What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, tasteless and odorless radioactive gas that has been found in homes, schools and buildings around the world. Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in rocks and moves into the indoor air that people breathe. Radon gas flows toward your homes foundation for three reasons
- Differences in air pressure between the soil and the home
- Openings in the homes foundation
- Increases in permeability around the basement
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon can be detected with a simple test and corrected through well established venting techniques. In 1986 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began recommending Radon testing for all homes.
What are the risks of Radon Exposure?
Radon's primary public health risk is by breathing in the indoor air of homes. This contributes to about 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States,
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The EPA estimates that radon in drinking water causes about 168 cancer deaths per year, 89% from lung cancer caused by breathing radon released from water, and 11% from stomach cancer caused by drinking radon contaminated-water.
Testing Your Home Radon Levels
The amount of radon in the air is measured in "PicoCuries per liter of air (pCi/L)(4 pCi/L equals to 0.016 WL). There are many kinds of "do-it-yourself" radon test kits on the market, As an alternative, I recommend hiring a qualified radon tester to do the test for you and answer any questions.
Understanding your test results
The average indoor radon level is estimated to be about 1.3 pCi/L, and about 0.4 pCi/L of radon is normally found in the outside air. The radon level should not exceed 4 pCi/L however, No level of radon is safe. If your test results exceed 4 pCi/L further action is needed to reduce the Radon level.
Radon Testing is the only way to know if you and family are at risk from elevated radon levels.
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