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What is Radon Gas and Why Should you Care?

Radon gas is a pervasive problem that affects homes across the world, and it poses a serious health risk to those who are exposed to high levels of the gas over a prolonged period of time. When you sell or buy a home, radon gas levels are tested to ensure the safety of the home. Even if you have no immediate plans to move and aren’t aware of your home’s radon levels, this information will be helpful to understand the risks. Radon has not always been tested in a home if you purchased the home more than 20 years ago.

Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Although it is present in the air we breathe, high levels of radon can pose a serious health risk, particularly when it accumulates inside homes and buildings. In fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and is responsible for an estimated 21,000 deaths each year in the United States.

It is important to be aware of the dangers of radon and the steps that homeowners can take to protect themselves and their families. Radon can be present in any home, and the absence of it in neighboring homes does not guarantee its absence in your own home. Radon can enter a home through cracks in the foundation, walls, or floor, as well as through well water. The only way to determine the level of radon in a home is to have it tested. There are multiple approaches to assess the presence of radon in the air. One option is to purchase an at-home testing kit from a nearby hardware store. Alternatively, one may choose to engage the services of a licensed radon professional.

Radon gas is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air. The EPA recommends taking action to reduce radon if the result is 4.0 pCi/L or greater. If a home has high levels of radon, there are several remediation options available, including sealing cracks in the foundation, installing a vent pipe and fan system, or using a radon mitigation system. These solutions are effective in reducing the levels of radon in a home and can be performed by a professional contractor.

Radon is a serious health concern for homeowners and should not be taken lightly. If you are a homeowner or a prospective buyer, it is recommended that you have your home tested for radon and take the necessary steps to reduce exposure if high levels are detected.

While radon might not be something you think about every day, it’s definitely something to keep on your radar. If you’re concerned about radon in your home or workplace, talk to a professional about testing and mitigation options. Stay safe and healthy!

If you are thinking of selling, radon gas is tested at home inspections. Consider testing before you list your home so you are aware of any potential issues. Call or text me for guidance on other potential issues before selling your home. (203) 650-6870

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