The Dangers of Radon

According to the EPA radon gas is a class A carcinogen and is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water in the earth. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation.

Any home can have a radon problem. Nearly 1 in every 15 homes is estimated to have an elevated Radon level (4 pCi/L or more). The higher the home’s radon level the greater the health risk to you and your family. The EPA and the Surgeon General strongly recommend taking further action when the home’s radon test results are 4.0 pCi/L or greater.

You cannot predict radon levels based on state, local or neighborhood measurements. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. If you are buying a home you should know what the indoor radon level is before you settle. Reducing your radon levels can be done easily, effectively and inexpensively.

Why do radon tests fluctuate?

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