Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States and the leading cause for non-smokers. As a member of AARST, NEHA, NRPP, and IAC2 you can rest assured that we have the training and support to properly identify unhealthy levels of radon in your home. Northern Virginia is at higher risk area for the radioactive gas, and correcting the problem is a relatively simple process. Knowing ahead of time is critical.
Below is from The EPA publication "A Citizens Guide to Radon":
Radon can be found all over the U.S. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building — homes, offices, and schools — and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.
You should test for radon. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. EPA also recommends testing in schools.
Radon from soil gas is the main cause of radon problems. Sometimes radon enters the home through well water (see "Radon in Water"). In a small number of homes, the building materials can give off radon, too. However, building materials rarely cause radon problems by themselves.
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Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in homes in your state. Contact your state radon office for general information about radon in your area. While radon problems may be more common in some areas, any home may have a problem. The only way to know about your home is to test.
Radon can also be a problem in schools and workplaces. Ask your state radon office about radon problems in schools, daycare and childcare facilities, and workplaces in your area.