In an effort to increase public awareness, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mobilized an awareness campaign, but many people still haven’t heard about Radon. So what is Radon and why is it so important that we know about it now?
What is Radon?
Radon occurs naturally from the breakdown of radioactive elements in the soil. This gas then enters homes through the foundation, often collecting in dangerous levels. Being colorless, odorless, and tasteless, Radon gas could be in your home without your ever knowing!
Is Radon a new issue?
While Radon may seem like a new issue, the truth is that it’s been around forever. Recently, through education efforts put in place by the EPA and others, such as the National Radon Action Month, homeowners are more aware of this hazard than they once were. As we learn more about things like Radon, it gives us an opportunity to make our environments safer and encourage overall wellness.
Is Radon common in our area?
Independent studies conducted by agencies such as the EPA have shown that Radon is particularly common in the Northeastern PA area. In fact, according to some estimates as many as 1 in every 2 ½ homes (or 40 %) are believed to have higher than acceptable Radon levels! Given the potential for Radon issues in Northeastern PA, we recommend that all homes be tested to determine if the Radon level is below the action level of 4.0 pCi/L.
What are the health concerns?
The second leading cause of lung cancer (second only to cigarette smoke), and the leading cause among non-smokers, long term Radon exposure is considered to be extremely serious. For this reason, it is recommended that residents reduce the Radon level as much as possible.
How do I know if I have a Radon issue?
Specialized testing is necessary to determine if you have a Radon issue because Radon is undetectable to any of our senses. The State of Pennsylvania does require that all Radon Testers be licensed to perform this service and many home inspectors do carry this licensing. Radon test kits are also available for homeowners to test their homes themselves.
Can it be resolved?
High Radon levels can be dramatically reduced with the installation of a Radon Mitigation System. As with testing, the State of Pennsylvania requires that all Radon Mitigation companies be licensed to install Radon reduction systems. A qualified Radon Mitigation Company (such as Disaster Blaster) can design and install a system that will meet the needs of your home.
If you haven’t yet, take the opportunity to test for Radon! You may be glad that you did!
Even though Radon is extremely common in our area, many homeowners still don't know about it or if they have an issue in their homes. If you don't know what your Radon level is, we highly recommend having a test performed to find out how high your Radon level is and if a Radon Mitigation System is necessary. As always, if you do need a Radon Mitigation System, please don’t hesitate to Contact Our Offices, we’re happy to help!
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*This story originally appeared in the January 2020 issue of Connections Magazine, as part of a monthly contribution made by Disaster Blaster, Inc. Please check out the current issue of Connections Magazine for this month's story!
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