The Facts About Radon
What is Radon Gas?
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You can't smell it, see it, or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon gas, you increase your chance of lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels,your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
SURGEON GENERAL HEALTH ADVISORY
- If you are planning on buying a home or selling your home, have it tested for radon.
- For new homes, ask if radon resistant construction features have been used.
- Fix the home if the radon level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher.
How Can You Get Reliable Radon Test Results?
The best way to obtain reliable results for radon levels is to hire an independent radon test provider. ProTech Home Inspection, Inc. uses Continuous Monitoring Systems to test for radon and results are published by an EPA Certified Laboratory.
Radon Has Been Found In Homes All Over The U.S.
The EPA warns not to rely on radon test results taken in ther homes in the neighborhood to estimate the radon level in your home. Homes that are next to each other can have different indoor radon levels. While radon problems may be more common in some areas in the local community or state, any home may have a problem. Testing your home is the only way to find out what the radon levels are.
Learn more about radon gas by visiting the EPA website: www.epa.gov.