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JANUARY IS RADON AWARENESS MONTH By Pillar to Post

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Any home can have a radon problem – old or new homes, well-sealed or drafty homes, homes with or without basements. The EPA estimates that nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in theU.S. have elevated radon levels. Prolonged exposure to unsafe levels of radoncan increase the risk of lung cancer; in fact, radon is the second leadingcause of lung cancer after smoking. Lung cancer caused by avoidable radonexposure is preventable, but only if radon issues are detected and mitigatedprior to prolonged exposure in homes and buildings. There is real risk in notknowing if a home has a high level of radon.

WHAT IS RADON?

Radon is a naturally occurring odorless, colorless, radioactive gas formed by the ongoing decay of uranium in soil, rocks, sediments, and even well or ground water. While radon that escapes into the atmosphere is not harmful, dangerously high concentrations can build up indoors, exposing occupants to possible health risks.

HOW DOES RADON GET INTO A HOME?

Radon can migrate into the home in several ways. Openings or cracks in basement walls, foundations or floors are common avenues. Sumps, basement drains, and spaces between gas or water fittings can also allow radon into the structure. Other entry points can include gaps in suspended floors and cavities within walls.

HOW CAN I MAKE SURE MY CLIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AREN’T AT RISK?

We encouragehomeowners to add radon testing to the home inspection process. Your Pillar ToPost Home Inspector will set up the monitoring equipment in the home and reporton the results. If an elevated level of radon is detected, steps can be takento reduce the concentration to or below acceptable levels inside virtually anyhome. This can include a relatively simple setup such as a collection systemwith a radon vent pipe, which prevents radon from entering the home in thefirst place. Professional mitigation services can provide solutions for ahome’s specific conditions.

Contact Pillar To Post Home Inspectors to schedule radon testing when you book your next home inspection. www.pillartopost.com