Radon is something Pennsylvania home buyers should be aware of. It is an invisible, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas. Radon originates from the natural breakdown of uranium found in soils, rock, and water. Because radon is odorless and invisible, the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test. This is where RLS can help. Our test will find out with definitive evidence if the home you are purchasing is safe from Radon gas or if it is something you should be concerned about.
Radon seeps through the soil, and moves into the air and into homes through cracks and small openings in foundations. Homes trap radon in living spaces, where it may build up to dangerous levels.
Over half of all the homes tested between 2011-2015 had high levels of radon. Radon levels vary greatly from home to home. Berks County and surrounding areas are in “Zone 1” according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This means the state and county have a potential for high radon levels.
RLS encourages people to check the radon levels in their homes. The test is simple and non invasive to the home or your lifestyle. Performing the test could be a very important decision should the gas be found.
However, a home that tests safe for Radon gas should still tested again in the future. The nature of Radon gas is only one reason behind why The American Lung Association recommends that all homes be tested for radon. Additionally, The U.S. Surgeon General warns that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the nation. Regular tests are definitely recommended even if you have a Radon mitigation system.
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