RADON is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radio active gas in the ground that can seep into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation. It is formed during the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It can also contaminate well water. It is recommended that all homes be tested regardless of geographic location.
Health officials have determined that radon gas is a carcinogen that can cause lung cancer. Stu
dies show that radon is more of a risk to smokers, but non smokers have a slightly elevated chance of developing lung cancer when radon levels in the home are high. The only way to find out if your home contains radon is to perform a radon test.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends you install a system to reduce radon gas in your home if the level of gas is 4 picocuries of radon per liter or higher.
FACTS ABOUT RADON
- There are no average radon levels for a specific city, state or region.
- Houses without basements are as much at risk of radon contamination as houses with basements.
- It doesn't matter if your neighbors radon test was low or high, results of your home may be completely different.
Sections 307 and 309 of the Indoor Radon Abatement Act of 1988 (IRAA) directed EPA to list and identify areas of the U.S. with the potential for elevated indoor radon levels. EPA's Map of Radon Zones assigns each of the 3,141 counties in the U.S. to one of three zones based on radon potential: Zone 1 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) (red zones) Highest Potential Zone 2 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (orange zones) Moderate Potential Zone 3 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (yellow zones) Low Potential
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