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Inspection Can Reveal Whether Radon Problem Exists
Date:3/11/2011

High radon levels are found in "quite a few" homes, Smith said. "The big reason is the U.S. has some pretty high standards, so there are going to be a lot of homes that don't meet the standards," he said. "The whole point is to make sure everyone's got low levels."

The most pervasive myth about radon that Smith said he has to knock down is that homes without basements and homes with basements that have doors leading outside are not susceptible to high radon levels.

"If a house doesn't have a basement, it still has the same vacuum tendencies to draw in and collect radon," he said. "Anything attached to the ground has the potential, even if it's on a slab. Just because there's no basement doesn't change anything."

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A companion article on radon offers more on its health risks.

SOURCE: Brandon Smith, owner, Michigan Radon Agency, Battle Creek, Mich.


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