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WHAT IS RADON?

Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas.  You can't see, smell or taste radon but it may be a
problem in your home.  The Surgeon General has issued warning that radon is the second leading
cause of lung cancer in the United States today.  If you're home has high radon levels, you have an
elevated risk of developing lung cancer.  Because it is a single atom gas it easily penetrates many
common materials such as paper, leather, low density plastic, most paints and common building
materials such as gypsum board, concrete, mortar, tar paper, wood paneling and most insulation
.

WHERE DOES RADON COME FROM?

Radon is not produced as a commercial product.  Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and
comes from the natural breakdown of uranium.  This is usually found in igneous rock and soil but in
some cases it can be found in well water.


HOW DO I BECOME EXPOSED?

The primary route of exposure is through inhalation.  Radon gas that is entering the home becomes
inhaled over a lengthy period of time.  In some cases, radon can become ingested if found in well
water.

SHOULD I TEST FOR RADON?

The EPA, Surgeon General, American Lung Association, American Medical Association and the
national Safety Council recommends testing your home for radon because testing is the only way to
know if you have a radon issue in you're home. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you
to the presence of radon. It Typically take years of exposure before any problems surface.



HOW IS THE TEST PREFORMED?

Under strict conditions, a radon test can be preformed.  Most home inspection companies offer a
short term (48 hour) test with a continuous radon monitoring device.  Once the test is complete, the
data will be disclosed to the client.  If radon levels fall within the EPA action level of 4.0 or higher, the
buyer may choose to place a fixed radon mitigation system in the house.  This should be done by a
licensed professional.

MORE FACTS:

- The EPA and the Surgeon General's office have estimated that as many as 20,000 lung cancer
deaths are caused each year by radon.


- Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer

- At the 4.0 pCi/l EPA action guideline level, radon carried approximately 1000 times the risk of death
as any other EPA listed carcinogen.
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