How serious a high radon level is ultimately determined by each individual and their specific circumstances. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that seeps into homes from underground, potentially posing health threats like lung cancer if levels reach too high.
Overexposure to high levels of radon over an extended period can increase the risk of lung cancer; however, its exact effect varies based on factors like its concentration in the home, length of exposure time and individual characteristics such as smoking history.
If a home with high radon levels has been identified for sale, it’s essential that its potential purchaser carefully consider the costs and feasibility of mitigating it. Radon mitigation typically requires installing an exhaust system such as sub-slab depressurization system which uses fans to pull radon out through its foundation and out through vents before venting it to the atmosphere outside.
At times, radon mitigation costs may be relatively reasonable and provide an affordable solution to radon levels in homes. But in other instances, they could be prohibitively high or not suitable due to how the home was constructed or other factors.
At the core, whether or not a high radon level should be an absolute deal-breaker depends on your own personal priorities and circumstances. It’s essential to assess any possible health risks associated with living in an area with elevated radon levels before making a fully informed decision based on individual considerations.
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