Radon is a Class A Carcinogen…#StopRadon

Radon is a Class A Carcinogen…#StopRadon

Radioactive radon gas is a Class A Carcinogen which causes cancer in humans.

Other Class A carcinogens are:

  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Vinyl Chloride
  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • RADON

That just about says it all!

A simple test can determine if your home, workplace, school, hospital or any building  has elevated cancer causing radon concentrations. Be proactive for the benefit of your family, loved ones, friends and colleagues.

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Rental Moving Day…Has Your New Apartment Been Tested For Radon?

Rental Moving Day…Has Your New Apartment Been Tested For Radon?

August 31st is the biggest moving day for tenants than any other day of the year. It could be moving to an area to go to college, are out of the dorms and moving in with friends or striking out on your own and can afford that awesome apartment in the area you always wanted.

That being said, if you are renting a single family or multi-family house, live in a ground level/basement apartment or are on the first floor, you should inquire with your landlord if the radon levels have been checked to determine if your new digs is a safe place to live. If the radon levels have not been checked, request your landlord to test for elevated radon levels.

Some US states have guidelines whereby radon levels must be checked and fixed prior to a tenant moving into a property. That is not the case for most states! In Massachusetts, where I am a NRPP Certified Radon Measurement Provider, there are no guidelines in place so being pro-active for own health is imperative.

As a tenant, you are paying your hard earned money for a safe and healthy space to live in. Your landlord may not be informed about the hazards of radon and that it is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. You can assist them with education and providing websites for them to review. Recommend they call a professional to learn more and review the US EPA Radon site.

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School is Starting Soon…Has Your Child’s School Been Tested For Radon Yet?

School is Starting Soon…Has Your Child’s School Been Tested For Radon Yet?

Many states in the USA strongly recommend radon testing for schools but only a few require it. Teachers, educators, support staff and your children spend many hours each week in school and may be exposed to radioactive radon gas during all those hours. Long term exposure to elevated concentrations of radon gas has been proven to cause lung cancer.

It is imperative to identify if radon concentrations are elevated in a school and the only way to know is to test. Following national testing standards is recommended. These standards are clearly defined through the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines for testing schools.

If you don’t know if your child’s school or daycare has been tested for radon, be proactive on behalf of your child’s health and ASK. Many schools have steps in place to address noxious fumes, violence, smoke and fire and other health risks.

Radon is a silent killer! …What has your school implemented to protect your child from radioactive radon gas? This too is a safety issue and your child has a right to be educated in a safe, learning environment.

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Radon Awareness and Why It’s So Important

Radon Awareness and Why It’s So Important

When radon industry and real estate professionals speak of Radon Awareness, it’s important to know that radon is not a new threat of modern living but a threat to one’s health based on earth science. Radon is the natural breakdown of Uranium in rock and soil resulting in radioactive radon gas which has been proven to cause lung cancer after long term exposure and new studies have shown radon can negatively affect other internal organs as well.

The damaging affects of radon in the body is not hype, is not a scam and is not a fabricated story to coerce consumers to spend money to repair their home. Radon Causes Cancer and Public Awareness is imperative!

I recently set a radon test in a Massachusetts new construction home and the new homeowner’s mother was visiting from out of state. In her innocence, she asked me if radon was an issue in only Massachusetts because she never heard of it before. This was an opportune time to explain about the dangers of radon, that it is all over the world and how simple, effective methods are used to reduce the levels for a safe internal home environment.

There is never a need to panic if the radon levels are elevated because they can be reduced easily and effectively in the hands of a professional mitigation firm.  Test Your Home…Protect Your Family!

 

Radon…A Hidden Home Hazard

Radon…A Hidden Home Hazard

Simply said, radioactive radon gas causes lung cancer and has been found to affect other organs in the body as well. Any home, anywhere in  the world, can have elevated radon concentrations and the only way to know if radon is a problem in your home is to test.

There are multiple ways to test for radon and if levels are elevated, radon reduction systems also known as radon mitigation systems are installed in a days time. The cost is one of the least expensive for home repairs and the average cost runs between $1000-1500 depending on the size of the home and the levels.

You, your family, tenants and/or employees are entitled to live and work in a safe environment. Test Your Home or workplace today for radioactive radon gas!

Can Basement Sump Pumps Cause Elevated Radon Levels?

Can Basement Sump Pumps Cause Elevated Radon Levels?

Homes have sump pumps installed in the basement for the purpose of pumping water out and away from the building to keep the basement dry.  Sump pumps are used in homes that have basement flooding on a regular basis or have high water tables. Sump pumps are typically installed in a sump pit which is the housing holding the pump. Water drains into the pit and is pumped out and away from the home.

Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed from the natural breakdown of uranium in rock and soil. Radon enters a home from the soil beneath and around your house. Radon gas can enter your home through the footing drain tile that is connected to the sump pump in your basement.

An unsealed sump pump has direct exposure to soil gases which allows radon  gas to have a wide open path into the home. Sealing a home’s sump pump is an easy and inexpensive home repair with a sump lid. Studies have shown capping a sump pump can reduce radon levels by up to 50%.  Further studies and information re: proper sump pump management for both residential and commercial entities can be found in the EPA UST System: Inspecting And Maintaining Sumps And Spill Buckets.

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No Basement, No Radon, No Worries, Right? VERY WRONG!

No Basement, No Radon, No Worries, Right? VERY WRONG!

Let’s clarify the basement situation regarding radon straight away. Radon is the natural breakdown of uranium in rock and soil. That being said, a home with a full basement vs a home built slab on grade will BOTH have a concern with radon until tested to identify the radon concentrations.

A basement, finished or not, is the floor of the home that is either fully or partially below grade or ground level. A basement can also act as a partial buffer zone for the upper floors where radon levels are reduced the higher the level you go up in a home. It has been found each level you go above a full basement foundation, the radon concentrations will be 25-50% lower than the floor below. For example, the first floor radon concentrations will 25-50% lower than the basement and the second floor will be 25-50% lower than the first floor.  There will not be this same reduction in a home built slab on grade from the basement to the first floor.

Slab on grade construction means there is no basement. A slab of concrete is formed using a mold. The concrete is poured directly into the mold with no space between the ground and the slab. This means the slab is sitting directly on the ground with no basement buffer for radon to enter the house. Some homes with this type of construction may have a small crawl space which should always be tested for radon.

Because radon enters a home through cracks and fissures in the foundation and other openings, if a slab on grade home’s foundation slab is not intact, radon gas can enter the home directly from the ground into living space on the first floor. It is imperative that testing be performed to make sure the living space is safe. If a slab on grade home has a crawl space, the crawl space and the first floor should be tested.

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Radon Exposure Duration and Lung Cancer

Radon Exposure Duration and Lung Cancer Potential

Radioactive radon gas is a known carcinogen yet the question comes up as to how long does one need to be exposed to develop lung cancer, if ever. Radon is everywhere in the world but the concern is raised when the levels are elevated.

When the human body is exposed to elevated radon levels, not everyone will develop lung cancer. It is radon’s daughter cells also known as radon progeny or alpha particles that pose the threat. When an alpha particle breaks down in the lungs after it’s 3.8 days half life and releases it radioactivity causing damage, minimally it can take 5 years from the onset for lung cancer to develop yet on average, it takes much longer with an average of 15-25+ years. Long term exposure is considered to be many decades yet the concentrations have a lot to do with the lung cancer threat. If radon levels are significantly elevated, the threat increases exponentially.

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Is My Radon Mitigation System Working?

Is My Radon Mitigation System Working?

Your home was tested for radioactive radon gas and the levels are elevated.  OK, you now have a health issue to contend with in your home yet you know it can be fixed. You have been proactive interviewing recommended radon mitigators and identified who will fix your house with a radon mitigation system. Now what? How do I know if the system is working once installed? How do I know if my house is safe?

After 24-48  hours of the newly installed radon mitigation system running, the house should be re-tested to identify if the radon concentrations have been adequately reduced and brought into a safe range. If the levels are still elevated, an additional suction point may be necessary.

All radon mitigation systems should have an identifying manometer on the PVC piping in clear view which will show if the fan is actively pulling. A manometer is a U-shaped tube used as an instrument for measuring the pressure acting on a column of fluid. The colored liquid will be slightly uneven when the fan is actively pulling and drawing radon out from beneath a basement slab. If the colored liquid is ever completely even across, the fan is most likely not actively drawing. That’s when the mitigator should return to examine the system fan to make sure it is intact and functioning. Before calling the mitigator back to your home, check to make sure the system is plugged into electricity.

The marks on the side of the manometer are NOT the radon concentrations. The only way to identify what the radon concentrations are is by testing. Make sure to take a peek at the manometer weekly to check that the colored liquid is uneven and remember to have your radon concentrations tested every 2+/- years.

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Radon is Definitely Real and It Kills

Radon is Definitely Real and It Kills

As a consumer, you may say to yourself, why are hearing about radon NOW. Radon has always existed because we live on a planet. Awareness has caused radon to be more of a concern now because people are more informed about the dangers associated with long term exposure.

Radioactive radon gas kills one person every 25 minutes. Radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer in the United States for non-smokers.

Radon is a health issue with a simple solution. Testing is the only way to know if you have elevated radon levels in your home. If your radon levels are elevated, fixing your home with a professionally installed radon mitigation system is indicated followed by re-testing.

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