What is Radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. The surgeon general has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.
Where is it found?
Radon can be found all over the U. S. It can migrate into any building, home office and schools and build up to high levels. A family is most likely to get their highest exposure at home. That’s where they spend the majority of their time.
How does Radon enter your home?
It primarily moves up through the ground to the living areas above through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Any home may have Radon, new or old.
Testing for Radon:
Testing is the only way to know if your family is at risk. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for Radon.
If you planning any major structural renovations, such as converting an unfinished basement area into a living space, it is important to test the area for Radon before beginning such work. It your test results indicate a problem, the remediation technique used will be less expensive and can be included as part of the renovations.
In closing, if you have a concern about Radon levels in your home or a home you may be purchasing, and would like to have your home tested, feel free to contact me.