Radon - What Is It?

Where you’ll find it: Radon may be found in any home in America.

How it got there: Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas naturally generated from decaying elements in the ground.  It can build up beneath a home’s foundation or basement and gradually seep into the living area.

How it’s dangerous: Over time, exposure to radon can cause cancer.  It’s the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.  And according to the EPA, it’s responsible for 21,000 deaths per year. Nobody can detect radon without a test, and radon levels can easily change from one home to the next. To test for it, you should hire a professional to perform an in-depth test. The EPA recommends installing a radon mitigation system if the results are 4.0 pCi/L.  One in four homes in America has radon.

What can you do about it:  The most common radon mitigation system drills a gap beneath the home to trap radon, then a fan forces radon through a pipe.  Other options also exist, and a professional can advise you as to the best solution for your home.  Radon mitigation specialist are licensed through individual states.  You should check with the state for a licensed Radon Mitigation Specialist.  After the work is completed, a follow up test should be done to ensure the radon level is reduced.