What to know about Radon:
Radon gas is found all over Northeastern Wisconsin. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.
Why should I test for radon?
Testing is the only way to find out your home's radon levels. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.
Can a Radon problem be fixed?
If you find that you have high radon levels, there are ways to fix a radon problem through professional ventilation techniques. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
What if I am selling my home?
EPA recommends that you test your home before putting it on the market and, if necessary, lower your radon levels. Save the test results and all information you have about steps that were taken to fix any problems. This could be a positive selling point. Read the EPA Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon.
What if I am buying a home?
The EPA recommends that you know what the indoor radon level is in any home you consider buying. Ask the seller for their radon test results. If the home has a radon-reduction system, ask the seller for information they have about the system. If the home has not yet been tested, you should have the housed tested. If you are having a new home built, there are features that can be incorporated into your home during construction to reduce radon levels.
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