Southtowns Home Inspection

RADON TESTING INFO

Who should be concerned about Radon?

  • Everyone...

  • You have a 2x greater chance of dying from Radon than Drunk Driving, nearly 3x from Falling in your home or Second Hand Smoke, and 7x from Drowning or a Home Fire.

  • Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause lung cancer. You cannot see, feel, smell, or taste radon. Testing your home is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. Radon testing is inexpensive and easy to do. Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for radon.

Facts...

  • Radon is a worldwide health risk in homes. Most radon-induced lung cancers occur from low and medium-dose exposures in people's homes. Radon is the second most important cause of lung cancer after smoking in many countries.

  • Lung cancer kills thousands of Americans every year. Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and causes an estimated 159,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. every year (American Cancer Society, 2014).

  • Radon is the number-one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked.

  • For smokers, the risk of lung cancer is significant due to the synergistic effects of radon and smoking. For this at-risk population, about 62 people out of a 1,000 will die of lung cancer, compared to about seven people in 1,000 who have never smoked.

  • Put another way, a person who has never smoked and is exposed to 1.3 pCi/L has a 2-in-1,000 chance of dying from lung cancer, while a smoker has a 20-in-1,000 chance. The risk to smokers compared to those who have never smoked is six times greater.

  • The CDC estimates are even higher, if you smoke and live in a home with Radon, your risk of lung cancer is increased 10 times.

  • For most Americans, their greatest exposure to radon is inside their homes, especially in rooms that are below grade (such as basements), as well as rooms that are in contact with the ground, and the rooms directly above them.

  • Radon testing is inexpensive and easy to do. Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for radon.

  • The only way to know you have a Radon problem is to Test.

Myths...

  • Radon only affects older homes? False... the age of the home has nothing to do with it, no home is exempt, not even new builds.

  • Radon testing is difficult and expensive and homes with it cannot be fixed. False... testing is affordable and comparable to getting any other major applicable in the home tested or tuned up.

  • I'm ok, my home was tested a few years ago. Not really… the EPA even recommends checking radon levels at least every two years as radon levels can fluctuate within a calendar year due to change based on several factors, including your home's construction, the type of soil beneath your home, whether you have a finished basement or a crawlspace, and even the climate in which you live.

Erie County Data...

  • Between 2015 and 2019, only 0.3% of the homes were tested, of which yielded the following results in the chart to the right

  • The EPA recommends that if radon is found at or above 4 pCi/L, those levels should be mitigated. To put in perspective, the average indoor radon level is estimated to be about 1.3 pCi/L and outside air is normally about 0.4 pCi/L.

  • Mitigation is not a bad thing, most homes with these systems installed can have air quality near as good as outside air, which could be better than the average home without a system.

  • Generally, you can protect your family and home and minimize any issues with Radon by testing at the time of purchase and every two years thereafter.

Erie County Radon Info...

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Radon Info...

  • Click on pamphlets...