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Radon in apartments in Sweden

Just how dangerous is it

post 13.Mar.2013, 12:54 PM
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My Swedish boyfriend and I were about to put a bid on an apartment when we found out that the apartment had Radon in it. We asked the Realtor for more information on the levels and whether it was in ground rock or the concrete but heard nothing back from him, so despite the bidding getting underway yesterday we decided not to place a bid.

Does anyone know much about Radon in apartments in Sweden and just how dangerous a thing it is to live in an apartment that has it. I don't know whether we have over reacted or whether it was wise to not put an offer on the apartment.

Thanks in advance!
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post 13.Mar.2013, 01:01 PM
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Location: Stockholm
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Slides 5 onwards contain the interesting figures:

Radon accounts for 450 lung cancer cases in Sweden each year, out of a total of 3000 cases, most of which are due to smoking. If you are a non-smoker, the risk is very small.

Naturally you should get the figures from the radon measurements done at the property, it could be a non-issue.

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Bender B Rodriquez
post 13.Mar.2013, 01:25 PM
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Proper ventilation and cleaning can remove much of the dangers of radon. Most houses do not any problems and for those who have higher levels the above steps are sufficient. Too high levels are not allowed in residential properties.
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post 13.Mar.2013, 02:15 PM
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as its an apartment is it bostad. The komune has a record of all the radon levels that have been recorded. It is up to the bostad to fix any properties with high levels or they can face large fines from the komune
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post 14.Mar.2013, 02:33 PM
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Location: Dalarna
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The dangerousness really depends on what measures have been taken to get rid of the radon such as fans/ventilation systems

Is it natually occuring radon or is the building build with radon emitting materials (blÄbetong)?
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post 14.Mar.2013, 03:35 PM
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Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers [in the US], according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked.

Source: EPA

Radon is very dangerous for smokers. Not so much for non-smokers.
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Swinglish 1
post 15.Mar.2013, 07:30 AM
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A different source on Radon for you!
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post 15.Mar.2013, 11:51 PM
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Thank you so much for the information. We feel we have a better overview of Radon now. Whilst we decided not to go for that apartment, I'm sure the issue of Radon will come up again and then we can be better prepared for what questions to ask etc smile.gif

Thanks again!!
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