HUD Introduces New Radon Testing & Radon Mitigation Policy

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 08:03 PM
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Threat of Radon Lung Cancer in Charlotte

Radon Lung CancerIf you live in Charlotte, NC, then your home may need some radon mitigation. If you are renting your home from a landlord, then this is not always your decision as to whether or not the home receives proper testing and treatment. You could use your own money to fund this, but you would not own the mitigation system afterwards. Sadly, without a lease agreement that has been carefully looked over by an attorney, and intense legal language added, your lease agreement probably does not protect your safety from many things that you would assume it would.

Radon gas is a serious threat to homeowners and residents in Charlotte, NC. As stated above, you may or may not have the true protection you need. Radon gas is a major concern for the American Lung Association as it is known to kill 21,000 people annually, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer. In total, radon gas accounts for approximately 15% of all lung cancer cases. One would think that if all homes across the nation had a mitigation system that we could save so many lives, and reduce radon lung cancer deaths, but sadly this has not happened.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has taken a step in the right direction in regard to the safety of tenants. If you live in a multi-family home, you may be in luck. All multi-family homes that are financed through HUD will be required to have a radon test in order to determine whether or not they have high levels of radon gas. This is important for Charlotte residents as you cannot see or smell this gas, making testing the only possible way to know for certain that your home is being affected. Additionally, any multi-family home that is financed through HUD that has high levels of radon gas will be required to have a mitigation system installed.

The American Lung Association Applauds Radon Lung Cancer Reduction

The American Lung Association is extremely pleased with this news, and the efforts of HUD. These efforts stem from the group known as the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group. This group is made up of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency. These organizations are combining together to improve the quality of homes, and ensure that home safety is more of a priority in Charlotte, and across the nation.

It should also be noted that the air purification systems improve lung health not only by reducing radon lung cancer, but by removing excess moisture from Charlotte homes, and providing added ventilation to remove other gases or harmful inhalants. S.W.A.T. Environmental is proud of the actions that HUD has made to realize the importance of home safety in regard to radon, and take the necessary action in regulating it.

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