Radon Testing in New Jersey (NJ)
Why is Radon Testing Important
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to smoking. Your chances of lung cancer from radon depend mostly on your home's radon level, the amount of time you spend in your home and whether or not you are a smoker. Smoking combined with radon greatly increases the risk of lung cancer. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Homes in your neighborhood, such as Freehold, Colts Neck, and Marlboro, as well as other towns throughout the State of New Jersey (NJ) are included in that statistic for radon.
What is Radon?
You cannot see, smell or taste radon. Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas and the only way to ensure your home is radon free is by a simple and inexpensive test. Radon 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 in the foundation.
EPA Recommendations for Radon Testing
EPA recommends radon testing if you never tested your home, or are buying or selling your home. If you have a radon mitigation system, they recommend your home should be radon tested every few years to ensure it is working properly.
Is Reducing Radon Levels Expensive?
Often people will put off having a radon test because they fear the test and the mitigation is expensive. Radon testing is only a couple hundred dollars and mitigation to reduce the radon levels to an acceptable, living level, runs between $1,500 and $3,000. Radon testing isn't as expensive as one might think, plus radon testing is an easy solution to a horrible, preventable disease.
I travel to Marlboro, Freehold, Colts Neck and throughout the State of New Jersey (NJ) to conduct radon tests. In order to do a radon test, the home must be closed up for 12 to 24 hours. That means that all windows and doors should be kept closed for 12 to 24 hours prior to my arrival and remain closed until the radon tests are picked up 48 hours later.