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Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. Radon is the result of the natural decay of uranium in soil, rock, and water, and enters the home from below. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges every homeowner to test for radon if you are buying or selling a home. In addition, the EPA recommends homeowners re-test their homes for radon once every two years.
How Dangerous is Radon?
The U.S. Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. today. It's the first leading cause in non-smokers. 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 your home can include:
How To Know if Radon is in Your Home
Since radon gas is undetectable to human senses, a radon test performed by a trained professional is the only way to know whether radon is present in your home. During a radon test, a radon detector will be temporarily set up on the lowest level of your home to monitor radon levels for approximately 48 hours. At the conclusion of the testing period, you will be provided with a report containing the results. The EPA's Radon Action Level is 4 pCi/L (picocurries per liter). Homes that test with 4 pCi/L or higher are recommended to have a radon mitigation system installed by a qualified professional.
Hire a Qualified Radon Tester
To ensure your home is safe, it's important to get an accurate test. The best way to assure this is to hire a qualified professional to conduct your radon test. Our inspectors at NPI are certified radon professionals with your family's best interests in mind.
As a qualified testing company, NPI knows the proper conditions, test devices, and guidelines for obtaining reliable radon test results. Contact our team to schedule your radon test today.
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