Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. Radon is invisible, odorless, and tasteless — making it impossible to detect without specialized equipment. Approximately 18,000 lung cancer deaths related to radon occur in the United States every year, and it's estimated that 1 in 15 homes has radon levels above the thresholds recommended by the EPA.
Radon is a radioactive element that cannot be detected by the senses and requires a radon test to determine the levels that are present in the home. Radon enters your home through gaps in the foundation or poorly ventilated crawlspaces.
Although you can’t smell it or taste it, radon is naturally occurring and may exist in dangerous levels in your home without you even knowing it. It generally seeps into the basement or crawlspace of your home through the soil. If left unchecked, radon can reach dangerous levels and cause serious health problems.
Over half of the counties in Indiana have been assigned a Zone 1 rating by the EPA. Zone 1 counties have the highest potential to have homes test higher than 4 picocuries per liter. The radon levels in Indiana are above average in certain areas of the state. That means there’s an increased risk for all homeowners, which is why we recommend testing exposure levels before purchasing a new home.
The first step to protect yourself and your family is to check the concentration of radon in the home. We provide radon tests using specialized equipment to give you an accurate measurement of radon concentration levels. If the radon measurement is greater than 4 picocuries per liter, then it is recommended that you install a radon mitigation system. The most common radon mitigation systems use a fan to pull in radon from beneath the house, and vent it outdoors where it is quickly diluted to safe levels.