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Radon

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Fri, 06/07/2019 - 20:43

What is Radon and why should you care? Where are you likely to encounter it? How is it tested for and if it's a concern how to mitigate it?
 
What exactly is radon? Radon is a radioactive gas know to cause cancer. Radon is invisible and has no smell or taste it but it may be a problem in your home. Radon causes several thousand deaths each year that's because when you breathe air containing radon you can get lung cancer. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Smoking causes more lung cancer deaths and even kills more people than drunk drivers. Radon can be found all over North America and originates from the natural radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rocks, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can get into any type of building: homes offices and schools and result in a high indoor radon level  Four PCI's per liter is the action radon level.
Above that, mitigated by a licensed contractor is recommended. Typically a mitigation company will install a fan and vents to the exterior. It costs about anywhere from a thousand to twenty five hundred dollars but keep in mind when working with a contractor it's good to get estimates from more than just one.

Radon testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. The EPA and Surgeon General recommends testing all homes below the third floor for radon. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%, Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels. Depending on the state the home is in you may find a home inspector can test for radon when they're doing the home inspection.In some cases licensing is sufficiently costly and difficult  enough that only contractors who specialize in Radon measurement and mitigation are available. You can also purchase an at-home test kit and do the testing yourself.

This will require sending the tester to a laboratory but is much less costly.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Fri, 06/07/2019 - 20:43