If there is not already enough to think about when buying a new home , I do not expect that you have considered the dangers of Radon . I did not have , until my lawyer brought it to my attention and I started to look into the matter in some detail .
So what is radon , and where it is prevalent ? Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally and not surprisingly the second biggest cause of death from lung cancer in the UK , after cigarettes .
Most of the south - west England based on rock formations that contain and produce an unusually large number of Radon . This can mean that the gas poses a potential danger to property owners in many areas of Somerset , Devon and Cornwall . So if you buy a home in areas that you are careful and consequently the problem can be eliminated .
Radon occurs naturally and originates from the decay of radium , which is itself a product of decaying uranium in rocks and soil itself. In the south - west of England there is a rock band that stretches from near Taunton in Somerset , right down to Penzance in the west and beyond , but there are also many other high-risk areas in the south - west of England .
Gas can build up in the home in an amount more than what is called the " action level " of 200 becquerels per cubic meter .
The good news is that there are ways to eliminate the problem of radon in domestic properties and does not cost a lot of money to do so . This includes entering the underfloor sump from which the gas is then pumped away from home . The average cost is around £ 1000 or $ 1750 , and also by increasing under-floor ventilation , regular cost around £ 500 or $ 875 . A simple radon test pack costs about fifty pounds . If you are considering buying a new home , or indeed an older property in the south - west of England it is a good idea to check whether the anti- radon measures already built in. They are often located in this region , although you still have to check the safe .
And if you are selling a property in these areas also have the checks carried out as well , because it can hold up to high levels of home sales , or you may be faced with a proportion of total sales is reduced and held in trust , until the results are known , and the problem is fixed .
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