What Is Radon?
The U.S. Surgeon General recommends that ALL homes be tested for radon gas.
Why is this so important?
Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless, radioactive gas released in rock, soil and water that can build up to dangerous levels inside any home. This means:
- new and old homes
- well sealed and drafty homes, and
- homes with or without a basement.
Breathing Radon in Your Home Can Cause Lung Cancer
Because radon gas is odorless and invisible, the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test for it.
Breathing radon can increase your risk of lung cancer. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among people who do not smoke and the second leading cause of lung cancer for people who do. The EPA estimates that radon causes more than 20,000 deaths from lung cancer each year in the U.S. If you smoke and your home has a high radon level, your risk of lung cancer can increase even more.