Radon Gas is a health risk, and is avoidable. Get your home tested!
Radon Gas is odorless, colorless, and naturally occurring in the ground all around the world. It is also a leading cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking. Radon Gas can be highly concentrated in one home while low in the home next door. Having a house tested is essential to your long-term health and is the only way to determine whether your home needs mitigation to reduce levels.
Zone 1 – predicted average indoor radon level greater than 4 pCi/L
Zone 2 – predicted average indoor radon level between 2 and 4 pCi/L
Zone 3 – predicted average indoor radon level less than 2 pCi/L
Where does Radon Gas come from?
The majority of radon gas that enters a home does so from the ground through leaks, cracks, and gaps in the foundation. While inside a building, it can change into other radioactive decay products and release radiation when doing so. This radiation is not able to penetrate our skin and accounts for very little exposure to our lungs.
So why does radon pose a risk of lung cancer then?
Those radioactive decay products (RDPs) of radon gas are clingy and will hitch a ride on other particles in the air such as dust and smoke allowing our lungs to filter and trap them when we breathe. The RDPs will decay into other radioactive elements while in our lungs and when doing so, will release radiation directly to our lung cells. This release of radiation within our cells poses the biggest risk to cell mutation and ultimately, lung cancer.
Don’t live with it — mitigate!
Radon Gas is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The EPA has set the level of mitigation action at 4.0 pCi/L and above; however, recommends mitigating even if above 2 pCi/L. Ultimately, the lower the number the better, as there is no “safe” level of radon gas.
But just because a home has a high concentration doesn’t mean you have to live with it, move, or avoid buying the home. Mitigation professionals have techniques proven to reduce concentration levels making the home safer and often cost the same as other projects done to a home. We commonly find homes that have mitigation systems with radon gas concentrations below 2 pCi/L. Just remember, have the home retested by a third-party after a mitigation system is installed to ensure lower levels have been achieved.
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