Radon Is A Radioactive Gas, Every Home Should Have A Radon Test Done To Know The Radon Levels
Each year, it is responsible for more deaths than brain cancer, melanoma, or bone cancer. People in every state and in every country on the globe are exposed to it usually in their own homes. And while there are daily news reports about the quality of drinking water and warnings of pesticides in food, few people know about the simple, yet effective ways to protect themselves from radon, the second-leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States.
Radon Gas is naturally produced during the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. You can’t see radon. You can’t smell radon and you can’t taste radon. Unlike carbon monoxide and many other home pollutants, radon’s adverse health effect, lung cancer, is usually not produced immediately. Thus you may be exposed to radon for many years without ever suspecting its presence in your home.
The USEPA action level for radon is 4.0 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). The risk of developing lung cancer at 4.0 pCi/L is estimated at about 7 lung cancer deaths per 1000 persons. That is why USEPA and IEMA recommends reducing your radon level if the concentration is 4.0 pCi/L or more.
What do the colors mean?
Zone 1 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) (red zones) Highest Potential
Zone 2 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (orange zones) Moderate Potential
Zone 3 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (yellow zones) Low Potential
The purpose of this map is to assist National, State, and local organizations to target their resources and to implement radon-resistant building codes. This map is not intended to be used to determine if a home in a given zone should be tested for radon. Homes with elevated levels of radon have been found in all three zones. All homes should be tested regardless of geographic location (per the EPA).
Testing is relatively inexpensive, easy and is the only way to know whether you are at risk. It is recommended that a radon test be performed on all home purchases.
Radon inspections can be performed as a stand alone test or in conjunction with any other inspections we offer. Call our office for details or schedule online.