Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. According to the EPA, Tennessee is a known hot spot for radon, and indoor radon levels on average in our state are higher than is considered safe.
Homes in the greater Knoxville area average 5.1 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). The EPA maintains that levels of 4 pCi/L or higher are considered hazardous. In fact, 4 pCi/L is equivalent to receiving 200 chest x-rays per year or smoking 8 cigarettes per day. The EPA strongly encourages anyone buying or selling a home in Tennessee to test for radon.
Is Radon Dangerous?
The U.S. Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. today. Radon can be a problem in all types of homes and has been found in homes in every state.
Factors that can affect radon levels in homes include:
• Local geology
• Construction materials
• How the structure was built
How to Know if Radon Is in Your Home
You should test your home for the level of radon gas present in indoor air. If you have high radon levels, a mitigation system can be installed to solve the problem. Even very high levels of radon can be reduced to acceptable levels.
Hire a Qualified Radon Tester
When you suspect that your home may have high radon levels, it’s important to get an accurate test. Your NPI inspector is a certified Radon Tester, utilizing the latest technology to provide a certified report.
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