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Change in Virginia Real Estate Code May Be Exposing Home Owners to Radon

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A new change in Real Estate Code might make it easier for a seller to withhold knowledge of radon.

Richard Dickerson, a radon tester and home inspector in the Shenandoah Valley, said this change may expose individuals to high levels of radon gas.

"I have just been made aware that there is a change, that it is no longer necessary for a homeowner to disclose a presence of radon in their home to a prospective buyer," said Dickerson.

Ryan Paris, Radiation Safety Specialist at the Virginia Department of Health, said the Radon Division just learned about the change in Real Estate Code. Now, they want to get the word out.

Stacy Ricks, with the Virginia Association of Realtors, said a buyer always has the right to have a property inspected and tested before closing on a property.

"If you have family that live in a home, it is very important to have it tested because it can potentially save you from getting lung cancer," said Josette Miller.

Miller is the founder of the Valley Cancer Support Group. She first heard about radon when her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer.

"It is the second leading cause of lung cancer," said Miller.

Radon is naturally occurring in the soil and seeps in through cracks in your home, where it can get trapped.

Dickerson said homes in Shenandoah Valley have a higher amount of radon levels, because of the abundance of uranium that yields higher radon levels.

"Forty percent of homes in the Shenandoah Valley will have high levels of radon gas present," said Dickerson.

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