What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. This subterranean gas is a Class A carcinogen. The scientific community and all major health organizations rank it as the 1st leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, causing an estimated 20,000 U.S. deaths annually.
Each pico-curie of radon measured causes about the same damage as smoking 2 cigarettes per day.
What level of Radon is dangerous?
The EPA sets 4.0 pCi/L (pico-curies per liter of air) and higher as the “Action Level” for radon concentration. At this level, radon represents a real risk and action must be taken to reduce exposure. The EPA also recommends that you should “consider taking action” when the radon level exceeds 1.9 pCi/L. Radon levels between 2.0 pCi/L and 4.0 pCi/l also carry some risk over long term exposure. Lowering the radon level greatly reduces the risk of lung cancer.
Do I need to test for Radon?
High radon levels are found throughout the Midwest. Fifteen to twenty percent of the homes in Wisconsin and Illinois have elevated levels of radon in the main floor, not just the basement. In some areas of north-western Indiana, such as South Bend and Granger, the percentage is increased to fifty to 55 percent of homes. Radon Remedy has offices in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.
Radon enters the house due to differences of soil pressure and the pressure within a home caused by temperature and weather conditions. Radon gas is sucked in through openings that come in contact with the soil, such as:
- Cracks in the basement slab and where the floor meets the basement wall
- Dirt or gravel crawlspaces are a primary source of radon gas
- Openings around pipes and plumbing penetrations
- Unsealed sump pits
- Hidden openings
- Pores in the concrete itself
Once inside, radon gases become trapped. Newer homes are very well insulated and can actually hold more radon inside. Whether your home is new or old, well-sealed or drafty, with or without a basement, or whether your basement is finished or unfinished, radon risks are present. The EPA recommends that all homes be tested for radon. With the effective and affordable solutions provided by Radon Remedy, radon removal is one of the most value-added solutions you can do to protect your health.
If you are buying a new home or are not sure of the radon levels of your current home, it is important to do so. The following organizations all recommend testing for radon.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Surgeon General
- American Lung Association
- National Cancer Institute
- National Association of Realtors
- Consumer Federation of America