January is National Radon Action Month

Illustration of a house showing how radon gas enters the basement.
Radon develops from the breakdown of naturally-occurring radioactive elements in soils and rocks. January is National Radon Action Month.

January is National Radon Action Month and Detailed Inspection Service can inspect Illinois homes to determine radon levels.

Because radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined January is the time to “Test, Fix, and Save a Life.”

When Buying a Home, Make Sure to Test for Radon

If you are buying or selling a home, it is especially important to have the property tested for radon.

Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas. It’s colorless, odorless and deadly. Radon develops from the breakdown of naturally-occurring radioactive elements such as uranium and thorium in soils and rocks. The gas is produced as part of the radioactive decay process. 

Average Illinois Radon Level is High

Radon map for northern Illinois
The EPA notes the average indoor radon level in Illinois and the Chicago area are high. Map courtesy of the EPA.

Radon levels are measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L). Levels of 4 pCi/L or higher are considered hazardous.

The EPA estimates 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level of 4 pCi/L or more.

In Illinois, it is especially vital homes are inspected for radon. The average radon level in homes in Illinois is 4.4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter of air), while the national indoor average is 1.3 pCi/L.

The New Lenox, Will County and greater Chicagoland area fall in the EPA’s Radon Zone 1 and Zone 2 areas.

Counties in the Zone 1 area are predicted to have average indoor radon screening levels greater than 4 pCi/L.

Counties in Zone 2 have indoor radon levels between 2 and 4 pCi/L.

Radon Can Be Mitigated

The good news about radon is there are ways to mitigate and fix radon problems. According to the EPA, “Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.”

If you’re a home buyer, knowing the indoor radon level of a potential property is important. Any home, old or new, can have radon problems.

Because of the number of hours most people spend at home, you’re most likely to get your greatest radiation exposure inside your own house.

Testing the Only Way to Know If Your Home Has Radon Issues

Testing is the only way to know if your home has a radon problem. Don’t rely on testing done at neighboring homes to estimate the level in your own house. Radon levels can vary greatly from home to home.

Detailed Inspection Service offers radon inspections to property owners and home buyers. Take action against radon. Schedule a radon inspection today.

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