One of the most frequently asked questions we get in this industry is…What is radon? Radon is an odorless and tasteless gas, undetectable by human senses. And not just any gas, it’s a naturally occurring radioactive soil gas. It primarily enters homes through cracks and other openings in the foundation, floor, and walls which have direct or indirect contact with the soil. From there it can be spread throughout the house via air currents and pressure differences inside.
According to the Surgeon General, exposure to radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. With more exposure comes more risk of developing lung cancer. For most people, a majority of their time is spent indoors, be it at their place of work or at home, which is why it’s so important to test for it! Radon gas measurements are quick and affordable and should certainly be considered during any real estate transaction.
Radon is commonly found in homes with basements, slab-on-grade, and crawlspace foundations. Practically every home that exists today has the potential for elevated radon levels! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. SPY can schedule and conduct a short-term radon test using the E-PERM® system and provide you with an accurate and reliable reading, according to the latest EPA and DEP radon testing standards.