What Is Radon And How Do I Protect My Home?

Radon GasI attended a “Radon for the Real Estate Professional” class this week and thought I should share information about this very important subject with everyone I know.

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes naturally from the soils our homes are sitting on. It moves up inside our homes and gets trapped. Radon is a Carcinogen and can damage our lung similar the effects of smoking a half a pack of cigarettes a day. Besides smoking it is estimated that Radon Gas is the #1 cause of Lung Cancer in the US.

Radon is measured in picoCuries and the level at which we need to take action recommended by the EPA is 4.0 pCi/L. Cache Valley generally runs 6.2 and Utah in general is at the midpoint in exposure. Because of homes being closed up during the winter months we should all be testing in the wintertime. So let’s all test NOW!!!

Testing for radon is simple and easy. You can order test kits online ($6.00 includes lab fees) as well as find all of your questions answered by the professionals at www.radon.utah.gov .

Radon mitigation is not as difficult as you may think. The cost can range from $1,200 – $1,800. The goal is to collect the gas before it reaches the inside of the home and discharging it into the outside air.

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