That's because radon has no smell or taste.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless, and tasteless and therefore cannot be detected by our senses. Radon is a health threat because the gas can accumulate in homes and cause lung cancer. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.
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The EPA has a set 4.0 pCi/L as the Action Level to correct your home. Because there are no safe levels of radon, it is recommended that a home be corrected for level between 2.0 – 4.0 pCi/L. It should be noted that radon can occur anywhere and even a home located in the low risk area can accumulate gas above the EPA Action Level.
When should you test your home for radon:
• If you have not had your home tested for radon, do so as soon as possible.
• If you are purchasing an existing or new home. A radon test is required when selling a home in Montgomery County.
• If you have had your home tested and levels were between 2.0 – 4.0 piC/L consider testing your home again as radon levels can fluctuate.
• If a radon mitigation system was installed on your home, it is recommended that you test your home every two year to ensure the effectiveness of the mitigation system.