Do I need to test for Radon?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classes radon as a carcinogen, meaning that radon poisoning can lead to cancer. It is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause in smokers.
Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L are considered safe, however lower levels may still pose a risk. Is your home located in Zone 1? Radon testing will definitively determine the pCi/L level in your specific home so that you may take a proactive approach to your family’s health.
Radon is a health risk, as it is not detectable and does not cause noticeable symptoms until its transformation into lung cancer. Radon poisoning is symptomless, meaning that it gives no meaningful indication of exposure. A person cannot smell, taste, or see radon with the naked eye. It also does not produce any effects in the body until causing the cellular changes that might lead to lung cancer.
Radon tends to enter buildings at their lowest point. It often makes its way in through splits in foundations, cracks in walls, gaps around pipes, cavities inside walls and the water supply. The gas is likely to build up in poorly ventilated, airtight buildings.
Levels vary a great deal between locations and, although the half-life of radon is less than 4 days, it can build up in high concentrations, especially in areas of low elevation, such as basements. Two adjacent homes and even two adjacent rooms can vary significantly in their levels of radon.