Get the facts on Radon
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What Is Radon and Why Should You Care About It?
Radon is an odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium in soil and rock, it then enters the home through the foundation. Radon accounts for up to 70% of all the radiation that Utah residents are exposed to. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Surgeon General have stated that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer – second only to smoking. Radon is estimated to cause approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States.
How Much Radon Is Safe?
There is no “safe” level of radon and any exposure will pose some risk. Radon in the air is measured in picoCuries per liter, or “pCi/L.” The EPA recommends that you take action if the radon level in your home is 4.0 pCi/L or higher. With past tests showing 1 in 3 homes in Utah having high levels of radon, and the state average of 5.3 pCi/L, every home in Utah should be tested.
What Can You Do About Radon In Your Home?
Because radon has no odor and cannot be detected by smell or taste in the air, you must test your home to find out if you have high levels. Utah Radon Services offers free testing that only takes a few days so we can quickly determine if you have a radon problem in your home.
If radon levels are high, a radon mitigation system may be recommended. In less than one day, using pipes and specialized equipment certified technicians install the system that will vent air from beneath your house and vent it outside, reducing the radon level in your home significantly. We guarantee that we can get your home below the WHO’s level of 2.7 pCi/L, and usually get it in the 1 range.