Radon is a Cancer-Causing, Radioactive Gas
You cannot see, smell, or taste radon, but it still may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.
How Does Radon Get Into Your Home?
Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils.
Typically, it moves up through the ground to the air above, but with a house above the natural escape route, radon goes into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation - This includes cracks in sump pump pits! Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up.
Any home may have a radon problem. This means new/old homes, well-sealed/drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
You should test for Radon
EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.
Unfortunately, testing for it is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels. However, it is just good information to have about your own living space.
Can a Radon Problem be Fixed?
If you find that you have high radon levels, there are ways to fix it. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
Unfortunately, we aren't able to do the improvements ourselves, but, thankfully, Insight will give you a list of Radon Mitigators that will help you fix the issue!
If You are Buying a Home:
EPA recommends that you know what the indoor radon level is in any home you consider buying. Ask the seller for their radon test results. If the home has a radon-reduction system, ask the seller for information they have about the system.
If the home has not yet been tested, you should have the housed tested.
If you are having a new home built, there are features that can be incorporated into your home during construction to reduce radon levels.
The radon testing guidelines have been developed specifically to deal with the time-sensitive nature of home purchases and sales, and the potential for radon device interference. These guidelines are slightly different from the guidelines in other EPA publications which provide radon testing and reduction information for non-real estate situations.