You Have Radon: Now What?

If you’ve recently tested for radon and it came back positive, you’re likely wondering what you should do next. We’re here to help!

If you aren’t already aware, you need to know that radon is a dangerous environmental toxin that causes cancer, so you certainly want to eliminate all occurrences of it in your home. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends the following based on the numbers from your results:

Radon needs to be eliminated from a home if the level is 4 pCi/L (pico Curies per Liter) or more. Because there is no known safe level of exposure to radon, the EPA also recommends that Americans consider elimination for radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. The average radon concentration in the indoor air of America’s homes is about 1.3 pCi/L.

Removing radon from your home is actually a simple, inexpensive process. While living in the midst of a poisonous gas that can cause cancer, it may be surprising that a pipe and a fan is all we need to fix the problem, but it’s true!

We suggest finding a qualified contractor in your area , but for those who are handy, this can be a do-it-yourself job. If you’re concerned about the expense, simply think of the comparison to the cost of developing cancer. We don’t need to tell you that it’s much cheaper and less heartbreaking to rid your home of radon. And the great news is: often you can have your system installed in one day, giving you immediate peace of mind.

Remember it’s not enough to rid your home of radon only once—you must test it regularly (see our post: Testing for Radon). There are permanent electronic testers, such as the Pro Series III, that can be installed in your home during the removal process, as well as kits for periodic testing.

Take it from us: Keeping track of radon measurements with a reliable testing system will ensure that you’re never exposed to a dangerous level again. Now that’s certainly worth the minor time and monetary investment.