Test Your Home for Radon: Quick tips

About 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States have a level of radon that is too high. Breathing in radon over time can cause lung cancer, especially if you smoke. If the radon level in your home is high, you can take steps to fix it. 

Radon is a natural radioactive gas that you can’t see or smell. There is usually very little radon in the air outside, but sometimes radon can build up indoors.

If you are breathing in too much radon, you won’t feel sick or have any symptoms right away. Testing your home is the only way to know if there’s a radon problem.

Test your home with a short-term test.

Testing your home for radon is easy and doesn't cost very much. You can test for radon yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. If you rent your home, ask your landlord to get it tested. There are 2 main types of radon test kits.

Start with a short-term test.

Test your home again if the radon level is 4 or higher.

The radon level in your home can change. A long-term test is the best way to know what the radon level is over time.

It's also a good idea to test your home again after remodeling your home — or if you make changes to your heating, ventilation, or air conditioning systems.

If your home has a radon level of 4 or higher, fix your home.

If 2 radon test kits show that the radon level in your home is 4 or higher, make a plan to fix your home by hiring a qualified contractor. You may also want to take action if the radon level is between 2 and 4.

Be sure to hire a contractor who is qualified to fix radon. The contractor will make changes to your home that helps keep radon from getting inside. It’s a good idea to get at least 2 price estimates. Find a radon professional to fix your home.

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