Radon Gas Test and Measurements
"Indoor radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test, and fixed through well established venting techniques." - U.S. Surgeon General's Health Advisory
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. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high. Testing is the only way to determine your home's radon levels. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon. If it's determined your home has high radon levels, there are ways to correct a radon issue. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
The EPA recommends:
- If you are buying or selling your home, have it tested for radon.
- Sellers - Save test results and all information regarding steps taken to remedy any issues.
- Buyers - Ask the seller for a copy of radon test results. If the home has a radon reduction system, ask for information about the system.
- For a new home, ask if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the home has been tested.
- Fix the home if the radon level is 4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher.
- Radon levels less than 4 pCI/L still pose a risk, and in many cases, may be reduced.
- Take steps to prevent device interference when conducting a radon test.