EPA Home Buyer’s and seller’s guide to Radon
- Did you know that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking?
- The EPA and The Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for Radon.
- Be sure to order a Radon test with your Home Inspection. Keep you & your family safe from the hidden dangers of Radon.
- I realize most people find it difficult to understand radon, a colorless, odorless, inert radioactive gas.
- You cannot see it, smell it, taste it or feel it, yet we cannot completely avoid breathing radon.
- There is about 0.35 pCi/L of radon in the outside air we breathe. Understanding the risks associated with radiation exposure is even more perplexing.
- I hope reading this information will enable you to make an informed decision about the radon levels measured in your house.
According to the following EPA radon risk chart, radon is a serious health problem.
If 1,000 people were exposed to this level over a life time who are:
Annual Radon Level…………..Smokers…………………..Never Smokers
20 pCi/L——————–14% or135 people—–0.8% or 8 people could get lung cancer
10 pCi/L——————–7% or 71 people—–0.4% or 4 people could get lung cancer
4 pCi/L———————-3% or 29 people—–0.2% or 2 people could get lung cancer
2 pCi/L———————-2% or 15 people—–0.1% or 1 person could get lung cancer
The following represents our opinion, based on our understanding of the radon issue from several sources.
- If the house tests above 4 pCi/L most experts agree it is prudent to install a system that can permanently reduce your families exposure to radon.
- If the house tests below 4 pCi/L most experts agree that there is a relatively low probability of significant health risk at this low level of exposure. However, we recommend retesting the radon levels once you move in, to verify this low reading.
- Industry surveys show that up to 30% of the radon tests in real estate transactions are subject to some ventilation.
- If the house tests average 4 pCi/L or higher, there is no need for panic, but it is recommended to have it mitigated. It can be fixed.