WHAT IS RADON?
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.
The EPA recommends mitigation if levels are 4.0 pCi/L or higher. At Green Home Inspections we follow the EPA's Protocols for Radon Measurement in Homes, we use state of the art, continuous radon monitors to determine the level of radon in your new home and provide you with an easy to read detailed report.
SHOULD YOU TEST FOR RADON?
Testing is the only way to know your home’s radon levels. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon. It typically takes years of exposure before any problems surface. The US EPA, Surgeon General, American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and National Safety Council recommend testing your home for radon because testing is the only way to know your home’s radon levels.
Radon is a national environmental health problem. Elevated radon levels have been discovered in every state. The US EPA estimates that as many as 8 million homes throughout the country have elevated levels of radon. Current state surveys show that 1 home in 5 has elevated radon levels.
WHAT does it COST?
A radon test and report cost $100 and can be scheduled in conjunction with your home inspection. Your report will tell you the current level of radon in your new home in an easy to read and understand detailed report. We will help put those results in context for you give you the information you need to move forward. Schedule your home inspection HERE and select to add a radon test when filling out the scheduling form.
There are different methods and costs to mitigate for radon. Each home is different and would need to be evaluated in person for the most effective method of mitigation for that particular home. At Green Home Inspections we follow the EPA's guidlines for radon testing and radon mitigation. If you would like a bid or more information about radon mitigation please call Green Home Inspections at (701) 371-2793
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT RADON...
Here a is a link to the EPA radon website