Radon is a radioactive gas that is found in soil and rock in all parts of the United States and is formed by the decay of uranium, which is a natural process. Radon gas is invisible and has no odor or taste. Radon may be found in all types of homes and buildings in the United States. If there is radon gas in the ground, it can seep into a building. Radon typically moves up from the ground into a home through drains, cracks or other holes in the foundation. Radon then can be trapped inside the home.

Studies show that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind cigarette smoking. The higher the radon level indoors, the greater the amount you breathe. Your chance of getting lung cancer from radon depends on how much radon is in your home and how much time you spend in your home. Testing is the only way to determine the radon level in your home.

There are steps that property owners can take to address the problem of high radon levels. High radon levels can be reduced by making repairs to the building. The right system depends on the design of the building and other factors. State radon offices can provide general information on methods for reducing radon. Also, the EPA’s Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction is a quick and easy way to learn more about the different ways to fix radon problems.

Radon reduction costs between $500 and $2,500 for a single family home. For a larger building, the costs will depend on the size and other characteristics of the building. Radon reduction work generally requires a trained professional. To find out which radon reduction system is right for a building, and how much those repairs will cost, you should consult with a professional radon contractor. Many states have programs set up to train or certify radon professionals. Your state radon office can provide a list of individuals who have completed state or national programs.

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