What is radon?
Radon is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless radioactive gas, and it can’t be detected without special testing. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Some scientific studies indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. The US EPA, Surgeon General, American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and National Safety Council recommend testing your home for radon because testing is the only way to know your home’s radon levels.
Why is radon a problem?
The problem occurs when radon gas enters your home and gets trapped. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. 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.
How does radon get in your house?
Radon typically moves up from the ground into your home through cracks or holes in the home’s foundation. Radon can build up, as it gets trapped inside your home. Any home could possibly have a radon problem, whether the house is old or new, well-sealed or drafty.
How do you test your home for radon?
Radon is measured in picoCuries per Liter (pCi/L). While the average indoor radon level is 1.2 pCi/L, the risk level that necessitates radon remediation is 4 pCi/L. It is recommended to consider remediation if your home’s levels are between 2-4 pCi/L.
There are two kinds of tests to measure home radon levels. Short term tests which take about 48 hours to complete and are useful to see if further testing is needed. Long term tests can take several months and will provide a more accurate indicator of the average annual radon level, which can vary.
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