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5 Reasons To Test For Radon Gas

Utah Radon Services
January 9, 2018
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Radon is the radioactive gas produced when uranium in soil decays. It is present everywhere, although some areas have higher levels than others. Radon exposure increases your risk of contracting lung cancer. In fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer just behind smoking. There are many reasons to test for radon gas, below are the top 5.

What are the Top 5 Reasons to Test For Radon Gas? 

  1. Health & Safety: Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US.
  2. This cancer causing gas can only be detected through radon testing.
  3. Huntsman Cancer Institute states that 1 in 3 homes in Utah have unsafe radon levels.
  4. Radon is a PREVENTABLE health risk.
  5. The EPA recommends testing a home before buying or selling.
surgeon generals warning radonHealth & Safety: Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US.

You know the Surgeon General's warning on cigarette labels? The one that says smoking causes lung cancer? Well the Surgeon General has also stated that radon is a national health problem that causes thousands of deaths each year. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and World Health Organization (WHO) have also stated that radon is a radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. It's the second leading cause of lung cancer right behind smoking! It is a health risk NOT to have your home tested for radon gas.

Testing is the only way to detect radon gas in your home.

Radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless. Because of this, you must TEST your home to find out if you have high radon levels. Testing should be done by a certified lab to ensure accurate results.

1 in 3 homes in Utah have high radon levels.

Radon can be present anywhere although some areas do have higher levels than others. If your neighbor tested and found low levels, that does not automatically mean that your home has low levels as well. In Utah, it has become such an issue that the Huntsman Cancer Institute has determined from past testing that 1 in 3 homes in Utah have high radon levels. That means you have a 1 in 3 chance of exposing your family to this radioactive and cancer causing gas.

Radon is a preventable health risk.

Yes, radon can be found in any home throughout Utah. But if your home tests high, that doesn't mean you have to move! A radon mitigation system can drastically reduce the radon levels in your home. With one of these systems you can remove the risk of exposure to radon  affordably and quickly.

The EPA recommends testing a home before buying or selling it.

If you are buying a home it makes sense to test before you move your family in. This is usually done during the due diligence phase and the seller will often cover the expense of a mitigation system if it is needed. It is also recommended to test before you put a house on the market. This can be a selling point for potential buyers as well as spare you from a surprise expense during closing. If you are starting this process, click here to learn more.

These are just five reasons to test for radon gas. Each day we are exposed to many health risks and things beyond our control. This is one of the things we CAN control and prevent. If you have not had your home tested for radon gas, fill out the form on this page or contact us at 801-871-0715 to schedule your completely FREE radon test today! It is better to know if there is a problem so you can take the necessary actions to fix it and protect your loved ones.

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