According to Utah Association of REALTORS® Radon Awareness Campaign, radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Whether you are buying or selling your home in the Northern Utah area, you will be presented with an EPA pamphlet and disclosure statement to introduce you to the effects of radon in the Utah area. This will help homeowners and buyers make informed decisions whether tests and/or mitigation should be done.
Radon is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas which is created when the element radium breaks down through radioactive decay. It kills more people by lung cancer than smoking. Think of that ….. radon kills 21,000 people every year. According to a recent ABC4 news program, “If 100 people lived in her basement for a lifetime, four would likely die of lung cancer.”
Your basement foundation can act like a vacuum drawing radon gas through its cracks and openings filling your home with radon gas. Radon is not discriminate with which home it enters – it’s throughout the nation. Even if your home tested low in radon, it STILL could be at dangerous levels.
According to Utah REALTOR®, radon is measured in pico-Curies per liter of air (pCi/L). The average indoor radon level is estimated to be about 1.3 pCi/L, and about 0.4 pCi/L is found normally in the outside air. If your test result in a 4 pCi/L or more, your home needs to be fixed.
There are many ways your home can be mitigated for radon, but you need to contractor to find out what method is the best for your home’s situation.
You can hire a radon test done to your home. The State of Utah has a list of certified radon inspectors. Call 801-536-0091 to find out more information. For more information about mitigation specialists, contact the Utah Division of Radiation Control at 801-536-4250. You can also contact the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) at 1-800-269-4174 for a list of qualified specialists who serve your area.
…. Or you can do it yourself. Click HERE for your at-home radon test or you can find them at most home improvement stores. The rooms you should have tested is the basement and rooms that are in contact with the ground and rooms that are immediately above ground. And radon tests should be done every couple years.