Radon is a naturally occurring noble gas that is colorless, odorless, and radioactive. As a dense gas, it can accumulate to potentially dangerous levels in home basements, crawl spaces, and wells. Because of its radioactive state, it excessive concentrations inhaled over a period of time can be dangerous to you and your family’s health.
Radon is measured in pico-Curies per liter (pCi/L) of air. A picoCurie is a measure of the amount of radioactivity of a particular substance. The level of Radon in outdoor air is about 0.4 pCi/L. The average indoor Radon level is about 1.3 pCi/L. The EPA has established 4.0 pCi/L as the necessary action level for Radon in homes, schools and workplaces. Current mitigation technology, such as that offered by Home Technology Inspections can generally reduce Radon levels to 2.0 pCi/L or less. Since Radon is a carcinogen, no level is completely risk-free. However, since it is a natural part of the environment there is no such thing as a “0” level.
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