Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It can get into your home through cracks in the foundation and water sources. It occurs when Uranium metal, found underground, decomposes and releases radon gas.
The bad news? Radon is a Class A Human Carcinogen. Breathing air with high concentrations of it, especially in your home, is dangerous. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. More than 21,000 people die each year from radon-induced lung cancer. That means that, in the United States, someone dies from the effects of radon every 25 minutes. Up to 15% of all lung cancer cases are attributed to radon exposure.
The bad news? Radon is a Class A Human Carcinogen. Breathing air with high concentrations of radon for prolonged periods of time can lead to lung cancer. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. More than 21,000 people die each year from radon-induced lung cancer. That means that someone in the US dies from radon-induced lung cancer every 25 minutes. Up to 15% of all lung cancer is attributed to exposure to radon.
Is my home at risk?
Any home or building is at risk of having concentrations of radon, and the only way to know for sure is to test for it. The EPA recommends mitigating (diminishing the amount of radon) if your home tests at a level of 4 piC/L (picocuries per liter) or higher. The process of testing for radon is an inexpensive and straightforward process, but it is important that whoever is conducting the test is qualified to do so for the integrity and accuracy of test results.
When it comes to testing your home, we are the qualified experts. Our trusted professionals possess the knowledge and skills needed to test your home accurately and effectively. Upon testing for radon, we share with you the results and work with you to develop a course of action. The EPA recommends mitigating a home when it tests at a level of 4 piC/L or higher. Every situation is unique, and we approach it that way. We will work with you to ensure the safety of your home and your peace of mind through every step of the way.
If your home tests at a level of 4.0 pCi/L or higher, the EPA recommends mitigation to ventilate toxic radon out of your home. Signs of a correctly installed mitigation system are a properly functioning fan attachment and piping that extends past the roof line. Mitigation systems can be installed in or outside of your home and essentially function as a vacuum from below the foundation, up through the mitigation system piping, and out above the roof.
The process to install a mitigation system takes about one day and, although somewhat straightforward, it is important that it is done correctly. Here at Protect Environmental, all of our technicians are qualified, certified, and highly skilled in radon mitigation system installation. We work with certified electricians to ensure quality from the beginning of the process to the end. Our priority is your peace of mind and the safety of your home, done the right way.
Radon System Operation, Maintenance, and Monitoring
If you already have a mitigation system installed, it is important to have it serviced each year to ensure ongoing functionality. If your mitigation system is not working, toxic levels of radon could still be in your home, and the only way to know for sure? Test.
Upon installing your mitigation system (or for your previously installed system) we recommend that you have it serviced once a year to ensure the system’s proper ongoing function. Having your system checked is a quick and inexpensive process. We work with you in every situation to make sure that you and your family are living in a safe environment. We strive to effectively resolve any system repairs that may need to be made for your peace of mind that the radon issue in your home continues to be under control.
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David Gillay, Partner at Barnes & Thornburg and head of the Remediation, Redevelopment, and Environmental Transaction practice groups for the firm.
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