CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - If you have concerns about Carbon Monoxide in your home experts say there is another natural gas to worry about.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, one in every 15 homes in the United States has Radon.
Sam Herndon, franchise owner of Amerispec Inspection Services said every home in Missouri is positive for Radon.
“We have so much radioactive material in Missouri that in the Lead Belt in Iron and Madison County there’s nearly enough Radon to mine Uranium," he said.
Radon is found in soil, rock, and in the ground. Ground pressure pushes the radon upward into the air and settles into lower parts of homes such as basements.
Herndon said, this is not anything new more and more home buyers are getting radon inspections before they move in.
He said, if it’s a newer house it really needs to be done. Radon gas has always been around it’s not a new thing.
Energy efficient tightly sealed homes are the new thing over the last 20-30 years and those homes are highly likely to already have it.
Herndon also said, if you do not smoke or work around Asbestos then getting lung cancer from Radon is a preventable act.
He urges that if you are a home buyer to hire an inspection service.
“As a home buyer you want to have a radon test done with a continuous duty monitor,” Herndon said.
If you are a homeowner, then your local home improvement stores have Radon kits available to test in homes.
However, Radon in homes can be cleared if found.
According to the EPA, the method to get rid of Radon is a vent pipe system in which a fan pulls the Radon from under the house to the outside.