Radon is a radioactive gas with cancer-causing properties. Although it is odorless, tasteless and invisible, it can cause major problems for homeowners and their families. Radon testing is the only way to detect this type of gas in the home.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 20,000 people die each year to radon-induced lung cancer. In fact, radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the world. Nearly two billion dollars are spent annually on medical treatments. Radon exposure is costly in both in lives and money.
Testing and Radon Mitigation
Fortunately, radon testing is quick and easy and radon reduction systems are affordable. In fact, radon mitigation projects cost about the same as most home repairs. Do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowners can usually fix the problem with small investment.
When high levels of radon are detected, trained professionals should treat homes and make them safe. Professional services cost more than DIY projects but they can give homeowners more peace of mind. Radon mitigation systems reduce high concentrations to acceptable levels. Some systems can lower the levels by 99 percent.