The Dangers of Radon

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You will never be able to see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you or someone your living with smokes and your home has high radon levels, the risk for developing lung cancer significantly increases and puts you at high risk.

Some scientific studies of radon exposure have shown that children may be more sensitive to radon. There are many factors that could go into this, but among the main reasons could be that a child’s respiration rate is higher and/or their cells are rapidly developing. Because of this, children can be more vulnerable to radiations damage. It is always a smart decision to have a radon test performed with your home inspections. This can help you determine whether or not your new home needs a radon mitigation system installed or not.

We only use EPA listed radon testing units. This gives you the peace of mind knowing that you will have a complete and thorough examination of your future home. In the vent you do need a mitigation system installed, we can point you in the right direction and help you receive 10% off the purchase of a Radon Mitigation System.

Facts to know about Radon:

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Surgeon General’s Office have estimated that as many as 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused each year by radon.
  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
  • Radon-induced lung cancer costs the United States over $2 billion dollars per year in both direct and indirect health care costs. (Based on National Cancer Institute statistics of 14,400 annual radon lung cancer deaths – Oster, Colditz & Kelley, 1984)
  • According to the US EPA, nearly 1 in 3 homes checked in seven states and on three Indian lands had screening levels over 4 pCi/L, the EPA’s recommended action level for radon exposure.
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