Why test for Radon? Radon is a naturally-occurring gas produced by the radioactive decay of the element radium. Radon itself is radioactive because it also decays to form the element polonium. Polonium is also radioactive – it is this element, which is produced by radon in the air and in people’s lungs, that can hurt lung tissue.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas found in homes all over the United States. When radon gas breaks down, it releases radioactive particles into the air that could potentially lead to lung cancer through prolonged inhalation. When these particles are inhaled into the lungs, they can become trapped and break down further, releasing radiation damage to lung tissue. The EPA has determined that short-term exposure to a higher concentration of radon gas is less severe than long-term exposure to lower levels of radon.
The EPA recommends that all homes be tested for radon – an odorless, tasteless, and invisible radioactive gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, responsible for over 20,000 deaths, on average, each year. Radon is a Class A carcinogen, listed in the same class as arsenic and asbestos. The radon problem is especially significant here in PA. On average, 1 in 15 homes (about 6%) have elevated radon levels nationwide, but in PA an estimated 40% of homes have elevated levels! In other words, if you live in Pennsylvania you are nearly seven times more likely to have a dangerous radon level than if you lived in most other states!”
Radon gas can only be detected by conducting professional and thorough tests. MCJ Home Inspection LLC is trained to find any traces of this harmful gas. Having an inspector check your home or property can help prevent becoming a victim of radon.