What is Radon?
Radon gas is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas. It is formed by the breakdown of uranium, a natural radioactive material found in soil, rock and groundwater.
Why is Radon a Problem?
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. In the United States, the EPA estimates that about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year are radon related.
How Does Radon Get Into the Home?
Radon gas is constantly seeping out of the ground. In open areas, radon dissipates into the air, but radon can also seep into houses through crawlspaces and even through tiny gaps and cracks in the foundation. Homes with basements, crawlspaces, and slabs-on-grade are all vulnerable to radon entry. Once radon is in the house, radon levels build up, sometimes to unsafe levels. Any home, old or new, may have a radon problem.
Which Homes Should Be Tested For Radon?
The Environmental Protection Agency and Health Canada recommend that all homes. It is estimated that 1 in every 15 homes in the United States has elevated levels of radon.
Radon Testing for Your Home
The primary defense against the dangers that radon poses to your family’s health is having a home inspector test it to detect unsafe levels of radon. Using state-of-the-art testing equipment, Pillar To Post™ Home Inspectors can accurately measure the radon levels in your house. Gathering this data and helping you to understand this phenomenon will provide peace of mind as you look to make your home healthy for your family. Radon testing is the crucial first step in mitigating this potential danger.
Radon Testing From Pillar To Post™
Contact your local Pillar To Post™ Home Inspector to learn more about this and other additional services you can include in your home inspection.
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