Radon

"Radon causes more cases of lung cancer in America than anything but cigarette smoking. The good news is that we can reduce our exposure to this gas. But the only way to know whether the level of radon in the home is higher than recommended by the federal Environmental Protection Agency is to test it."
--DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty

Where Does Radon Come From?

According to the EPA, radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the U.S. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Radon can be trapped inside your home. It also can enter the house through well water. Any home can have a radon problem. This means old and new homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home. That is where you spend the most time. It has been estimated that nearly one out of every fifteen homes in the US has elevated levels of radon. In the state of Pennsylvania some very high levels of radon have been found. For more information on radon exposure in your area, see http://www.dep.state.pa.us/RadiationProtection_Apps/Radon/

However, you cannot estimate radon levels based on state, local and neighborhood radon measurements. Homes which are next to each other can have different indoor radon levels. While radon problems may be more common in some areas in the local community or state, any home may have a high level. Testing your home is the only way to find out your radon levels.

How is the Home Tested for Radon?

You can test your own home or hire an EPA-listed or state-certified Radon tester. Call your state Radon office for a list of these professional radon testers. CatmanDo Home Inspections is PA DEP certified (#2472), and we use sophisticated electronic measurement devices for our Radon gas measurements. We use a Continuous Radon Monitor manufactured by SUN Nuclear Corporation. These devices are calibrated yearly and have sensing capabilities to determine if there has been any tampering to affect the measurement results. The results of the test are available almost immediately through a download of data to our office computer. There is no waiting for a lab analysis with our measurement devices.

By law, all companies conducting radon testing and mitigation in PA must be certified by the Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) For more information visit: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/brp/Radon_Division/Radon_Homepage.http

Useful links;

Check the Radon levels by zip code

A Citizen’s Guide to Radon PDF

PA Radon homepage

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