Radon testing information madison county alabama

what is it?

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in most rocks and soil. It is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon is harmlessly dispersed in outdoor air, but when trapped in buildings can increase the risk of lung cancer, especially at elevated levels.

In a National Health Advisory issued on January 13, 2005, U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona warned the American public about the risks of breathing indoor radon.

“Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country,” Dr. Carmona said. “It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with Radon Testing by your home inspector and fixed through well-established venting techniques.”

Radon gas poses a serious health risk

The National Health Advisory went on to say: “Radon gas in the indoor air of America’s homes poses a serious health risk. More than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer every year. Millions of homes have an elevated radon level. If you also smoke, your risk of lung cancer is much higher. Test your home for radon every two years, and retest any time you move, make structural changes to your home, or occupy a previously unused level of a house. If you have a radon level of 4 pCi/l or more, take steps to remedy the problem as soon as possible.”

Radon is not known to cause other illnesses or problems such as upper respiratory infections, colds or allergic reactions. Its only known health effect is an increased risk of developing lung cancer. However, as with those who smoke, not everyone exposed to high levels of radon will develop lung cancer, and the time between exposure and the onset of cancer may be many years

when to test?

To provide peace of mind, the EPA recommends Radon testing your home after any lifestyle changes, renovations and every two years as part of routine home maintenance. If you’ve already installed a radon mitigation system due to the previously elevated levels, completing a radon test is the only way to verify that the radon mitigation system is working properly. Testing more frequently (once per year) may be advised.

  • Buying a new home

Before moving into a newly built or new-to-you home, invest in radon testing along with any standard residential home inspection. A short-term radon test at least gives you a snapshot of the home’s current air quality. 

  • Changing seasons

Radon levels change from season to season as the soil around your home grows drier or wetter. If your last test was clear, try taking the next scheduled radon test during a different season. Instead of waiting a full two years to test again in the spring, try testing a few months early so you can measure radon levels in the winter.

  • Moving lower

Any time you plan to move onto an unoccupied floor of your home, especially basements and partially buried ground floors, you’ll want to run a new radon test on the occupied space. Complete your radon test before moving into a basement area, even if that means delaying your use of the space for a few months.

  • Renovations

Major renovations of your home, especially if they involve structural changes or foundation repairs, can trigger the release of radon. Painting the walls or changing carpet above the second floor may not matter, but finishing your basement or adjustments to your HVAC system should definitely require a fresh radon test.

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