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What is radon? - Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 30, 2015

Radon is a radioactive gas that cannot be smelled, seen or tasted. Many times this gas can enter a home through tiny cracks between the floor and the wall in a basement. These tiny cracks can also allow water in the home. Unlike the nuisance of water in the basement, radon is dangerous to your family’s health. In fact, untreated, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States according to the United States Surgeon General. According to the EPA,” The Agency now estimates that there are about 21,000 annual radon-related lung cancer deaths.”

Should you test for radon?

Yes, testing is the only way to find out if your home has high levels of radon. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon. The most common way to test for radon is through a canister that is placed in a basement for a specific period of time. After the canister has done its job, it is sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Can you fix a radon problem?

The EPA recommends that a homeowner take action of the radon levels are above 4 pCi/L. Radon levels can be reduced by sealing foundation cracks and installing a ventilation system.

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