Radon Gas-What Every Home Owner Should Know
Radon Gas is becoming more and more talked about, and that's a good thing. Ten years ago not as many people were aware of radon and the health risks that it presents.
However, with radon being the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, it's becoming more of a talked about topic, especially among homeowners.
Even if you haven't heard of radon until now, it's been a part of your life, regardless of where you live. It's time you found out the effect it can have you and your health.
We have come up with some important facts that we believe every homeowner should know about Radon Gas.
- Cancer-Causing Gas
- Areas with Higher Radon Levels
- Radon Testing is Easy
- High Radon Levels can be Reduced
- Get a Discounted Radon Test
Radon is a Cancer-Causing Gas that can Seep into your Home
Radon is created by the natural radioactive decay of uranium, and it can be found in the soil and rock that homes are built on. Because of the way that our homes are built and the ventilation systems that we have in place, radon can seep into our homes through tiny cracks and openings in the sub-slab of our basement floors.
Depending on where your home is built and the type of soil that the home is built on, your home may contain dangerous levels of this radioactive gas.
The scary part is, you would have no way of knowing without having a test performed. Radon cannot be detected by sight, smell, or taste, leaving homeowners who know nothing about radon at a serious disadvantage.
Every home will contain some level of radon, which means some homes may pose more of a health risk than others. In some parts of the country, homes may contain higher levels of radon than in others.
Unfortunately, Ohio is one of those places in the country where high levels of radon gas is all too common. Ohio contains a geologic formation that is known as Ohio Shale, and it is enriched in uranium, the second main source of uranium in Ohio is the soil.
Much of Ohio's soil contains quantities of uranium and radium, both of which continuously break down and release radon gas. This means, Ohio's geology provides a continuous supply of radon and that means a potential for radon gas poisoning.
So what do you do?
Testing your Home for Radon is Easy
As mentioned earlier, you cannot see, smell, or taste radon gas, this means the only way to know if your home contains elevated levels is to have it tested by a professional.
Don't let this discourage you, testing your home is easy, and it can be completed in as little as 48 hours.
When you contact Radon Eliminator to test your home, we send a technician who is licensed with The Ohio Department of Health to come to your home and set up a continuous radon monitoring system to test the radon levels in your home.
It's at this point that you will find out if you need to take action or if your home is safe.
High Radon Levels CAN be Reduced
If your radon test comes back with levels at a 4.0 piC/L or above, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, you will need to take action to reduce the levels in your home, and thereby reducing your chances at obtaining radon-induced lung cancer.
The Radon Eliminator Technician who completed your test will be able to explain the removal process, and they will walk you through where the Radon Mitigation System needs to be installed in order to obtain optimal results.
Depending on the layout of your Ohio home, there are several options for installation when it comes to a radon removal system. A professional company will be able to explain which system will be best for your home, and if there are multiple options, your preference will be taken into consideration.
Contact a Licensed Professional for Radon Testing and Mitigation Services
If your Ohio home has never been tested for radon, now is your chance.
Do not put off having your home tested, it's easy, and Radon Eliminator offers discounted testing to homeowners.
If you know the radon levels in your home, we can give you a quote for installation at no charge.