What is it?
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste. But, it still may be a problem in your home. Although it is a naturally occurring gas in our environment, it is also the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S., according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Nearly one out of every 15 homes is estimated to have elevated levels. The Surgeon General and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommend testing all houses. Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for this gas, and you should, too.
Let your InterNACHI inspector test your home.
You cannot predict radon levels based on state, local or neighborhood radon measurements. Do not rely on radon test results from other homes in the neighborhood to estimate the radon level in your own home. Homes that are next to each other can have different radon levels. Carbon Monoxide Detectors and other common devices in homes do not pick up this gas. The only way to find out what your home’s radon level is have a Radon test performed. Your InterNACHI inspector uses special interference-proof air-canister testing devices that will measure the radon levels in different areas of the home over a limited period of time, which will help determine whether installing a mitigation system is recommended. A radon mitigation system can aid in continuously and automatically filtering outdoor ground air that enters the home, which will help reduce your home’s radon level.
If the results of your Indoor Air Quality test show elevated levels and your water comes from a private well, have your inspector test your water, too. The devices and procedures for testing your home’s water supply are different from those used for measuring levels in indoor air. If your water tests positive, this can add to your risk of exposure because the radon can be released into the air during showering and while performing household tasks using water.
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