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Can you Install a Radon Mitigation System in a Finished Basement?

Can you Install a Radon Mitigation System in a Finished Basement? 

If you just had your home tested for Radon Gas and found out that you need a Radon Mitigation System installed because of the high concentration levels, your main concern may be whether or not that is possible due to your basement being finished. 

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How is Radon Linked to Uranium?

How is Radon Linked to Uranium?

You may know that Radon Gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, but what you may not know, is how radon is linked to uranium. 

Topics: uranium

What you Need to know about Radon in the Winter

What you should know about Radon in the Winter 

For us Ohioans winter is quickly approaching, and for most of us, we have probably already bolted up our homes and turned on the heat. With our homes sealed and the heat on, there is not much air flow from outdoors to indoors. So what does this mean? 

Topics: radon exposure

Will Radon Give Me Headaches?

Hopefully you've heard of radon and radon poisoning by now, but many people haven't.

If you haven't heard of radon yet, it's a radioactive gas that can be extremely dangerous in high quantities.

Radon is a naturally occurring element that develops from the radioactive decay of radium.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classes radon as a carcinogen, meaning that radon poisoning can lead to cancer.

Radon is actually the leading cause of lung cancer, right behind smoking, claiming nearly 21,000 lives a year.

A question we get a lot here at Radon Eliminator is, "what are the symptoms of radon exposure?"

People want to know if the pain they're experiencing is due to elevated levels of radon.

And, more specifically, they want to know if they get their headaches because of radon exposure.

In the article below, we'll talk about radon poisoning, and find out if you can blame your headaches on radon exposure.

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Does Radon Cause Headaches?

Does Radon Cause Headaches? 

This potentially deadly force is all around us, although few are truly aware of its presence or the dangers that it may possess. With the right knowledge, you can protect yourself from this hidden hazard by equipping yourself with the tools to better understand this element and it's potential dangerous effects that it can have on your body. 

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Am I At Risk For Radon Poisoning?

The dangers of radon gas are finally starting to become mainstream, and it's about time.

Did you know that radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, right behind cigarette smoking?

And, did you know that most people don't realize they've been exposed to radon until they've been diagnosed with lung cancer?

It's a scary thought, and it's one we don't want you to worry about.

So, how do you know if you're at risk for radon poisoning or lung cancer before the diagnosis?

We'll explore that question and more below.

Topics: radon poisoning

Does Opening a Window Reduce Radon?

Will Opening the Windows Reduce the Radon Levels in my Home? 

Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium found inside soil and rock. 

Radon escapes from the soil and rock beneath the earth and finds its way into homes through openings and cracks in the foundation. Once inside, it becomes trapped, and in some homes it can accumulate to very high levels. 

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What Does Radon Smell Like? Does it have a Scent?

What does Radon Smell Like? 

There are many things that Ohio residents do not know about radon gas, despite it being the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Many people are under the impression that radon has an odor, and if they are not smelling a funny odor in their basement than that must mean their home does not contain radon. 

We are here to tell you that Radon Gas has NO smell. 

That's right, we hate to be the ones to break it to you, but radon doesn't smell like anything at all. It is a completely odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas, which is one thing that makes it so dangerous, it's completely undetectable without proper testing equipment. 

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Former USA Hockey Star Blames Radon For Her Lung Cancer

If you aren't familiar with Radon, you're not alone.

Most people are unaware of what radon is, and that is very unfortunate.

Cancer.org defines radon as a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas.

It forms naturally from the decay of radioactive elements like uranium that are found in soil and rock throughout the world.

Once in the soil, radon gas can move into the air and underground water and surface water.

Now, you might be wondering why cancer.org has a definition of radon on their website.

It's because behind only smoking; radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

It's responsible for between 15,000 to 22,000 deaths a year.

Hopefully now I have your attention.

Radon can be in your house right now, penetrating cracks in your foundation and floors, or seeping into your water supply without you knowing it.

That was the case for the former USA hockey star Rachael Malmberg.

We'll talk about her story below.

Topics: Radon and Lung Cancer

Can I Sell My Home if it Has High Radon Levels?

Can I Sell my Home if it has High Radon Levels? 

Selling a home is often a very stressful process. Trying to prepare your home so it's presentable to strangers can be very frustrating. You want your home to sell, but the fact is, making it appealing to a wide variety of prospective buyers can be enough to drive you mad. 

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Can You Reduce Radon By Opening Windows?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that comes from decaying uranium.

Radon is present in nearly all soils, and very low levels of radon gas are found in the air we breathe every day.  

Problems arise when radon gas enters your home and gets trapped.

If you're exposed to radon over long periods of time, you may develop lung cancer. Radon poisoning is the second leading cause of lung cancer, right behind cigarettes.

Radon gas begins in the soil, and enters your home through cracks in your walls or foundation. Any house, of any age, in any state can have elevated radon levels.

The amount of radon gas that gets into your home depends on how much radon is present in the soil surrounding your house, and how your house interacts with the soil.

Your neighbors home could be completely safe, while you're radon levels could prove to be dangerous. That's why it is important to know you;re levels, and not just assume you're safe.

So, how do we get rid of radon? If elevated levels are due to the gas being trapped inside, is opening the windows enough to make your house safe?

We'll look at that and more below.

Topics: radon safety

The Tourists Who Soak Up Radon

People are becoming more and more health conscious with every passing year.

Good health and longevity have become a priority for many people, and they will go to great lengths to achieve it.

Cigarette smoking, once a status symbol among the "cool" and "hip," is now all but demonized.

Most indoor establishments have banned it, college campuses have made it illegal to have a cigarette altogether, and you rarely ever see anyone smoke a cigarette in TV or movies anymore.

There's a new fad diet that pops up every couple of weeks, whether it's plant-based, paleo, whole30, weight watchers, or one of the many, many others.

Exercising has never been more in demand. The rise of the "fitness entrepreneur" is proof of that.

People won't go near things that have been proven to cause cancer and for a good reason. No one wants cancer.

If something is known to be a carcinogen, it must come with a warning, or there could be grounds for a lawsuit.

But what if I told you there's a place in Montana where people willingly expose themselves to high levels of carcinogens.

They are willing to breathe in air and drink water full of the second leading cause of lung cancer in America.

I'm talking about radon, and there's a place in Montana where people pay to inhale and drink radon.

Sounds crazy, but it's real.

We'll learn more about it in the article below.

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The Connection between Radon and Real Estate

Radon and Real Estate 

In more recent years, people have been concerned about Radon Gas levels before purchasing a home. Many people are having radon testing performed as part of their home inspection. 


 

While Radon Testing and Mitigation may not be mandatory procedures during a real estate transaction, the results of a radon test are subject to real estate disclosure laws. This means, if a radon test is performed, the owner of the home is then required to reveal the results to any potential buyers.

In other words, if a home is tested by a potential buyer, and that buyer backs out for any reason, the owner of the home is now required to provide those test results to the next person looking to purchase the home, even if the next person has not requested a radon test. 

Radon does not need to prohibit or delay a real estate transaction, here's what you need to do. 

Topics: radon in homes

Radon And Your Basement Gym

More and more people are becoming health conscious these days.

People are watching what they eat and exercising on a regular basis.

They don't just want to live longer; they want to live healthier.

But not everyone has the time or the ability to join a gym. Getting ready and the commute itself takes up enough time as it is.

Then you have to hope that no one is using the machines you need, and there's always that awkward guy grunting in the mirror you have to deal with.

That's why more and more people are turning their basements into a home gym.

With just a few pieces of equipment, you can replicate just about anything in your basement that you can do in a gym, without the hassle or the membership fee.

But are there any side effects to working out in your basement?

One of them that you'd likely never know about is working out in elevated levels of radon.

Your basement is prone to higher levels of radon, so you have to wonder how many people are unknowingly exposing themselves to cancer-causing gas.

Topics: radon safety

Can Commercial Properties have Radon Gas?

Can Radon be a Problem in Commercial Buildings? 

Many people think of Radon Gas as a problem associated with residential homes. Of course it is extremely important to know if there is elevated radon levels in your home, however, you shouldn't overlook the risk of radon inside of commercial buildings. 

There are a countless number of people who spend eight hours or more per day inside the same office or work space. This is a substantial amount of time, and if radon levels inside your workplace are high, then you have an increased risk of contracting lung cancer. 

It is up to the owner of the building or the employer to ensure they are proving a safe work environment for their employees, and this should include commercial radon testing and mitigation services if needed to remove excess gas from the property. 

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United Sates, causing around 20,000 deaths per year. Although radon is dangerous inside homes, it can still be a serious problem inside commercial property buildings. 

Topics: Commercial Radon Testing and Mitigation

Protect Your Home With These Radon Detectors

Radon gas is a natural gas that occurs naturally all around the world.

However, when it's found in high concentrations in homes, schools, or businesses, it poses health risks to everyone who is exposed to it.

There are several things you can do to combat the risks of radon, like having your home tested and mitigated by professionals.

Another way to combat this risk is to buy radon detectors that can detect radon gas in homes and wells, with the hope of preventing any potential adverse effects.

In the article below, we'll learn a little more about radon, and talk about five of the best radon detectors available.

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Which Homes are Most Susceptible to Radon?

Which Homes are More Susceptible to Radon? 

You may have heard of Radon Gas and the health issues it can cause, or you may be hearing about is just now for the very first time. 

Topics: home radon testing