Many people in Utah aren't familiar with radon, why it is dangerous, and what to…
Should you retest for radon? So you had your house tested for radon in the past and your levels were low so you have nothing to worry about. However, if you think about it, Bill Clinton was our president then and its been a while. So how often should you retest your home for radon?
The EPA Advises Retesting Your Home For Radon Every 2 Years
Because radon comes from uranium in the ground and comes up through the foundation of your home, radon levels could vary. Some of these factors that could influence on whether your radon level is safe or not is the time of year, any changes within your home, and changes within the foundation of your home. This is why the EPA recommends getting your home retested for radon every 2 years.
1 in 3 homes in Utah have unsafe radon levels and many people ignore testing because you can’t see or smell radon. The reason it is so important to have your home retested is that radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. The EPA estimates that over 21,000 people die each year from the effects of radon.
Utah Radon Services has conducted thousands of radon test in Utah and even homes that are next door to a home with low radon level could still test high.
What Is A High Radon Level?
There is no safe level of radon and radon is measured in picocurries (pCi/L). The World Health Organization states that homes that measure over 2.7 pCi/L should get radon mitigation. The EPA recommends homes that have over 4.0 pCi/L should get radon mitigation. Radon mitigation is a simple procedure that uses a fan to suck the radon out of the home returning the home to safe radon levels.
How Do Get A Second Radon Test Kit?
- If you have never received a radon test from Utah Radon Services, you can order a free radon test.
- If you have received a radon test from Utah Radon Services, the second test cost $25.00
- You can also order a radon test kit from the county for $12.00
Please do not ignore radon because it can affect the health of your family. Make sure you put it on your calendar to have your home retested every 2 years.