What is Radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water, and gets into the air you breathe. You cannot see, smell or taste radon. But it still may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Any home can have a radon problem, including new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest radiation exposure at home. That is where you spend most of your time.
How do I test for radon?
Radon testing is easy and the only way to find out if you have a radon problem in your home. Honest Home Inspection is certified by InterNACHI to conduct radon testing. We will place a pulsed ionization chamber test monitor in your home for 48 hours. The EPA recommends that testing device(s) be placed in the lowest level of the home suitable for occupancy. This means testing in the lowest level (such as a basement) which a home owner could use for living space without renovations.
The test must be conducted under closed-house conditions, which means keeping all windows closed, keeping doors closed except for normal entry and exit, and not operating fans or other machines which bring in air from outside. Fans that are part of a radon-reduction system or small exhaust fans operating for only short periods of time may run during the test.
It is also vital that no one touch, tamper or move the monitor. Efforts to tamper with it or alter the indoor environment will be recorded by internal sensors. Willfully tampering with a radon test is prohibited by law and may result in civil penalties.