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If you tested your house for radon gas and discovered levels below the action levels recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), you may think you’re in the clear forever, but that’s not true. Think of radon like a cavity—you might go to the dentist and find out you are cavity-free, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never have one again! With radon, your attention should be less on whether you should ever test again and more on how often you should test your home.

Over time, aspects of your home can change, including the radon level. If your home’s level increases, you want to make sure you catch it quickly to avoid long-term exposure for your family.

When to re-test your home for radon

It is recommended to test your home for radon every two years, but you should also consider testing in the following circumstances: 

To receive a free test from Utah Radon Services, fill out this form or call us at 801-871-0715.

Did you know that over 50% of Utah homes tested by Utah Radon Services have high radon levels? Radon is a radioactive gas that can’t be detected by our senses and, more importantly, is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

The good news is that Utahns building new homes can easily incorporate a radon mitigation system into the construction process. 

Radon systems in new homes

Many people think radon is only a risk in old homes, but that’s simply not true. Radon is directly related to the amount of uranium in the ground below a home, and new, energy-efficient homes can trap more radon inside than an older home. Even more, it’s far simpler to include a radon mitigation system in a new home than to place one when a home is already built.

A new home can include an active or passive radon system to allow radon to flow through indoor pipes outside the house. Active systems include a radon fan that draws the gas from beneath the foundation and safely to the outside air, where it dissipates. Passive systems include the piping for a radon mitigation system, but they don’t have a fan that actively pulls radon out of the ground and into the air above the building. 

While a passive system can help reduce radon levels, an active system is far more effective. The cost difference between a passive and active system is typically only a few hundred dollars, so it’s worth spending a little more to ensure your family's safety. If your builder doesn’t offer active systems, a fan can be installed after the home is built, turning the passive system into an active system.

Radon-educated home builders in Utah

Although Utah has a significant number of homes with high levels of radon, the home-building laws have yet to catch up and proactively protect Utahns from the health dangers of radon exposure. While some home builders in Utah allow clients to add a radon mitigation system, many proactively include them in their construction to reduce the chance that the homeowners will develop radon-induced lung cancer. Among them are Richmond American, Symphony Homes, Toll Brothers, and Woodside Homes. 

If you are building a new home, it’s essential to talk to your contractor about the risk of radon and the steps you can take to include a radon mitigation system. To learn more or to request a radon mitigation quote during or after your home is built, visit Utah Radon Services

One in three Utah homes has dangerously high radon levels, but few people know their individual risk. If you’ve never heard about radon, or if you’re looking for more information about how to protect your family, we’re here to help. See these 4 facts everyone should know about radon.

Radon in condos and townhomes

1. What radon is

Radon is an odorless, tasteless, invisible, radioactive gas. Because it is radioactive, it can cause serious health issues when breathed in over a long period of time. 

2. Where radon is

Radon is created when uranium in the ground decays. The gas then rises from the soil and gets trapped inside buildings. In Utah, there are high levels of uranium in the soil, which means there is a significant number of Utahns exposed to high levels of radon (often without knowing it). 

When radon rises outdoors, it dissipates into the air and is not much of a risk to those who breathe it in. However, if a home, school, office, or other building is built on top of soil with high levels of uranium, radon can get trapped inside and cause significant health risks.

3. Why radon is dangerous

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Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers and the leading cause of cancer in non-smokers. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that over 21,000 people die each year from the effects of radon.

Even if radon doesn’t lead to lung cancer, it can lead to other lung diseases that can cause serious harm to the quality of life of Utahns. It’s important to know your home’s radon level so you can mitigate if necessary, and reduce your risk of lung disease.

4. Why radon testing is important

Because radon is odorless, tasteless, and invisible, it can only be detected with specialized testing. Utah Radon Services provides one free test to every Utah home so you can rest assured your health is not at risk. Testing is fast and simple, and if your home tests high, we can walk you through the mitigation process. Click here to order your free radon test today.

Buying a house is not as simple as 1,2,3. In fact, there are many hoops to jump through before you can call a house your own. One step that is sometimes overlooked is to test the house for radon gas.

Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that can be in any home. In fact, 1 in 3 Utah homes has high levels of radon gas. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you test for radon during the home inspection.

Why should I be concerned about radon when buying a home?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both state that radon gas is a health hazard. The EPA even released the Home Buyer's And Seller’s Guide to Radon in which they recommend knowing the radon level of any home before purchasing.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America, just behind smoking. Any home can have high levels of radon, and the location, neighborhood, and age of the home don’t matter. Because radon can't be seen, smelled, or tasted, the only way to know if there is a radon problem is to perform a test.

What buyers and sellers should know about radon

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When you are in the process of buying a home, testing for radon should be a priority. If the home you are looking to buy has high levels, you can negotiate to have the level reduced with a mitigation system installed by the seller. If you wait until after you have closed, it is up to you to test and mitigate for radon.

Some are concerned that radon testing will slow down the buying process. Our radon specialists work with inspectors and realtors to ensure that the test is set when needed and picked up after completion. Once we have retrieved the test, we will provide certified results within 1–2 business days. If the home tests high for radon, we will provide a free radon mitigation quote and can often schedule the installation within a week if needed.

Utah Radon Services is fully licensed and can quickly provide certified results for the homebuying process. Simply call us at 801-871-0715 or fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you!

Our homes are supposed to be safe places, and it often feels like nothing can get to us when we are behind those doors. Unfortunately, there is one harmful thing that can enter your home undetected: Radon gas. 

Radon is a natural byproduct of uranium in the soil below homes and is odorless, tasteless, and colorless. Even more, it’s also the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to smoking.

How radon enters your home

In order to keep radon out of your home, you first must understand how it enters. The main way radon enters your home is through pores, cracks, and other openings in the foundation. Radon is pulled into your home through a vacuum created by lower air pressure in your home compared to the pressure in the soil. It can also enter through sumps, construction joints, and drains, and can pass through most surfaces that are in contact with the soil, including your concrete foundation.

It would seem logical that you can seal cracks and openings around construction joints or sumps to stop radon from ever entering your home. However, radon gas particles are so small they can’t be seen, which means they can enter through cracks and pores that can’t be seen either. Sealing and caulking can help, but it is not usually enough to reduce radon to a safe level.

What can be done about high radon levels?

Don't be discouraged if you have tested your home and found high radon levels. Radon levels can be quickly reduced with a radon mitigation system that pulls the radon from the soil and releases it above the home.

If you haven't had your home tested for radon, simply fill out the form on this page

High radon levels in a home can cause significant health risks, including lung cancer. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers in the United States, and high levels can only be detected with specialized testing. How to benefit from radon reduction.

The good news is that high levels can be reduced to safer levels with a radon mitigation system. Even more, radon mitigation systems can improve your home in more ways than one.

The additional benefits of radon reduction systems

In addition to lowering the radon levels in a home, radon reduction systems can also improve the air quality. Radon mitigation systems lower the humidity in the air, leading to a fresher interior and fewer musty smells. Even more, decreased humidity means less bacterial growth, mildew, and dust.

Radon mitigation systems can also be a major selling point if you decide to sell your home in the future. Savvy buyers often ask to have the home tested for radon, and if high radon levels are found during the buying process, it can become a serious issue. Having a system installed ahead of time can help streamline the buying and selling process.

Radon systems can be installed quickly, and Utah Radon Services provides cost-effective rates.  Our certified professionals can help you find the right solution for your home. Contact us today at 801-871-0715 or fill out this form for a quote!

When you are making a large investment such as purchasing a home, it’s important to do your due diligence. It may appear that you’ve found your dream house if nothing major is found during the inspection, but a home’s radon levels are often not checked during the inspection process. See Radon Mitigation Checklist below.

To help you feel confident about your purchase, we recommend following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) radon guide for homeowners

Why is radon dangerous?

This odorless, invisible, radioactive gas is formed when uranium decays in soil. It then enters your home, and when breathed in for a prolonged period of time, it can cause lung disease. In fact, it is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the United States.

What steps should I take when purchasing a home?

Step 1: Check for radon-resistant features

Before you purchase a home, you should find out if the home has radon-resistant features such as an active or passive radon mitigation system. 

An active radon mitigation system consists of pipes connected to a fan that pulls the radon from below the foundation and vents it out into the air above the home. A passive radon mitigation system has everything an active system has except for the fan that pulls the air out. These can be installed in the building process and may sometimes be enough to keep radon levels low.

Step 2: Test for radon

Whether the home has a system or not, it should always be tested for radon before you sign on the dotted line. If a home does not have a system, you want to ensure the home’s radon levels are low. If they are high, a system should be installed before you move in.

During a real estate transaction, testing has to be completed by a certified radon company. They will set the test for you and pick it up after it is complete.

Step 3: Turn a passive radon system into an active radon system if necessary

If your dream home has a passive radon system yet still tests high for radon, the system should be turned into an active radon system. After the system has been activated, test the home again to ensure the radon levels have been lowered to a safer level.

Click here to download the EPA’s radon guide for home buyers and sellers, then contact our specialists at Utah Radon Services for fast, simple, certified radon testing. 

If you have discovered or are worried about a radon problem in your home, you may be looking into methods to reduce radon. There are several radon reduction techniques available to you, but we should first review why radon reduction is important. 

What Is radon gas and why is it dangerous?

As uranium in soil breaks down, it produces radon. When outside, it disperses into the air and is not much of a concern. However, radon is able to enter your home through cracks and pores in the foundation. Once inside, it can cause lung cancer in those who breathe it in for a prolonged period of time. Unfortunately, radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer, just behind smoking.

Radon has no smell, color, or taste, which means there is no way to detect it in your home without specialized testing. The good news is radon testing can be fast and affordable! You can fill out the form on this page to request a free test from Utah Radon Services. 

If you have already tested your home and found high radon levels, it is time to discuss radon reduction techniques.

Radon reduction techniques

There are two main types of radon reduction techniques: passive radon systems and active radon systems.

Passive radon systems can only be installed during the home’s initial construction. First, cracks or openings in the foundation are sealed and a layer is placed between the soil and your home’s foundation. Next, a series of pipes are installed for radon to pass through. If this is not sufficient to lower the radon levels, the passive system can be turned into an active system simply by adding a fan. 

An active radon system is recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency to stop radon from entering your home. The most common type is a soil suction system (sometimes called sub-slab depressurization). It uses a fan to draw radon from below the house and vents it through pipes to the air above it. This can be done in any home and has other benefits such as removing humidity and other gasses from the air. 

Whether you need your first test or would like to install a radon reduction system, our experts are available to help you. Call us at 801-871-0712 or request a test here.

Radon is a radioactive gas that cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled. In the United States, exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers and the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and  World Health Organization (WHO) have strong stances about radon and what Americans should do to reduce the potential health impact. Even more, the U.S. Surgeon General released a national health advisory about radon in 2005. Don't ignor the Surgeon General's radon warning.

U.S. Surgeon General’s Radon Warning

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According to U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, “…breathing [radon] over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques.”

The EPA has also recommended that every home be tested for radon gas.

Testing for Radon Gas

Follow the Surgeon General's radon warning by testing your home for radon is simple. If you live in Utah, you can request a free test kit by filling out this form or by calling our radon experts at 801-871-0715. If the radon levels in your home are above the recommended action levels, a mitigation system may be recommended. 

Contact us today and we’ll get you on the path to living in a home safe from radon.

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