Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, a by-product of the decay of uranium and radium. Studies of humans exposed to both high and low levels of radon have shown increased occurrences of lung cancer. Radon gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless, so the only way to know the level of radon in your home is to test for it. AmeriSpec® radon inspection service includes the placement of testing devices to measure ongoing levels of radon in habitable areas of homes. These measurements evaluate the level of radon to determine whether any form of improvement is required. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, you should take steps to resolve the issue if your radon level is 4pCi/l or higher. The EPA document, A Citizen's Guide to Radon (Third Edition), provides basic information everyone should know about radon. For more information on how to reduce risks to your health posed by radon, call your State Radon Office for copies of these guides:
Identifying a radon problem begins with knowing what to look for, which isn’t exactly easy when you’re dealing with an invisible, odorless gas. That's why our professionally trained inspectors know the signs to look for and have the tools to identify any radon problems in your home or business.
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