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How common IS Radon?

Radon Map of United States

You may have heard of Radon in the news, or at some point during a home purchase, but aren’t really sure what it is. Maybe you just don’t know if it’s something that you need to be concerned about.

How common could it be?

But first, what is Radon?

Radon is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that can enter your home through its foundation, collecting in your house. Recognized as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, both the Federal EPA and various state departments have put in place awareness campaigns to alert homeowners and occupants to the dangers of Radon gas. Being undetectable by any human senses, testing is necessary to determine if, and to what extent, you may have a Radon issue in your home.

Is Radon Common?

Radon occurs naturally, and has been found all over the globe. Radon has been found in varying degrees of severity all across the country, with a national average of 1 in every 15 homes having a Radon level above the action level.  In some states and regions, however, Radon issues can be much more common. The map above shows how common Radon levels are across the country, but should not be used as an indication that you will or will not have a Radon issue in your home.

With Radon being so common in much of the country, as well as the severity of health effects from exposure to Radon gas, it is recommended that everyone test their homes for Radon. Testing is the only way you can determine if you have a problem.

Is it difficult to get rid of?

Radon gas accumulation in residential properties is relatively simple to resolve by having a Radon Mitigation System installed. These systems, which vent the Radon gas above the roof line, can generally be installed by a licensed Radon Mitigation Contractor in a single day. Designed for the specific needs of your home, Radon Mitigation Systems are energy efficient and customizable so that they match the look of your property. Many states require that Radon Mitigation Contractors be licensed in order to perform this work.

With more and more homeowners becoming aware of the dangers of Radon gas, we’re getting a lot more questions about addressing this hidden hazard. Fortunately, Radon Mitigation is an effective and affordable solution!

If you have a Radon issue in your home, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Disaster Blaster! We’re happy to help!

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