Are you curious about radon and what it is and isn’t? Here are some common questions and answers regarding your risk of radon exposure.

Question: Will I have radon problems if my neighbor does? 

Answer: Home levels of radon vary. Testing is the only way to know how much or little radon is in the home. One house may have a radon level of less than 4pCi/L while next door it is over 100pCi/L. 

Question: Who is authorized to perform the radon test? 

Answer: Guidelines vary by state but generally only a registered radon tester can conduct the test. Occupants and owners may conduct the test on their own residence but not on a home for sale. If you are selling your house, use an independent registered tester, not the home buyer or realtor.

Question: What areas or types of homes are at risk for radon problems?

Answer: Homes all over the United States have had radon problems. All types of houses including new homes, old homes, drafty homes, homes with basements, homes without basements and insulated homes can be at risk. Never assume you are safe unless you have had testing to prove it.

Question: If I have radon problems in the water, will I also have it in the air and vice versa?

Answer: The level of radon in the soil or the water may not affect the other. Soil radon levels impact the air radon levels but not necessarily the presence of radon in the water and vice versa. The only way to know if you have a radon problem in the air and water is to test both.

Question: When is the best time to test for radon?

Answer: Typically, the levels of radon are highest in the winter. When you are running your heater it is often the best time to test. Or you can conduct a year-long radon testing level to see the average exposure month to month.

The only way to know for sure if your home has radon gas exposure is to use a registered radon tester. They can inform you of the levels of radon in the home. From there, research next steps to lower your risk of exposure.