What Is Radon Gas And Why You Should Remove It
What is Radon Gas – Whether you’re a Homeowner, Realtor, or Builder, we have the experience and expertise you can rely on. Many homeowners aren’t familiar with radon and why it can be dangerous and how radon could affect their family.
Radon is a dangerous gas that could cause lung cancer. In fact, it is the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. 1 in 3 homes in Utah have unsafe levels of radon and all homes should be tested for radon.
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. It 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. It is estimated to cause approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. Radon mitigation is a must.
How Much Radon Is Safe?
There is no “safe” level 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 with radon mitigation 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 it 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 problem in your home. Radon mitigation protects your family.
If levels are high, a 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 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.
Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to the EPA’s 2019 Assessment of Risk from Radon in Homes. The numbers of death from other causes are taken from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention 2018 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Report and 2016 National Safety Council Reports.
“Indoor radon gas is a national health problem. Radon causes thousands of deaths each year. Millions of homes have elevated radon levels. Homes should be tested for radon. When elevated levels are confirmed, the problem should be corrected.” Get radon mitigation.
Radon removal is an important part of a healthy home.
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