Are Your Home and Family at Risk?

Radon can be a problem in all types of homes and has been found in homes in every state, including old homes, new homes, drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements and homes without basements. Radon can enter a home through the following areas:

  • Cracks in solid floors
  • Construction joints
  • Cracks in walls
  • Gaps in suspended floors
  • Cavities inside walls
  • The water supply

Protect Yourself

According to the U.S. surgeon general, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. today. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that all homes be tested for radon regardless of geographic location because of the link between radon and lung cancer.

The EPA also recommends the following:

  • If you are buying or selling a home, have it tested for radon.
  • For a new home, ask if radon-resistant construction features were used and whether the home has been tested.
  • Mitigate 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, can be reduced.

For more information about radon in your area or state by state radon maps visit the EPA website.

Hire a Qualified Radon Tester

It is important to get an accurate test. The best way to assure this is to hire a qualified professional, often a home inspector, to conduct the radon testing. A qualified tester knows the proper conditions, test devices and guidelines for obtaining reliable radon test results. Contact your local NPI inspector today to obtain reliable radon test results.

Reduce Radon Levels in Your Home

Since there is no known safe level of radon, there can always be some risk. But the risk can be reduced by lowering the radon level in your home.

There are several proven methods to reduce radon in your home, including the following:

  • Sealing cracks and other openings in the foundation
  • Installing a mitigation system with a vent pipe and fan to prevent radon gas from entering the home from below the concrete floor

The cost of reducing radon in your home depends on how your home was built and the extent of the radon problem. Most homes can be mitigated. The average cost is about $1,200, although this can range from $800 to $2,500.

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