The Dangers of Radon In Your Home
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause numerous health issues to those living in the effected house. It is the second cause of lung cancer, only second to smoking. Your family is at risk of suffering from these severe consequences if radon is not appointed and abated immediately.
Some frightening facts about radon exposure include:
1) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Surgeon General’s Office have estimated that as many as 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused each year by radon.
2) The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.
3) According to the US EPA, nearly 1 in 3 homes checked in seven states and on three Indian lands had screening levels over 4 pCi/L, the EPA’s recommended action level for radon exposure.
4) A family whose home has radon levels of 4 pCi/l is exposed to approximately 35 times as much radiation as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would allow if that family was standing next to the fence of a radioactive waste site.
5) Scientists estimate that lung cancer deaths could be reduced by 2 to 4 percent, or about 5,000 deaths, by lowering radon levels in homes exceeding the EPA?s action level.
6) The risk of lung cancer increases by 16% per 100 Bq/m increase in long time average radon concentration.
7) About 1 in 15 U.S. homes is estimated to have radon levels at or above the EPA action level.
How To Get Rid of Radon In Your Home
Radon can only effectively be removed from your home by a professional service company. Local radon mitigation and abatement can be performed by a local company after radon testing has been performed. Radon gas testing provides an idea of how much radon is in the home and how much needs to be removed. Passive systems of mitigation have been shown to be capable of reducing indoor radon levels by more than 50%. When radon ventilation fans are added radon levels can even be reduced further. Local radon mitigation and abatement is crucial to providing a healthier home for your family. A radon testing contractor is the best bet to getting rid of radon in your home.
Is Radon Mitigation Effective?
Colorado radon testing is done multiple times. Long-term tests determine the average concentration for more than 90 days. Sump pump excavation may also be necessary to reduce the amount of radon in a home. Residential radon testing is pertinent to determine the amount of radon, and local radon mitigation and abatement by local companies can prove to be very effective over time.
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