Radon…Back to Basics

Radon, an insidious Class A Carcinogen is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas. Also known as soil gas, radon is the natural breakdown of uranium in rock and soil. Radon in and of itself is not a danger however the serious health concern of lung cancer along with other potential cancers comes from when radon decays which releases it’s radioactive properties. This decay process happens in 3.8 days.

Radon is a concern when levels rise to dangerous concentrations in homes and any building for that matter. Radon is all over the world and not a concern outside as it is diluted. The concern happens when radon becomes trapped in a home with limited ways to get out.

EPA action level for radon mitigation in the United States is currently 4.0 pCi/L. This is a figure that is a guideline for real estate transactions. The EPA has concern when levels are between 2.0 pCi/L and 4.0 pCi/L. The World Health Organization (WHO) says to “fix” your home at 2.7 pCi/L.

The only way to know if you have a radon issue in your home is to test. If elevated, the issue can be rectified by installing a radon mitigation system to remove the excess radon from a home. Radon mitigation is the least expensive home maintenance repair for the maximum health benefits.

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