What is Radon? Why should I be concerned about it?
Radon Is A Cancer-Causing, Radioactive Gas
You Can’t See Radon. You Can’t Smell It Or Taste It. But It Could Be A Problem In Your Home…
Radon is a naturally occurring gas found in soil, rock and water. All homes have some level of radon in and around them, but a test is needed to determine if you’re at risk. The radioactivity and lack of radon detection has led the EPA to consider it the leading cause of lung-cancer among non-smokers. Radon is undetectable by the human eye, and must be tested with proper equipment from a licensed radon inspection company such as Pillar Premier Inspections.
Radon Can Be Found All Over The U.S.
Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breath. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building — homes, offices, and schools — and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.
You Should Test For Radon
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for radon.
Pillar Premier Inspections is certified to perform radon testing around the Central MO area. If your radon test is part of your new home inspection process, we will make every attempt to drop off our machine at the listing location 48 hours prior to your home inspection. Some cases, a machine will be brought to the inspection and collected 48 hours or so later. We will provide a report the same day we pick up the machine so the homes radon levels will be known.
You Can Fix A Radon Problem
Radon reduction systems work and they are not too costly. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels. If there happens to be a Radon Mitigation System in the home, you should definitely have a Radon test done to make sure the system is operating properly. More info on How to fix your home can be found on the EPA’s website. (PDF)
New Homes Can Be Built With Radon-Resistant Features
Building a new home? Radon-resistant construction techniques can be effective in preventing radon entry. For more explanation of radon resistant construction techniques, download or view Building Radon Out: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Build Radon-Resistant Homes. (PDF)
We advise homebuyers to add the radon testing to reduce your risk and for peace of mind. For more information on RADON and its risks, download or view “Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon”. (PDF)