Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

January is 
National Radon Action Month
Clients often ask me,
"What is radon and should I test my home for it?" 

What is radon?
Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water. Although radon can sometimes enter your home through well water, radon from soil gas is the main cause of radon problems. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation, trapping radon inside, where it can build up. Any home, no matter the age or condition, may have radon problems. Radon is radioactive and a proven carcinogen. After smoking, exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US and responsible for an estimated 21,000 deaths every year. The EPA recommends homes be fixed (mitigated) if the radon level is 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) or more. 

  For more info, visit the EPA website and the CT DPH website
Should I test my home?
You should definitely test your home for radon! The EPA map of radon zones in CT shows elevated levels in all zones with the highest concentrations along the shoreline. You can either test for radon on your own by purchasing a test kit from a lab or home improvement store, or you can have it professionally tested. 

Eagle Home Inspections is prepared to test for radon in both air and water at the time of your home inspection. If you have a well, it is recommended that you test both at the same time. If it turns out that your results are high, there are remedies available to correct the problem through professional radon mitigation companies. 

Ron Rivard

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