What is Radon, and why do we check for it?

One of the most common things to be thrown up by the homebuyers survey is that of Radon gas. It can have a severe effect on the sale of the property. It is not present in any significant numbers throughout all of the country, but there are parts where it is highly concentrated. Like many other aspects of the Conveyancing part of the house buying process, it needs to be examined. Sam Conveyancing can help with this. Everything you need to know about conveyancing is on their website.

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Radon is a gas. Like Natural gas, it cannot be tasted in the air, nor can it be smelt. It is dangerous as it is radioactive. This can be carcinogenic in large doses. For the most part, Radon gas is released from the natural occurrence of uranium in rocks and stones and is present everywhere.

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All of the buildings in the UK have radon gas, and so does the surrounding landscape. It is more pronounced in the South West. For example, Cornwall is very strong in Radon gas throughout. There are concentrated pockets such as Dartmoor in Devon, Wales and the Cotswolds from Bristol up to Leicester. The Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, and the Cairngorms are also strongly concentrated areas. There are ways to remove it if it is too focused.  Overall there is no need to be particularly concerned.

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