Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.
The US EPA has established the “action level” for deciding when you need to “do something” about the radon in your home, school, or work place is 4 pCi/l.
4 pCi/l is the level accepted by most states and US territories.
Tom Frey is a licensed radon inspector. Radon Certification is necessary for the testing, mitigation, consultation and assessments of radon.
What is Radon?
Radon is a rare radioactive gas belonging to the noble gas series. It is known to be the second leading cause of lung cancer. Although it may be in your home, it cannot be detected by sight, smell or taste. The only way to check the radon levels in your home or business is by testing.
As stated before, radon is estimated to cause over 20 thousand deaths each year from lung cancer. However, most symptoms take many years to show up. Radon poisoning symptoms can be similar to lung cancer symptoms such as: persistent cough, difficulty breathing, chest pains, recurring pneumonia or bronchitis.
How to Test for Radon
You can either purchase a Radon Test Kit or have a qualified professional like FLBIG test your home. The EPA recommends that all homes below the third floor be tested for radon. It is estimated that 1 in 15 homes in the U.S. have elevated radon levels.
Where is Radon in Florida?
In Florida, elevated radon measurements have been found in 1 out of 5 tests. For more information about Radon in Florida visit the EPA website.
What we test for:
- Mold growth and fungus
- Dust mites