HUD Introduces New Radon Testing & Radon Mitigation Regulations

Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 07:03 PM
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Radon Lung Cancer Threatens Ann Arbor Residents

Radon Lung CancerThe American Lung Association is proud of the recent efforts and accomplishments of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help improve the health of homes in Ann Arbor, and homes across the nation. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, also known as HUD will be improving the homes across America by making it mandatory for any multi-family home in that is financed through HUD to have a radon test to determine whether or not the home has high levels of radon gas. If the home returns high levels of gas, a mitigation specialist will be able to remove the gas and improve the safety of the home. HUD is actually making it mandatory that all multi-family homes financed through HUD with high levels of gas to be required to have a mitigation system installed.

If you have ever rented a home in Ann Arbor, you probably know that without any protective language in your lease agreement, your safety in regard to repairs and upkeep of the house is often determined by the landlord. This is extremely unfortunate as depending on the landlord, before now a mitigation system may or may not have been considered necessary even though there are numerous deaths from radon gas each and every single year.

There are roughly 21,000 people who die from radon gas each year. The rates of radon gas are so high that it is actually the second leading cause to lung cancer, and is responsible for roughly fifteen percent of all lung cancer cases. Understanding the number of deaths caused by this gas on an annual basis, and knowing how avoidable it is, basically makes this gas the asbestos of our time.

Action Against Radon Lung Cancer by HUD

HUD is part of a movement that is to improve the safety of all homes for everyone. Ann Arbor should rejoice at the good news this movement brings to the city. The association of organizations is known as the Federal Healthy Homes Work Group and is comprised of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Together these organizations can create a strong bond, and initiate and implement amazing ideas to improve the safety of homes across America.

The American Lung Association knows the direct impact this will have on reducing the number of annual deaths from radon lung cancer. If we eradicated radon gas from our lives, this should account for a decrease in 15% of all lung cancer cases. Not only will air purification systems remove this horrible radon gas from Ann Arbor homes, but it should also further improve lung health by removing moisture and giving your home extra ventilation. Call a radon expert today at S.W.A.T. Environmental to remove this gas from your Ann Arbor home, and reduce radon lung cancer.

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