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Radon Testing

Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, occurring naturally as a decay product of radium. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States next to smoking. Radon enters your home through the soil. To be sure levels of radon in your home are safe for habitation, a 48 hour continuous measurement in the lowest living level of your home will be conducted.

One thing to keep in mind is that radon is everywhere, some areas just have higher levels of it. Radon is measured in picocuries per liter, or pCi/L. The natural outdoor level of radon in the United States is 0.4 pCi/L. The US EPA has set the action level of indoor radon levels to be 4.0 pCi/L, meaning any measurement found in a home at this level or greater requires radon mitigation. Most homes in this area measure in around 2-4 pCi/L of radon. You can view a map of areas across the United States and what the average measurement is by visiting epa.gov.

Radon testing starts at $99. I use a 3rd party company I trust, Radon Safety Squad, to perform the radon measurements. If you have any more questions visit the EPA’s frequently asked questions section.