Radon in the Home

Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas. It is also the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Surgeon General’s office estimate radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Since it is difficult to identify any immediate symptoms related to radon exposure, it may take years before health problems appear. 

Having your home tested is the only effective way to determine whether you or your family is at risk of radon exposure. Be sure to order your free radon test kit.

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How to use radon test kit


Please make sure to observe closed-house conditions 12 hours prior and during the entirety of the test.

Closed-house conditions:

  • Make sure all exterior doors & windows are closed 12 hours prior to testing.
  • All exterior doors & windows are to remain closed during the entirety of the test.
  • Regular entry/exit of your home is permitted
  • Read full instructions here

How radon enters your home

Radon is a gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown—or the radioactive decay—of uranium. Rocks, soil, and in some cases groundwater can all contain uranium. Because radon comes from so many sources, people are easily exposed to it. Exposure can occur through breathing outdoor air, in buildings and homes, and by eating or drinking (ingestion). Radon gas can seep through cracks in buildings and expose people to the radiation, which can lead to severe health problems. The EPA lists the following ways that radon can get into buildings:

  • Cracks in solid floors and walls
  • Construction joints
  • Gaps in suspended floors
  • Gaps around service pipes
  • Cavities inside walls
  • The water supply

A Citizens Guide to Radon: The Guide for Protecting Yourself and Your Family From Radon

For information about radon levels, please see the United States Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Radon Risks Chart.

Above information is provided by the CDC. 

Learn Jackie's story (video), and her experience with radon.

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