CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) - There are new concerns over a deadly gas that could be lurking in your home - radon.
It's a colorless, odorless and radioactive gas that could be seeping into your home from the ground. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and up until recently, home sellers had to let buyers know if radon or other potential problems were in the house.
But officials say the state no longer requires sellers to disclose that information.
Steven Harrison with the Virginia Health Department says it's up to home owners and buyers to get their homes tested.
"Because there are so many, it's virtually impossible to list all of those hazards and the risks associated with them," he says. "It's a buyer's beware market and up to the homeowner to take appropriate caution."
Harrison says much of the area is at moderate to high risk for radon, especially if you live in Central Virginia.
"Walking into a house, I mean you would have no idea if it's in your home or not."
Scott Wharton tests for radon across the area and says he's continually seen dangerously high levels of the deadly gas.
"Statistically from where I measured, Chesterfield is one of the highest."
But there are do it yourself tests that can be found at hardware stores between $10 and $15. Experts say if your home does test high, there are ways to mitigate the deadly gas.
The Virginia Department of Health says if you are a smoker, that does increase your chances of getting lung cancer from radon.
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