The Importance of Testing for Radon
Testing for radon isn't something that we think about every day, it isn't even something most people think about once a year. It usually comes up during a real estate transaction, other than that, radon is not something you hear about on a routine basis, which is what makes it so deadly.
" Not enough people know about radon, too many people die from radon exposure. Radon is a radioactive gas. It’s a natural element in the earth that you can’t see or smell but it can be deadly and a lot of people don’t realize how dangerous it is and how to protect themselves and their families from those risks." - Bill Long, Branch Chief for Radon and Air Toxics in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation
Radon is a silent killer because it is odorless, colorless and radioactive. The only way to know if your home has high levels of radon gas is to test your home.
" We encourage people to test their home for radon. We need to take steps to prevent this problem, to prevent it from concentrating indoors, to prevent people from having to breathe this known carcinogen. We can test homes easily, we can easily repair and install the equipment that is useful to keep families safe, we can build homes that don’t have this problem." Janice Nolen,Director of National Policy for the American Lung Association.
There are two types of testing: long and short term. The long term tests evaluates data from a 90 day range, while the short term test takes approximately 3 days to perform. The EPA suggests that the short term tests are over 94% accurate.