The EPA has declared January to be National Radon Action Month. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that results from a breakdown of uranium in the soil, rock and water. Radon gets into the air you breathe and is the second leading cause of lung cancer causing 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
The only way you can know if your home has radon is to test. More information can be seen in this video:
You cannot see, smell or taste radon. Radon can be found in every state in this country and can be present in all types of buildings including our homes whether they are new or old and regardless of the type of construction.
Radon enters your home in various ways:
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is providing free test kits to North Carolina residents. Take this opportunity to test for radon and make your home safe for you and your family.
If you would like more information about radon, radon testing or radon mitigation, feel free to contact me at 919-846-6133.
Author: Rick Nipper is a NC Licensed Home Inspector, a NC Licensed General Contractor and a building science expert. He is NEHA-NRPP certified to test and mitigate radon. He is the owner of Nipper Home Inspection Services, Inc. and NC Radon Experts in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.