You cannot see, smell or taste radon. But it still may be a problem in your home. When you breath air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General of the Unied States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend that you test your home.
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all home below the third floor for radon.
You cannot predict radon levels based on state, local or neighborhood radon measurements. Do not rely on radon tests results taken in other homes in the neighborhood to estimatetheradon level in your home. Home which are next to each other can have different radon levels. Testing is the only way to find out what your home's radon level is.
In some areas, companies may offer different types of radon service agrements. Some agreements let you pay a one-time fee that covers both testing and radon mitigation, if needed.