What is Radon & Why Should You Care?

Home Inspector with Clarity Inspections & Radon

The Skinny:

Radon is an element, a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that may be accumulating in your home or business.

Who Cares?
We all should. ​Long term exposure to elevated radon increases your chance of getting lung cancer. Even among cancers, lung cancer is a bad diagnosis. The EPA estimates that over ​21000 people die each year from lung cancer that is caused by radon exposure. Not from smoking...from radon exposure. That is over 50 people every day.

But Really, What is it?

It is a decay product of, oddly enough, ​Uranium (yes the stuff they make into nukes). Over billions of years Uranium decays and goes through a series of transformations called the Uranium ​Decay Chain. Most elements in the decay chain are solids and therefore largely stay in the earth where they belong. Radon, however, is a gas and therefore rises up through the ground to the surface. When this happens outside it dissipates into the atmosphere and is diluted to what is thought to be a safe level. In contrast, when it rises to the surface under your home much of it will enter your home through cracks and crevices in your foundation or simply through a crawlspace.

Back to the who cares idea...and if you live or work in a building long term with elevated radon you can have several times the chance of getting lung cancer and being one of those 50 per day who die from radon induced lung cancer.

What to do?

You should get your home or business tested. You can buy an ​affordable kit from Amazon, possibly request a ​free radon test kit from a local company or your county health department, or hire a ​radon testing company to come out and do a professional test. You can find out if your health is at risk for somewhere between FREE and $150. Highly recommended. If you find out you have high radon you can contact a local ​radon mitigation company who will likely be able to reduce your radon levels for $800-$1600.

Comments (9)

Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Excellent post ! I've LIKED IT and will Reblog it for My Readership to read ! Thx !

Oct 26, 2018 07:33 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

For as little as a radon test costs it makes little sense not to take the time to do this especially if you live near water where decay is more prevelant.

Oct 26, 2018 02:57 PM
John Mattox
The EPA recommends all home be tested for radon. The lowest average levels in the US are near our southern border, Florida and Texas for example. Many land locked states have high average levels. For instance, every County in Iowa has high average radon levels.
Oct 27, 2018 05:49 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Welcome to the ActiveRain community. Congratulations on your first post.

Oct 26, 2018 08:09 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Welcome to active rain. Good luck in achieving your goals on active rain 

Oct 27, 2018 03:28 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

We have partnered with a radon mitigation firm to insure our clients get the best possible service at a great rate !

Oct 30, 2018 04:36 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

John Mattox welcome to ActiveRain, and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog on this site.

Nov 02, 2018 10:58 AM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Welcome to ActiveRain, I hope that your participation here helps your business to grow.
Btw, I followed your blog, and would be honored if you followed mine.
Thank You!

Nov 02, 2018 07:46 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks, John.  This is a great overview of Radon and the need for inspections.

Nov 25, 2018 04:41 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
All the best of success to you.

Dec 07, 2018 05:59 PM