It is important that all Pennsylvania residents understand their potential exposure to radon in their homes. Radon is the number one cause of non-smoking related lung cancer and is estimated to exist at elevated levels in 40% of Pennsylvania homes.
You cannot see, smell or taste radon. The only way to determine if there is radon in your home is to test. Testing can be done by a certified home inspector or with a radon test kit.
It’s very easy and inexpensive to test your home yourself using a radon test kit. A homeowner simply sets up the kit in the lowest livable level of the home for a period of 3-7 days then mails the kit directly to the lab for analysis. The laboratory will return the results via email within 24 hours of the kit arrival. SWAT Environmental of PA provides a helpful video on how to test your home for radon here. If radon levels are above the EPA recommended limit of 4.0 pCi/L, the homeowner should contact a certified radon mitigation provider to discuss radon remediation.
Radon test kits are readily available from SWAT Environmental of Pennsylvania by visiting www.911radon.com. For a limited time, these home radon test kits are being offered to Pennsylvania residents for $6 by using the coupon code PAT30.
About the Author
Katherine Fisher is the co-owner and Vice President of SWAT Environmental of Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelors degree from Purdue University in Environmental Sciences and is NRPP certified in radon measurement and radon mitigation.