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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that you test your home at least once per year. Radon gas can be found in varying amounts in every state in the U.S. killing up to 30,000 people each year.
Although short-term radon gas detectors such as the PRO-LAB® Model (RA100) are excellent for initial screening (real estate transactions) to determine if potentially harmful levels of radon exist in your home, radon levels can vary dramatically over a short period of time.
If your initial test results from the short-term detectors warrant a long-term follow-up test, an extended test with the PRO-LAB® Professional Long-Term Radon Gas Detector Model (RL116) is recommended for more conclusive results. (According to EPA’s booklet "A Citizen’s Guide to Radon").
WHAT IS RADON?
Radon is an invisible and odorless radioactive gas which occurs naturally from decaying uranium underneath the earth’s surface. Though you cannot see, smell, or taste radon, it is there and may be a problem in your home or office. Radon gas rises through the soil and seeps through cracks, holes, and drain pipes in the foundation or basement of your home and office. Radon gas can be found all over the United States and according to the EPA, 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States has high levels of radon gas.
WHAT CAN RADON DO TO YOU?
Radon gas contains radioactive particles which get trapped in your lungs every time you breathe. As the radon gas particles break down, they release bursts of radiation that damage or destroy your lung tissue which causes lung cancer, and long-term exposure may even cause death. In fact, the EPA has estimated that radon causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year and that radon gas is the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
HOW DO YOU FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE A RADON PROBLEM?
To find out if radon gas is a problem in your home or office, you must conduct a radon test. The PRO-LAB ® Professional Long-Term Radon Gas Test Kit, will give you an average radon level in your home over an extended period of time (3 months to 1 year).
Lab Analysis Fee included in the cost of the kit.
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