Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that originates in the soil and rocks around homes or buildings. Being a gas, it can easily enter the home through foundation cracks and openings. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
Homes in Pennsylvania are particularly prone to radon issues, which makes it all the more important that all homeowners understand the risks and that they understand the options for testing and remediation whether they are involved in a real estate transaction or not. Realtors® can utilize the following resources for their own education and to assist buyers and sellers in understanding their options.