Radon: Frequently Asked Questions

What is radon? Radon is a cancer causing, radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil, rock and water. You cannot see, smell or taste radon.

How does radon get into my home? Radon enters the home due to an air pressure vacuum pull that draws the gas naturally from the soil into the home.

What are the risks of radon exposure? Radon causes 21,000 deaths in the United States each year; it is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is measure in picocuries per liter (pCi/l). The EPA recommends an action level of above 4 pCi/l be followed to fix your home. The World Health Organization has that level set at 2.7 pCi/l. Every 1pCi/l of radon exposure is equivalent to smoking 2.5 cigarettes per day.

How do I test for radon? There are several methods for testing – short term test kits and continuous radon monitors can be used to determine your radon level very accurately within as little as 48 hours.

How do I fix my home if I have a high radon level? The most common and proven solution to reducing your radon levels is through contracting a licensed radon mitigation company to install a Radon Mitigation System.

Thrasher has trained radon measurement and mitigation specialists available to help homeowners understand the radon threat.