According to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, radon gas has been found in nearly 40% of Illinois homes tested.
Home inspection experts in Quincy said when radon gas comes up through the foundation of a home, it’s colorless and odorless, which makes it hard for homeowners to detect.
As we’ve posting last year, according to the EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths after smoking and is responsible for 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S.
“I would say anywhere from 60-65% of the homes I test come back with an elevated level. They recommend anything over 4.0 to be remediated and it doesn’t take much to get to 4,” said David Zehnle, Quincy Homepro Inspections owner.
Experts recommend getting your home tested for radon every two years because radon levels can change quickly. If you want to be out of danger the whole year, you should get an active measurement device like Bye Radon.
“It doesn’t matter. A new home could have radon. It seeps through the concrete. You can’t stop it. The only way to get it out is to remediate it,” acoording to David Zehnle.
All experts agree that winter season is the best time to get your home tested, because radon can come in through the foundation of a warm home more easily than the frozen ground outside, so don’t forget that you’re in time to test your home.