Radon is a common problem in homes throughout the country — as many as one in 15 U.S. homes has high levels of radon, according to the EPA. But certain geographic regions are more likely to be affected.
Testing your home for radon helps ensure the health of loved ones inside. Radon testing your home is easy to overlook, but the air quality inside a home is a direct link to the well-being of your family. Radon build-up causes thousands of lung cancer deaths throughout the country every year. Protecting you and your family’s health starts by having your home professionally tested for radon. TRUE BLUE Home Inspectors offers Radon testing in all of its inspections. TRUE BLUE will recommend steps to mitigate unsafe radon levels if found.
What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Radon gas is inert, colorless and odorless. … Most radon exposure occurs inside homes, schools and workplaces. Radon gas becomes trapped indoors after it enters buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation.
What is the threat of Radon?
Exposure to Radon Causes Lung Cancer In Non-smokers and Smokers Alike. Lung cancer kills thousands of Americans every year. Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer. Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer.
How Does Radon Get Into the Home?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. … Because of this difference in pressure, your house acts like a vacuum, drawing radon in through foundation cracks and other openings. Your home then traps the radon inside, where it can build up.
Here are the most common ways that Radon can enter your home:
- Construction joints
- Crack in the solid floors
- Crack in the walls
- Cavities inside walls
- Gaps around service pipes
- Water supply
- Basement sump pumps
- Pipe entrances
Radon inspections for your home
The best way to protect yourself from Radon is testing. TRUE BLUE Home Inspectors will help you protect against these dangers by detecting Radon gas building up in your home. All results come back from a EPA certified Radon Laboratory. Radon testing is the best way to mitigating this potential danger.
Who Should Have Their Home Tested for Radon?
EPA RECOMMENDS: 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 if the home has been tested. Fix the home if the radon level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher.
What are the dangers of Radon?
When radon gas enters the body, it exposes the lungs to small amounts of radiation. In small quantities, experts say this is harmless. However, in persistent exposures or larger quantities, radon can damage the cells of the lining of the lungs, increasing a person’s chance of developing lung cancer.
Keep your family healthy by booking a radon inspection today!