Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Radon gas is inert, colorless and odorless. Radon is naturally in the atmosphere in trace amounts. Outdoors, radon disperses rapidly and, generally, is not a health issue. Most radon exposure occurs inside homes, schools and workplaces. Radon gas becomes trapped indoors after it enters buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Indoor radon can be controlled and managed with proven, cost-effective techniques.
There is Radon present in Idaho, and it is recommended that any home be tested for Radon to ensure there are no unsafe levels present. According to the EPA, Boise and the surrounding area is located in a moderate risk area of the country.
ProGuide Inspections can provide the testing for Radon and also provide referrals to local Radon mitigation companies if necessary.
EPA guide “Homebuyer’s guide to Radon”
U.S. SURGEON GENERAL HEALTH ADVISORY
“Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques.” January 2005