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Radon Testing and VA Loans

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Radon Testing in Homes with a VA Loan

Radon, True or False?

True or False: Scientists are not sure that radon really is a problem.

False: Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths due to radon, all the major health organizations (like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Lung Association and the American Medical Association) agree with estimates that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year. This is especially true among smokers, since the risk to smokers is much greater than to non-smokers.

True or False: Radon testing is difficult, time-consuming and expensive.

False: Radon testing is easy. You can test your home yourself or hire a qualified radon test company. Either approach takes only a small amount of time and effort.

True or False: Radon testing devices are not reliable and are difficult to find.

False: Reliable testing devices are available from qualified radon testers and companies. Reliable testing devices are also available by phone or mail-order, and can be purchased in hardware stores and other retail outlets.

True or False: Homes with radon problems can't be fixed.

False: There are simple solutions to radon problems in homes. Hundreds of thousands of homeowners have already fixed radon problems in their homes. Radon levels can be readily lowered for $800 to $2,500 (with an average cost of $1,200.

True or False: Radon affects only certain kinds of homes.

False: House construction can affect radon levels. However, radon can be a problem in homes of all types: old homes, new homes, drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements, and homes without basements. Local geology, construction materials, and how the home was built are among the factors that can affect radon levels in homes.

True or False: Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country.

False: High radon levels have been found in every state. Radon problems do vary from area to area, but the only way to know your radon level is to test.

True or False: A neighbor's test result is a good indication of whether your home has a problem.

False: : It's not. Radon levels can vary greatly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.

True or False: Everyone should test his/her water for radon.

False: Although radon gets into some homes through water, it is important to first test the air in the home for radon. If your water comes from a public water supply that uses ground water, call your water supplier. If high radon levels are found and the home has a private well, call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 800-426-4791 for information on testing your water.

True or False: It's difficult to sell homes where radon problems have been discovered.

False: Where radon problems have been fixed, home sales have not been blocked or frustrated. The added protection is some times a good selling point.