According to the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), exposure to radon in the home is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
Radon is a health hazard with a few simple solutions:
- Test your home for radon! You can purchase a test kit and do it yourself or you can hire a radon expert. Many state agencies give out kits – check with your state’s environmental protection department.
- Minimize the entry of radon gas into your home by
- Sealing cracks in the foundation and along the basement walls, floors, or molding.
- Cover all crawl spaces with a heavy polyethylene barrier and seal it to the foundation wall.
- If you have an open sump pump and/or floor drain, be sure to close the sump pit and floor drains.
Visit the EPA’s Radon site to learn more.