What homeowners need to know about radon!

Because most radon testing is currently happening as part of the real estate transaction, you may not have heard of “radon” or know much about it. We want to change this!

What is radon gas? You cannot see radon, taste radon, or smell radon. But this radioactive gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the United States.

How does radon enter the home? A decay product of uranium, radon gas permeates through soil and rocks, and enters homes through a variety of ways:

  • Cracks in solid floors
  • Construction joints
  • Cracks in walls
  • Gaps in suspended floors
  • Gaps around service pipes
  • Cavities inside walls

Reduce your risk. Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors making indoor air quality very important. Ensure that the air your family is breathing is safe. Radon testing is easy and should only take a few minutes of your time.

When should you test? If you haven’t had your home tested, test as soon as you can. If the levels are above the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level of 4.0 pCi/L, it is recommended to retest or to mitigate to reduce the radon levels in your home. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs.

If the levels are below the action level, the EPA recommends retesting every two years to ensure that the levels stay below 4.0 pCi/L.

Please note that the EPA recommends that homeowners consider mitigation if radon levels are at 2.0 – 4.0 pCi/L. Keep in mind, it’s impossible to reduce the radon levels to zero, but the best way to approach it is to try to get it down as low as possible.

Renovating? If you are planning a home renovation, test for radon prior to the start of the renovation. If the test results in elevated levels, radon-resistant techniques can be included as part of the renovation. Because major structural renovations can change the level in your home, also test once the work is complete.

Renovations include but are not limited to:

  • Finishing an unfinished basement
  • New heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • New windows
  • Weatherization efforts
  • Addition or removal of powered vents
  • New siding
  • New roof

Protect your family from radon, and schedule your test today!


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