Results of Radon Test

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and the Surgeon General and EPA recommend testing for radon and reducing radon in homes that have high levels. A high radon level is any reading that is over 4 picocuries per liter, pCi/L. Radon levels over 2 pCi/L still can pose a risk and in should be mitigated.

So we finally received our radon test results today and the radon level from our test was 3.5 pCi/L. As it took the US Post Office 10 days to deliver our test to the lab this result has a greater than 25% margin of error, so we will have to do another test, and probably FedEx it to the lab this time.

Given we live in a hot zone for Radon in Georgia, if the result of our second test remains in this range there is little short-term risk but given we now have three kids, two cats, and one dog, we will have to consider fixing our home to get those levels down for all of us.

Testing for Radon

Part of owning a home is testing for Radon.  Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, that occurs naturally as the decay product of radium and it enters your home through the ground.  So we’ve lived here five years now and it was time to do an updated Radon test for the house.  Fortunately this is really easy and inexpensive to do in Georgia through the University of Georgia so we ordered our test kit for $6.50 which includes the lab fee.  After a few days we received the test in the mail and we hung it in the basement according to the directions. Four days later we took the test down and mailed it in.  We will share the results when they come in.

You should consider testing your home every few years, the EPA can help you find a local testing program or you can go directly to the Air Check for your test.

UPDATE: The results are in