According to the EPA, “Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. You can’t see radon. And you can’t smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home”.
Radon, a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that causes cancer and if not detected can build up to unsafe levels in your home. Snowbound and stuck inside makes January a great time to make sure your home is free of radon. And that’s why EPA starts every new year pushing everybody to test for radon.
Detailed information is available in this pamphlet: A Citizen’s Guide to Radon.
“If a high radon level is found, the good news is that this serious environmental risk can be reduced by using simple, proven techniques comparable to the cost of other minor home repair or improvement projects,” said Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.
In today’s real estate market test radon levels is normally done during the home inspection period. The problem with radon in homes is that unless owners are aware of radon problems they don’t test until they sell. Fortunately, Radon test kits are available at hardware stores, home improvement centers, and online.
Qualified radon professionals can also perform tests and fix elevated levels.