Is Radon for Real?

Home Inspector with Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia

Is Radon for Real?


There are a lot of myths about radon out there and one of them is whether Radon is real and if it's actually dangerous. Is Radon for real?  We will answer that question in more detail, but in summary- YES!


I had home inspection clients, Ben & Melissa, contact me for a home inspection in Pottstown and they asked Should I get a Radon Test?  They said their real estateagent had recommended the test, but they weren't sure they wanted to spend the money to have it done.  is radon for real

Melissa said her parents never had such a test and they were fine.  Is radon for real?  


Radon is a radioactive gas that causes approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to the EPA.  Radon comes from the breakdown of uranium in the soil and water.  It can seep up through foundations and get trapped in homes.


There are scientists that dispute the exact number of deaths attributed to radon, but the fact is The Center for Disease Control, the American Medical Association, and Amercian Lung Association agrees that every year there are thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths.  The EPA, PA DEP, and Surgeon General all recommend that every household be tested.  


The radon gas itself does not pose substantial health risk.  It's radon's decay particles that are the problem.  These decay particles are known as "radon progeny" decay.  They release alpha particles that penetrate lung cells and damage DNA and other cellular components. 

The EPA claims the ionizing radiation produces irreversible damage that will eventually lead to lung cancer.  

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It's difficult to believe something is real when you can't see it, taste it, smell it, etc.  But radon gas does exist and it's best to have your home tested. 


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 David Artigliere is a home inspector in Pottstown, Reading, Malvern, and surrounding areas.  He offers radon testing services in addition to home inspections.  Contact ARTI Home Inspections LLC today!

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david the home inspectorDavid Artigliere, owner of ARTI Home Inspections LLC, is a home inspector in Pottstown, Reading, Norristown, Royersford and surrounding areas. 

He is available 7 days a week and can be reached at 610-220-1907.

Comments (10)

Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Thanks for sharing, I am from Bethlehem pa originally.

Nov 23, 2019 02:40 PM
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Hi Peter, thanks for reading.  I guess you know all about the radon belt in PA then?  Enjoy the FL sunshine!

Nov 23, 2019 03:57 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

 David Artigliere  very good report about is Radon for real.

Nov 23, 2019 05:39 PM
David Artigliere

thanks for reading, John!

Nov 24, 2019 09:31 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Thank you, David. 

For sure, we will do inspection when we sell houses.

Nov 23, 2019 05:41 PM
David Artigliere

Hi Valeria, thanks for reading and it's definitely a good thing to recommend to your clients!

Nov 24, 2019 09:32 AM
Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"

Not being able to smell or see gases can be dangerous with their "radon progeny" decay. Thanks for this great blog I learned something about radon.

Nov 24, 2019 02:30 AM
David Artigliere

Happy to hear the post was informative, Bob!

Nov 24, 2019 09:32 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, David Artigliere this is a great topic..... every listing we have has a radon inspection and if there's an adverse reading, the seller will install a mitigation system prior to closing..... 

Nov 24, 2019 02:57 AM
David Artigliere

That's a great way to handle it, Barbara.  This way, the buyer has peace of mind knowing it was already looked into.

Nov 24, 2019 09:33 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is important information to share with prospective home buyers.

Nov 27, 2019 07:15 AM
David Artigliere

Yes, it is Roy!  Thanks for reading.  

Nov 29, 2019 06:31 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

David, thanks for this educational post. It's good information for Buyers and Sellers to be aware of.

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