Did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer?

January is 
National Radon Action Month
However, radon is a year-round concern. 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. 

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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 offers radon testing for both air and water. If you have a well, it is recommended that you test both at the same time. If your results are high, remedies to correct the problem are available through professional radon mitigation companies. 

If you'd like to test for radon yourself, 
during the month of January, 
the CT Department of Health is offering 
a FREE radon test kit, while supplies last! 
For more info, click here.

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