- Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas found in soil and rock. It seeps into homes through cracks in the foundation, walls and joints.
- In some parts of the country, ground water can be a major source of radon. All homes should be tested for radon.
- Learn more about radon in ground water and drinking water.
- Among non-smokers, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
- Lung cancer due to radon exposure claims about 21,000 U.S. lives annually, based on EPA estimates.
- More information about radon exposure and lung cancer.
- In many cases lung cancer can be prevented; this is especially true for radon-related lung cancer.
- Using common materials and straightforward techniques, builders can construct new homes that are resistant to radon entry.
Financial Assistance for Mitigation
If you are unable to pay for mitigation, there are two assistance programs that may be able to help you either pay for the system or get a loan to mitigate your home.
If you meet the federal criteria of being in poverty, you may be eligible for a “forgivable loan.”
The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency
The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency helps low-income homeowners who need urgent repairs, accessibility modifications, comprehensive rehabilitation or energy-related home improvements by providing funds to local governments and nonprofit organizations which provide these services. We do not provide funding directly to individuals.
If you need help financing necessary home repairs, such as radon mitigation, go to their website and find the local organization that serves your county.
If you DO NOT meet the federal criteria of being in poverty, you may be eligible for a loan that will allow you to make payments to get your home mitigated.
The North Carolina Self Help Credit Union
Your home should be a safe place. But high levels of a radioactive gas called radon could be putting you at risk. Exposure to radon in the home is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., second only to smoking.
Here's the good news: testing for radon is easy and affordable, and there are several proven methods to reduce radon in your home. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs.
Don't have enough cash on hand to pay for radon mitigation? Self-Help is here to help. Radon mitigation loans can help you manage the cost of fixing this serious health hazard.
Go to the Self Help Credit Union website for more information: http://www.self-help.org/personal/loans-credit/radon-mitigation-loans.html or To apply, contact Steve Reardon: firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 956-4669