Monthly Archives: January 2016

January is the Month to Test

As you know, Radon Systems of Indiana is a strong advocate for radon testing in homes, businesses, and schools.  In the month of January, we support this by offering our Cash for Testing program, in support of the Environmental Protection Agency naming January as National Radon Action Month.

According to EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin, “testing for radon is the best way to know if people in your home are at risk from this cancer-causing gas.  Radon is a problem that can be easily fixed, and I urge all residents to test their homes. If your home is impacted by radon, it is fairly easy to fix.”

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer amongst non-smokers – with 21,000 people dying of radon-induced lung cancer each year in the United States. Radon occurs naturally from the decay of uranium in the soil and can accumulate to dangerous levels inside a building.  Radon is a nationwide problem that can be found in any building that has ground contact.  This includes homes, schools, apartments, condos, commercial buildings, and offices.  Even mobile homes and homes and buildings without basements have a potential for having high radon levels.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas. Unlike other gasses, it cannot be seen or felt by normal senses. The only way to know if your home has high levels is to perform a radon test.   These are specially designed kits take just 48 hours to detect the level of radon that exists in the lowest level suitable for living in the home.

It is important to note that in order to get accurate results, the tests must be administered according to specific protocols set by the EPA and state health departments. The best way to ensure a valid test is to hire a licensed and or certified radon testing professional (Radon Systems of Indiana). Each state has its own set of requirements for radon professionals so it is important to check with your state EPA or Health Department to make sure your professional is fully licensed and certified.  Click here to find a licensed professional (or just call Radon Systems of Indiana at 812.842.0728 – we’re the only licensed radon mitigation professional south of Indianapolis).