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January is National Radon Action Month

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Tim GanoungWhat is radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless radioactive gas that is present in nearly all homes (regardless of age) and in every region of Wisconsin. It typically moves up through the ground through the air above and into your home through cracks and gaps in your foundation.

Why should I be concerned about radon in my home?

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer death among nonsmokers in the U.S.

How do I know if I have a high level of radon in my home?

You’ll need to purchase a radon test kit online or from a home improvement store (or hire a qualified tester). Follow the directions on the package and send the test kit to a participating test lab to get your results.

You should take multiple tests by using a combination of short- and long-term tests. Radon levels can fluctuate throughout the year and even day to day, so you want to get both quick results as well as your home's year-round average radon level.

While new homes can now be built with radon-resistant features, every new home should still be tested once it is occupied.

What is considered a “high level” of radon inside a home?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s guideline says that a radon reading of higher than 4 pCi/L needs mitigation.

Can I reduce the radon level in my home? 

The good news is that radon reduction systems work, cost the same cost as other common home repairs, and may reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.

More information about radon exposure, testing, and mitigation  

Tim Ganoung, Personal Insurance Consultant