Radon/Renting - Nearly 30% of households in Utah are renting homes and apartments. Many of those homes and apartment buildings are located in areas that have unsafe high radon levels. According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, 1 in 3 homes in Utah has unsafe levels of radon. The EPA states that 4.0 pCi/L is considered unsafe and should have radon mitigation to reduce the radon level. Because Utah has such high radon levels, we encourage renters to order a free radon test from Utah Radon Services.
An unsafe level of radon of 4.0 pCi/L is the same risk to lung cancer as a person smoking 8 cigarettes per day. It's also the equivalent risk of receiving 200 chest x-rays per year. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Because you can't see or smell radon, there is no way to detect it without doing a radon test.
We encourage you to discuss your radon test results with the property manager. There are funds available to reduce high radon levels. There are federal programs that might be used to help fund radon reduction in homes that are affordable to certain situations.
If you are renting and have questions concerning testing or radon mitigation, please feel free to contact us at 801.871.0715.