How common IS Radon?

Radon Map

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 Pennsylvania State DEP 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. While it has been found in varying degrees of severity all across the country, Northeastern PA is, unfortunately, a hot bed for this hazardous gas. In fact, as detailed in the map above from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Wayne and Pike Counties are rated as having a “moderate potential” for Radon contamination in homes, while all other counties in our area are rated as having the “highest potential”. In fact, it is estimated that 40% of homes in Northeastern PA have a Radon level high enough to necessitate mitigation.

With Radon being so common in our area, 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. All Radon Mitigation Contractors in the State of Pennsylvania must 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 Our Offices! We're happy to help!

*This story originally appeared in the June 2019 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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