What is radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home.
How are you exposed to radon?
The primary routes of exposure to radon are inhalation and ingestion. Radon may be present in the ground, groundwater, or building materials and may enter working and living spaces as colorless, odorless radon gas.
Should you test for radon?
The EPA, Surgeon General, American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and the National Safety Council recommend testing your home for radon because testing is the only way to know your home's radon levels. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon and it typically takes years of exposure before any problems surface.
Can you fix the problem?
If your home has high concentrations of radon there are ways to reduce it to acceptable levels. Most radon problems can be fixed by a do-it-yourself kit for less than $500. If you prefer the assistance of a professional you may wish to check the list of certified radon mitigators for your state.