What Is Radon?
Radon is a tasteless, odorless, and colorless radioactive gas. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that, among non-smokers, radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer and related death. Behind smoking, which is the number one cause of lung cancer, radon is second and the EPA attributes more deaths to radon than to second hand smoke. In areas where radon is known to be present, it is incredibly important to ensure that any home you are buying or selling is free from this toxic gas. Radon tests are recommended for all residents with concerns about their health, not just those who are buying or selling a home.
Radon in the Louisville Area
According to the EPA’s Map of Radon Zones, Louisville, including the surrounding areas of Bullitt County, KY and Clark County, IN, are categorized into a Zone One radon area. In these areas, the screenings for radon result in predicted levels greater than 4 pCi/L. This means that Louisville residents experience an exceptionally high risk of exposure to radon and the negative health consequences that result from this exposure.
The Importance of Radon Inspections
Because radon exposure poses such a serious threat to your health and that of your family, it is incredibly important to ensure that any home you intend to buy or sell is tested for radon by a professional. The EPA states that any residence that has a radon level above 4 pCi/L, which is not uncommon in the Louisville area, should be treated for radon. It is estimated that one out of every fifteen homes in the US will need to be treated for high levels of radon after inspection. This means that number will be even higher in Louisville and the surrounding areas. Louisville Home Inspections offers Radon Testing in the area with cutting edge tools and professional advice from our inspector on how to remedy the situation.