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What is radon and is it a problem?

A HIP has said that 1-3% of houses in an area we are looking at has radon levels above the government's acceptable levels. What does this mean and what can be done as a buyer to check whether it is a problem?

Asked on Aug 5 2009, General in Leeds | Report content

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  • Radon is a colourless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas produced by the decay of radium, which is naturally found in rocks like granite and shale. Because it is a radioactive gas, it can eventually lead to lung cancer. But don't panic! Radon is everywhere and almost certainly in your home right now. It's all about acceptable risk/exposure. From the HIP it sounds like some properties have more radon in them than the government's public safety level. If the amount of radon was completely unacceptable then the property would have been condemned and demolished, so what's likely to be the case here is that the property will just need to have some renovation done to it in order to better seal it against radon seepage from the ground below. You can find some information from the link below.

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    Answered on Aug 6 2009, Report content

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