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Radon Month

Radon in Your Home: How to Deal With It

Why You Should Test Your Home

In Florida, 1 in 5 homes tested has elevated radon levels. Radon can really be a problem anywhere, Whitcomb says. It can be a risk in small homes and big homes, old homes and new homes.

“You can even have two almost identical houses right next to one another,” says Whitcomb. “One will have low radon levels while the other is very high. That’s why everyone needs to test.”

January is National Radon Action Month and a Good Time to Take Action

Testing your home is the only way to find out if you have a radon problem. You can buy a testing kit online or at your local hardware store for just $10 to $20. You can also request a free kit—available while supplies last—from the Florida Radon Program.

This feature story is provided by the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Communications. It can be reused without permission.

Sources: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Fixing Radon Problems

“If you find out that you have high radon levels, it can be scary,” says Whitcomb. “But addressing the issue is often simpler than homeowners expect.”

The key is to work with an expert who can help guide you, Whitcomb says. You can call your state’s radon office to get the name of someone who can offer advice.

Some radon issues need the help of a mitigation contractor — a specialist in fixing radon problems. They may use approaches like sub-slab depressurization: installing a pipe that sucks radon from the ground under the house and sends it into the outside air, where it’s harmless.

“High radon levels are a clear threat to your health,” Whitcomb says, “but the solutions are clear too. If you test your home and find out you have a problem, you can fix it.”

Porter says she feels lucky to have found out about the radon in her home, and she now urges neighbors, family, and friends to test their homes too.

“I tell people that nobody knows what’s under their house, so they don’t know if they have radon unless they test,” she says. “It’s cheap too — so why not do it?”

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