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What is Radon
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, naturally occurring, radioactive noble gas that is formed from the decay of radium. Radon has a half life of 3.82 days. It is measured in PicoCuries per Liter (pCi/L). The average indoor radon level in the United States is 1.3 pCi/L and the average outdoor level is 0.4 pCi/L. The only way to know if your house has radon is to test it. Radon levels can differ from house to house. The Pennsylvania DEP recommends that action be taken if there is a reading of 4.0 pCi/L or higher.  The DEP has published radon levels by zip code.

Pennsylvania DEP
The Pennsylvania DEP has published a Citizen's Guide To Radon which contains useful information about radon. When dealing with radon in a real estate transaction, it is also recommended that the Pennsylvania's Home Buyer's And Seller's Guide To Radon be read.

Health Risks
The EPA says, "Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste.  Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health.  Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.  Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually."

Radon Testing
There are two ways to test your home for radon. There is a short-term test which ranges from 2 days to 90 days and a long term test which lasts for over 90 days.

Radon levels can fluctuate from season to season so a long term test will give a better indication of your year-round average level. However, short term tests have proven to be very accurate and are great when time is a factor, such as in a real estate transaction.
There are many different devices approved to test for radon. Some of which include, charcoal canisters, electret ion chambers (E-PERM), alpha track detectors, charcoal liquid scintillation devices, and continuous radon monitors (CRM).

When testing a home for radon we use E-PERMS which is a 2 day test.