Radon is an odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that can be found in homes across the United States. It is released into the air as a result of the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.
This dangerous gas enters your home through small cracks and holes in the foundation. Your home then traps radon inside which can accumulate at high levels and over time can greatly increase your risk of developing serious health problems.
You should know that any home can have a radon problem. AmeriSpec routinely gets elevated readings on new homes, old homes and homes with basements, crawl spaces and even slab constructions. Testing is the only way to know if a home has elevated radon levels. It's estimated that nearly one out of every 15 homes in the United States has elevated radon levels.
According to the Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and is estimated to cause approximately 14,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
Any exposure to radon has some risk of causing lung cancer. Therefore, the Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend testing for radon in order to know whether there are dangerous levels present in the home. Radon levels of 4.0 pCi/1 or less are considered to be within the acceptable range. However, any readings higher than this should be mitigated.
There is no need for elevated radon levels to cause problems with the sale of a home. There are a variety of methods available for correcting radon problems in the home and even very high levels can be reduced. Radon problems vary from area to area, but the only way to know if a home has a problem is to have it tested. Check with your local office for details on radon inspections, as local service offerings may vary.
Source: <a href="https://www.epa.gov/radon/index.html/" target="_blank">https://www.epa.gov/radon/index.html</a>