June 9, 2021

Why Radon Testing is Important


Radon is a dangerous gas that could be lurking in your home without your knowledge. It has been blamed for 20,000 yearly deaths from lung cancer, and is currently the second-leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. How can you be sure that your family isn’t at risk? A professional radon test can tell you if the radon levels in your home are dangerous.

Radon gas forms as the result of uranium decaying in soil. The radioactive gas is released from the soil and travels upward into the air. Radon becomes harmful when it travels through a house and becomes trapped inside. The gas builds up and can become a carcinogen if it is not removed. The leading radon mitigation methods that can be used are best left to professional radon mitigation contractors.

Radon is measured by picocuries per liter (pCi/L), and the Department of Environmental Protection recommends mitigating any building with a radon measurement at or above 4.0 pCi/L. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, around 80 percent of American homes have not been tested for radon. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, so the only way to know if it’s in your home is by performing a radon test.

The EPA recommends hiring a qualified professional radon contractor to test for radon in the event that you are buying or selling a home. In many cases, this is even required during a real estate transaction. A Continuous Radon Monitor test is the most precise short-term radon test available today and it only takes about 48 hours to get a reading.

If you require radon testing in your home reach out to A-1 Radon and we can provide multiple options for Radon Testing. We provide electric Radon monitors and passive radon testing options. Some testing in out local area is Free.