If You Are Buying a Home…
The EPA recommends that you know what the indoor radon level is in any home you consider buying. Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United States. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Radon can also enter your home through well water. Your home can trap radon inside.
Any home can have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest radiation exposure at home. That is where you spend most of your time.
Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level (4 pCi/L or more). Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in homes all over Oregon.
EPA & the Surgeon General Recommend You Test Your Home
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.
U.S. SURGEON GENERAL HEALTH ADVISORY
“Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques.” January 2005
You cannot predict radon levels based on state, local, and neighborhood radon measurements. Do not rely on radon test results taken in other homes in the neighborhood to estimate the radon level in your home. Homes which are next to each other can have different indoor radon levels. Testing is the only way to find out what your home’s radon level is.
For more information please read The EPA’s Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide To Radon.
If You Decide Against Radon Testing…
This page was designed to inform you of the potential dangers of Radon, and the standards set forth by The Environmental Protection Agency for new home purchases to combat the preventable health risks associated with Radon exposure. If you choose to continue with the purchase of the home without a test, you acknowledge that Inspectek West, Inc has conveyed the information to you and you agree to hold harmless Inspectek West, Inc for any damages or health issues arising from Radon exposure.