Toxic Radon Gas: What you need to know
The presence of radon gas in homes is a serious and growing health problem for over 25 million Americans. Yet, many homeowners are not aware of this threat to their health.
What is radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that doesn’t have any particular color, odor, or taste — yet is harmful if inhaled over long periods of time.
This poisonous gas comes into your home as a result of it seeping out of the ground and gradually filling up spaces between floors, walls, and other structural components in your home, places of work and other areas where there are enclosed spaces.
Radon and your health
We all know that smoking is bad for your health. What most people don’t realize, is that radon is just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, when continuously inhaled over a long period of time.
That said, Radon gas is everywhere. Long-term radon exposure can lead to lung cancer. So if you’re spending time in a room with high radon levels, your risk of developing lung cancer is incredibly high.
Studies suggest that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Even more alarming, radon in homes is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. The good news is, there is something you can do to prevent it. If you suspect that you have high levels of radon in your home, it might be time to start looking at radon testing.
How to test for radon
You can’t smell radon gas. You can’t see it either. Just know that high levels of this toxic gas are dangerous and that it’s impossible to determine the presence of this radioactive gas in your home without professional tools. Radon testing is the only way to find out if you have radon problems.
Radon testing is easy and if you get your radon levels tested with us, we provide it at a low cost, and it could save your life. You can learn more about our $49 Radon Test here.
DIY Test kits
NOTE: If you choose to go the DIY route and buy a radon test kit from a hardware store or online, while easy and inexpensive, they can provide inconsistent results. That is why we do not recommend DIY home testing kits and provide you with an affordable option as possible. Our professionals are properly trained and certified. We use specialized tools to ensure accurate results.
What is the acceptable radon level in home?
Acceptable radon levels vary depending on the area in which you live. Generally accepted the levels established by the World Health Organization are below 4pCi/L.
If the results show elevated radon levels, the next step would be to contact a licensed mitigation specialist to help reduce radon levels in your home.
What is radon mitigation?
Radon mitigation is the process of reducing radon concentration in a house or building. The goal is to redirect the radon gas from the foundation into the air. This can be achieved through many different ways, such as adding ventilation to your home or installing a radon mitigation system. Some radon mitigation systems can reduce radon levels by up to 99%.
Protect yourself and your family from this dangerous, radioactive gas. Reach out to us if you need radon testing and radon mitigation systems. We proudly offer radon testing at $99!