Why test for radon?
There are so many reasons why you NEED to know how much radon is in your home. Continue reading below to see why you should have your home tested for radon.
- Radon is a radioactive element that is part of the radioactive decay chain of naturally occurring uranium in soil. The pressure inside our home is usually lower than the pressure in the soil surrounding our home's foundation. This difference in pressure acts as a vacuum literally sucking radon in through foundation cracks and other openings such as sump pump pits, and crawlspaces. Your home will then trap the radon inside where it can build up to very high levels.
- Radon is "The Silent Killer". You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer.
- Radon is the LEADING cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the number one risk in homes according to the Harvard School of Public Health, Center for Risk Analysis.
- According to the Kane County Health Department, out of the 10,000 homes and buildings that were tested between 2003-2011, nearly 45% were found to be above the action level. The action level is 4 pCi/L. This level of radon is the equivalent of smoking 8 cigarettes a day! There are NO safe levels of radon!
- The Surgeon General of the United States urged Americans to test their homes to find out how much radon they might be breathing. The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer each year.
There's only one way to find out how much radon is in your home and that is to have it tested. There is NO reason for you and your family to be breathing in this harmful gas. Even a bad radon problem can be corrected. Do yourself and you family a favor by giving me a call or text today to schedule a test. It's fast, easy, affordable, and will allow you to rest easy at night knowing exactly how much of this deadly gas is in your home.