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Radon Testing: Truth vs. Myth
Most Americans know very little about radon and why it’s important to have their home—or prospective home—tested for elevated radon levels.
Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in homes across the U.S., and especially in Maryland. While radon problems may be more common in some areas, any home may have a problem. The only way to know about your home is to test. Metro Capitol Home Inspection Services has certified radon testers who can help you.
Breathing radon in your home can cause lung cancer
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil and water that can build up to dangerous levels inside any home; this means new and old homes, well sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without a basement. Radon gas is odorless and invisible and the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test for it.
Breathing radon can increase your risk of lung cancer. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among people who do not smoke and the second leading cause of lung cancer for people who do. EPA estimates radon causes more than 20,000 deaths from lung cancer each year in the U.S. If you smoke and your home has a high radon level, your risk of lung cancer can increase even more.
Radon has been found in every state
Homes with high levels of radon have been found in every state. In fact, radon levels can vary greatly from home to home—even levels next door can be very different.
Radon is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), a measurement of radioactivity. In the United States, the average indoor radon level is about 1.3 pCi/L. The average outdoor level is about 0.4 pCi/L. The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend fixing homes with radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L. EPA also recommends that people think about addressing these issues in their homes for radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L.
You should test for radon
Testing your house for radon is easy. If your house has a radon problem, it can be fixed. Fixing a radon problem reduces the risk of lung cancer for you and your family.
A simple test will tell you if your home has a high radon level. Our radon tests last 48 hours, and, once interpreted, a full report is emailed to you for your review.
You can fix a radon problem
Help is available to fix a radon problem. You can call your state radon office to find qualified radon mitigators in your area. Also local companies with radon mitigators can be found in the phone book or online. The cost to reduce radon depends on how your home was built and how you use it. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs.
To schedule a radon measurement for your home, go to the "Schedule" page and make an appointment today. Our test is non-intrusive and takes a continuous measurement of the air in your home for 48 hours.
Further Radon formation and Acknowledgements
Further in-depth radon information and publications are available at http://www.epa.gov/radon/index.html or by calling 1 (800) 23-RADON for a free information packet.
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