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By kim-caspari August 3, 2018

Home Inspection Checklist item.  What is Radon?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United States. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation.”

Why should I test for high levels in my home?

The Maryland Department of Health says “Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  For children, radon and second-hand smoke are the biggest risks for developing lung cancer later in life.  Unless you test with a radon test kit, you can’t tell whether your home has radon, because radon is a gas that has no smell, no color, and can’t be seen.”  Check out average radon levels in your zip code by searching on this interactive map.  The RED areas have higher concentrations of radon.

https://maps.health.maryland.gov/phpa/eh/radon/