While outdoor radon levels have little potential hazardous effect on humans, studies have found that exposure to radon in the home can cause lung cancer.
Radon is a radioactive natural gas that you can't see, smell or taste and its unknown presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer in America, claiming about 20,000 lives annually.
Radon can seep into homes through small spaces and openings, such as cracks, floor drains, sump pump openings, floor joints in basements and even through well water. Some areas in the US have a much higher concentration of radon than others. The EPA estimates that nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the US has an elevated level of radon.
A NJ Radon Map gives an overview of hot spots currently in the state. New construction homes can be built with radon resistant features. Older homes can have their radon levels mitigated. To check the radon levels of your home, or one you are purchasing, Final Check Inspections can provide radon testing service and advise what further actions are necessary based on the results.