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Radon: The Silent Killer In Your Home

Sep 8, 2022 10:35:27 AM

You are probably met with blank stares if you mention radon to most people.

But if you tell them that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, you've piqued their interest.

If you tell them they could be breathing in unsafe levels of radon without even knowing it - for years - you have their full attention.

Radon is a silent killer that could be lurking in your home without you ever knowing it.

If something were slowly killing your family in your home, you'd want to know all about it, right?

It's estimated to cause around 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. annually.

The scary thing is that Ohio has high radon levels throughout the state, and most of us don't even know it.

In the article below, we will discuss what you can do about this silent killer in your home.

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What is Radon?

Radon is a tasteless, invisible, and odorless radioactive gas produced when the breakdown of uranium occurs in soil.

Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers.

The EPA has estimated that more than six million homes in the United States have a radon problem, and most homeowners have no idea.

The only way to know if your home has an elevated concentration of radon is to test for it, but many homeowners don't realize they should be testing for it.

Radon caused more American fatalities in 2018 than drunk driving, carbon monoxide poisoning, house fires, and choking combined.

Quick Radon Facts:

  • Your home could be impacted by elevated levels of radon gas, even if none of your neighbors are. This is because radon gas levels depend on the soil concentration under your home and can fluctuate from house to house.
  • Homeowners should opt for long-term radon tests because radon gas levels will fluctuate daily. It's best to leave the testing to an experienced radon contractor.
  • Fortunately, you can remediate radon levels to remove up to 99% of radon. But, first, you must choose the proper mitigation system for your home type and soil composition.
  • Your home can have elevated radon levels with or without a basement. Therefore, always place your test kit on the lowest level of the house that is occupied.


How Does Radon Get Into Your Home?

Unfortunately, you can't detect this silent killer entering your home with motion cameras or your guard dog.

Because radon is a gas, it can get in through any nook or cranny in your home.

Common areas where radon can get into your home are:

  • Cracks in floors
  • Crack in walls
  • Cracks in your foundation
  • Construction joints
  • Gaps in suspended floors
  • Gaps around pipes
  • Cavities inside walls
  • Your water supply

What do elevated levels of radon mean?

How Do You Know If Your Home Has Elevated Levels Of Radon?

When radon gas enters your home, it can gradually accumulate to dangerous levels, resulting in an increased risk of lung cancer or other respiratory issues.

If the problem goes untreated, the radon concentration will continue to rise inside your home, raising your risk of radon poisoning.

The only way to know if your home has unsafe levels of radon is to test for it.

Radon gas testing will help ensure your safety.

All tests should be followed by mitigation and remediation if needed.


What Do Your Radon Test Results Mean?

The average outdoor level of radon is 0.4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L).

Radon outdoors isn't hazardous to your health.

The average indoor level is 1.3 pCi/L, but there is no "safe" radon level.

The Environmental Protection Agency "action level" – the point at which you need to take action to remove the radon from your home – is 4.0 pCi/L.

If your long-term test levels exceed that amount, you need to take action to fix your home as soon as possible.

The higher the radon levels, the more danger you and your family are in from this silent killer.


Take Action If You Have Radon In Your Home

If there's a silent killer in your home, you need to get rid of it ASAP.

If the level of radon in your home matches or exceeds 4 pCi/L, you need to take action with a professional radon specialist.

Radon gas levels that exceed the average limit are easy and inexpensive problems to solve compared to most home improvement tasks.

However, you have to test your home to find out if you and your family are suffering from the dangers of radon exposure.

Using a radon testing professional is the best way to determine if your home needs remediation.

Short-term, store-bought radon test kits might be convenient, but they can only give you a basic idea of your radon levels.

A short-term test could come back with normal levels, but the silent killer could still be lurking in your home.

A long-term test will best determine what the average levels are in your home.

A radon specialist will determine which type of radon mitigation system is best for your home if you have elevated levels.


Contact Your Local Radon Professional

If you're worried about having a silent killer in your home, you should get it tested.

Knowing the air quality of your home will give you peace of mind and leave you breathing a little easier.

To test your potential home for radon and potentially have a radon mitigation system installed by a professional radon mitigation company, contact the qualified radon remediation contractors at Radon Eliminator.

Radon Eliminator will look for the silent killer and get rid of it if it's found.

If your test results come back high, they will install a radon mitigation system to make your home safe to live in, all for a reasonable price.

Click the button below to schedule your Discounted Test today to ensure you and your family's safety from this silent killer.

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