Rid Radon from Your Home
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on a mission to alert people about the dangers of radon and how to avoid them. An invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas caused by the breakdown of uranium in the earth, radon rises up from the ground under a home, and is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. To protect you and your loved ones from this insidious gas (there are no immediate symptoms of radon exposure), the EPA suggests testing your home for radon every two years, and retesting any time you move, make structural changes to your home, or occupy a previously unused level of a house. According to EPA estimates, one in every 15 homes nationwide has a radon level at or above the recommended radon action level of 4 picoCuries (pCi/L) per liter of air. If your level is 4 pCi/L or more, you can remedy the problem by sealing cracks in your foundation or investing in more expensive and effective systems that suctions the radon as it seeps out of the soil under your home. To find out about free or low-cost testing and what type of system is best for your home and budget, go to epa.gov/radon. For general information about radon, visit radonmonth.org or call 800-767-7236.