Frequently Asked Questions About Radon
What is Radon?
According to the CDC, radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is odorless and tasteless. It is formed from the radioactive decay of uranium. Uranium is found in small amounts in most rocks and soil. It slowly breaks down to other products such as radium, which breaks down to radon.
Radon enters your home through cracks in your foundation and walls, as well as openings around drains. Radon is most concentrated in the lowest level of the home.
How does radon affect my health?
According to the EPA, "radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime. Not everyone exposed to elevated levels of radon will develop lung cancer. And the amount of time between exposure and the onset of the disease may be many years."
How do I test my home for radon?
All you need to test your home for radon is a home radon test. The amount of radon in the air is measured in picoCuries per liter of air or in "Working Levels." To order a HomeAire home radon test, click here.
Our Short Term Liquid Scintillation (LS) Radon in Air Test Kit requires only 48-96 hours of testing. Our HomeAire Radon in Air Double Test Kit includes two kits to meet EPA Real Estate Simultaneous Testing Protocol requirements that two test devices be placed side by side, four inches apart in the selected testing area. Additionally, this radon home test kit may be used if a second test is required based on the results of the initial test.
How does the radon test process work?
The test should be placed in the lowest lived-in level of the home. The radon test should be placed in a location where it will remain undisturbed by drafts, high heat or humidity. After the radon test is completed according to directions, it should be mailed to the laboratory. A lab report will then be returned to the consumer within a few weeks indicating whether they should pursue radon remediation. The EPA also recommends that you retest your home every two years to be sure radon levels remain low.
How can I lower the radon level in my home?
The EPA recommends that radon mitigation be achieved with an active soil depressurization (ASD) system - vent pipe system and a radon fan, which pulls radon from beneath the house and vents it to the outside. Additionally, it is recommended that cracks in the foundation be sealed to aid in radon reduction.
Can I install a radon mitigation system myself?
The EPA recommends that those households with radon problems use a contractor who is trained in radon remediation. To find a radon mitigation professional, click here.