Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and a dangerous public health risk for Maryland residents. Why? Because this radioactive gas, if inhaled, damages the lungs when it decays. Extended radon exposure puts residents at a higher risk of contracting lung cancer— with some scientists estimating that, over time, even low levels of radon exposure can increase the risk as much as smoking a pack a day.
Radon forms naturally from decaying uranium, radium, and thorium in rocks, soil, and groundwater. It has no color, taste, or odor, making it impossible to detect without proper testing. As radon rises from the ground, businesses and homeowners in affected areas may be exposed to it through the air from cracks or gaps in their buildings and homes.
But radon exposure isn’t just a risk for businesses and homeowners. If you work in real estate, then you know how important it is to mitigate any risk of radon exposure for your clients.
So how can you protect your community and family members from this silent hazard? Here’s what you need to know about having a home tested for radon in Maryland.
Maryland homes are more at-risk
Radon exposure in homes is a health risk in all 50 states, but some areas are more at risk than others. According to the EPA, many counties in Maryland have high radon levels on average (Zone 1). Specifically, government data show that central and western Maryland counties, including Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Montgomery County, and Frederick County, are at risk of dangerously high radon levels.
It’s important to note that homes of all sizes and types can be considered at risk— regardless of how well they’re built. Similarly, both homes with basements and homes without basements are under threat.
Since radon is a gas that comes from ground soil, virtually all buildings in identified at-risk areas should take precautions to avoid exposure. Thus, the EPA has issued multiple warnings over the years, encouraging Maryland residents to get their homes tested regularly.
Protect your family from radon exposure
Experts recommend having your home tested at least twice per year to ensure its safety. You can protect your home from exposure by scheduling periodic visits with licensed, certified professionals.
During your at-home appointment, our team of qualified radon experts will evaluate your home’s risk and recommend an appropriate mitigation system if needed. These systems work much like a high-end ventilation structure— allowing for the safe removal of toxic and potentially deadly radon gases without risking exposure to you or anyone in your household.
This might sound complicated, but radon mitigation systems are relatively low-cost, easy-install solutions with a high success rate of protecting Maryland homeowners against radon exposure. If you’re concerned about the dangers of radon exposure in your home, or not sure about the last time you had your home tested, give us a call today.
Reliable Radon, Inc. is an A-rated, licensed, and insured contractor certified to perform radon testing and mitigation services in Maryland. Interested in learning more? Check out our reviews on Angie’s List and Facebook, then contact us for a free consultation. We look forward to helping you secure the safety of your home efficiently and affordably.