Radon is an odorless and tasteless radioactive gas formed from the decay of uranium in the ground. Radon is unique among the decay products of uranium, because it is a gas and can find its way into the house from the ground below.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United states. The EPA recommends that every house be tested for radon levels. In Allegheny county over half the radon tests in homes are over the recommended safe level of 4 PicoCurries per Liter (4PiCo/l).
Fortunately fixing high levels is not that expensive. Radon mitigation on existing homes usually cost in the range of $800 to $2500 to bring levels down to under 4PiCo/l.
At Citywide Home Inspections we use Radalink continuous monitors for state of the art radon detection.
Sample radon test report.
- Radalink monitors
- EPA Radon
- EPA Home buyers guide to radon. PDF or Link to EPA site
- Guide to radon reduction (EPA): HTML or PDF
- Pennsylvania Radon Map