Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. How do you know if your home contains this toxic gas? Book an InspectorCor Radon Test.
Radon is the Second Leading cause of Lung Cancer
According to the EPA, it is estimated that Radon causes 21,000 deaths each year from lung cancer. This number is second only to Smoking-related lung cancer deaths. Smokers who are also exposed to Radon are 20 times more likely to die from lung cancer.
Where should you Start?
Before you can begin any mitigation strategy, it’s important to first determine the Radon levels present in your home.
Radon levels are measured in Picocuries Per Liter (pCi/L). The EPA recommends considering Radon mitigation at levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. Homes with Radon levels above 4 pCi/L should have a mitigation system installed.
An InspectorCor Radon Test can tell you if your home has high Radon levels. Contact us today.
Once you know the Radon levels for your home, you can decide if you would like to implement a mitigation system. The EPA doesn’t recommend mitigation systems for levels below 2 pCi/L. Reducing levels any lower is difficult.
There are special systems designed specifically for Radon mitigation. The goal of these systems is to prevent Radon gas from entering your home. They may be passive systems, requiring little to no power, or they may be actively powered systems.
InspectorCor Home Inspections doesn’t sell or install mitigation systems, but we can recommend companies that do.
Radon is produced from the natural decay of uranium and radium, found in rocks and soil. Uranium breaks down to radium, and radium eventually decays into the gas radon. Radon gas is in the soil and is common throughout North Carolina. Because soil is porous, radon moves up from the soil and into the home. It can then accumulate in the air and become a health concern.