What is Radon?

What is Radon?

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon. It forms naturally from the decay (breaking down) of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found in different amounts in soil and rock throughout the world.

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Radon is present outdoors and indoors. It is normally found at very low levels in outdoor air and in drinking water from rivers and lakes. In diluted form it is not a concern for the health. However, radon can build up to high levels and turn into a health risk in houses, schools, office buildings, or any other confined place. Radon can go into your home from any place where the house touches the soil and there is an opening.

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Possible entry points into your home consist of:
cracks in foundation walls and floor slabs
construction joints
gaps around service pipes
support posts
window casements
floor drains
sumps or cavities inside walls
dirt floors
The amount of radon in your home will be determined by on numerous factors:
the amount of uranium in the ground
the number of entry points into your home
how well your home is ventilated
Health risks from radon exposure and developing lung cancer:
Your risk of cancer depends on several factors:
the level of radon in your house
how long you are exposed
whether you smoke (exposure to radon and tobacco use together can significantly increase your risk of lung cancer)

Radon Testing
For most people, the largest possible source of radon exposure is in their home. But the levels vary from one house to another, even if they are next door to each other.
The only way to know if you have a radon problem is to test your home. It is simple and inexpensive.
As of October 1, 2016, County law requires that “a single-family home located in the County must be tested for radon before completing a sale of the home.” This requirement is contained in Chapter 40 of the County Code, as amended by County Bill 31-15.

Where Does the Law Apply?
The radon testing requirement applies throughout the County, except in the Town of Barnesville, the City of Rockville, the Town of Kensington, and the Town of Poolesville.

What Homes Must Be Tested?
The law obliges buyer/sellers after October 1, 2016 to test single-family homes in Montgomery county state of Maryland which includes detached single family homes and townhomes, except those units that are part of a condominium regime or a cooperative housing corporation

Who Must Do the Radon Test?
The law requires the seller to perform the radon test, or permit the buyer to perform the radon test. If the seller offers the buyer the opportunity to do the test, and the buyer chooses not to, the seller must perform the test to meet the statutory requirement that a test be performed. Both the seller and the buyer must receive a copy of the results of the radon test.

When Must the Test Be Performed?
In order to comply with the law, a radon test must be performed up to one year prior to the settlement date. The test must be done with an approved testing device.

Which Testing Devices Can Be Used?
The radon test must be done using a testing device approved by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Our certified radon service team are local residents who are well-informed of the Montgomery county area and obey the National Radon Safety Board code of ethics. We are working with CR – Continuous Radon Monitors which collects data on hour-by-hour reading for 48 hours. The results provided same day as the monitor’s readings are completed.

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