HUD Makes Radon Testing & Radon Mitigation Mandatory with New Policy

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 09:03 PM
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Why Radon Lung Cancer Reduction is needed in Lancaster, PA

Radon Lung CancerRenting a home or apartment in Lancaster, PA can be an exciting experience, but it can also be unhealthy and stressful. If you do not know what all is covered in your lease agreement, or if your landlord does not agree to provide the healthy environment you need, you may spend much of your own personal time and money to simply make your Lancaster apartment safe when you may not even live there next year. Luckily, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has set new standards in place that will help protect you from radon lung cancer.

If you do not know, radon gas is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the soil beneath your Lancaster, PA home. As this gas is created naturally, it may enter through the water supply, or even the foundation. No matter how the gas enters, it is important that you take the necessary action to remove it before it destroys your home and health. Radon lung cancer now accounts for 15% of all lung cancer cases, and is the second leading cause of it.

21,000 people pass each year from death because of radon lung cancer. It is important to know that all of these deaths could be prevented if a properly installed radon mitigation system had been in place. Lancaster citizens who rent may have not had one installed before as it would not benefit them the second they move out. Luckily, there is good news from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD Improves Radon Lung Cancer Rates in Lancaster

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, also known as HUD, has now made it a mandatory regulation that all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD must have a radon test. This is needed for everyone’s safety as this gas is both odorless, and colorless, meaning that the only way to truly determine if it is safe is through a test. Once a test is conducted, a professional will be able to have a much better idea of the threat level of your apartment or home in Lancaster, and what actions are necessary in reducing radon lung cancer. Lancaster residents may celebrate with the good news of how HUD is looking out for your health.

In addition to receiving testing, all multi-family homes that are financed through HUD that return results of high levels of gas will be regulated to have an air purification system installed to reduce the levels of gas. This is an important step in radon lung cancer reduction as the these purification systems have been proven to reduce levels by as much as 99%. S.W.A.T. Environmental, and the American Lung Association both applaud the action taken by HUD in helping us reduce radon lung cancer, and making Lancaster a much safer place for all. Call us today, and get rid of this horrible gas in your multi-family home.

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