Homeowners: Radon Testing Saves Lives
Exposure to colorless, odorless radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the ground. It can seep into homes, workplaces and other buildings through cracks in the walls or foundation.
"The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test for it," says Mike Holmes, star of HGTV series Holmes Makes It Right and owner of Mike Holmes Inspections. "One house can have radon levels next to zero while the house next door can be off the charts."
If the radon level in your house is high, it’s not hard to fix. A certified radon technician costs about the same as other common home repairs, like furnace or air conditioner replacements. With the help of a professional, homeowners can reduce radon levels by more than 80 percent.
Source: The Lung Association