WHAT IS RADON GAS and WHY SHOULD I PERFORM RADON GAS TESTING?
Radon gas testing is imperative for home health. However, one of the questions I frequently get asked is “What is Radon?”. One of my biggest concerns is the lack of general awareness surrounding this dangerous gas. Radon is a radioactive, cancer causing gas that is odorless, tasteless, and colorless. It is completely undetectable except through approved testing techniques. Friends, families, and clients often have elevated levels for years before thinking better of it and testing their home. Radon is caused by the breakdown of uranium in the soils. This creates the radioactive gas – radon – that is attributed to causing almost 21,000 deaths per year according to the EPA. Radon gas is classified as noxious throughout the U.S.A. Your home acts as a trap for radon gas, allowing it to build up and preventing it from dissipating into the air naturally. Radon can enter through unsealed crawl spaces, cracks in floors and foundation, and also through the water supply. Something I often hear is that a new home shouldn’t have radon. However, I will tell you from experience in my own home, it doesn’t matter how old or new, radon levels vary from property to property. Radon levels at or above 4.0pCi/L are harmful over long periods of time in your home, and the EPA recommends mitigation at or above these levels. The EPA and Surgeon General issued a health advisory stating the potential life-threatening risk of radon, and the importance of testing your home.
“You should test for radon. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.”
– EPA, “A Citizen’s Guide to Radon” The sooner you start your testing process; the sooner you can fix the problem if you have it. You may not notice, but your home could be giving you lung cancer, and as your neighbor, I hope you will make the call to get tested, even if it’s not with my company. For more information on radon, visit EPA.gov/radon or my company’s website: AxiumInspections.com, or feel free to call the office, and we would be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.
WHY SHOULD I PERFORM RADON GAS TESTING EVERY 2 YEARS?
Many people will perform radon gas testing when they are purchasing their home. When the find the levels are low, they won’t think they have a problem. However, every year things in your home change. From your foundation settling, to new cracks, there are many things that can cause your levels to increase.
The EPA recommends retesting every two years. You should test even if you have a mitigation system. We utilize a third-party tester, The Radon Testing Company, who would be pleased to provide you a test.