Radon in Your Home

Most people are first introduced to Radon during a home inspection where not only does it come as a surprise to the buyer, but the seller as well. So what is radon, how does it sneak into your home, and what do you do about it?

Radon is an invisible, odor-free, and cancer-causing radioactive gas.  It sneaks into your home through construction joints, cracks in walls and floors, gaps in suspended floors and around service pipes, cavities inside the walls, and even the water supply.

In fact, it’s estimated that 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States has been found to have elevated radon levels.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they recommend randomly testing your home for radon to determine the risk level to your family. Even a low level can have health risks.

You can purchase inexpensive test kits from your local home improvement store such as Lowe’s or Home Depot. If you prefer having a professional, you can contact a qualified radon service professional to test your home. If the level found is 4 picocuries per liter or higher, it’s suggested that repairs be made or a radon reduction system be installed in your home.

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