher level of radon than 4pCi/L which is the accepted limit. In those homes, radon can be mitigated by installing a vent fan.

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One out of every fifteen homes is suspected to have unhealthy radon levels. If you have been exposed to high levels of radon, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Rhinelander personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by dialing 800-242-2874 to set up a free consultation.