January is Radon Awareness month.
Closed windows minimal opening of doors etc. causes air to “hang” and circulate less.
Why is Radon so dangerous?
Exposure to radon gas causes more than 20,000 deaths annually and it is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The challenge is that we can’t see, smell, or taste it, so it’s easy to forget that radon may be a problem in any home, school, or building in the country. The potential exists to double the lives saved from radon exposure over five years. To protect the lives of all Americans, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as National Radon Action Month. This is a great opportunity to increase awareness of radon, promote radon testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction practices.
What happens if my home or commercial building is tested for Radon Gas and we get a positive test result?
Radon is everywhere and fixing a radon problem is very straight-forward. If you have performed only a single test, the US EPA recommends a follow-up test before fixing your home. Radon levels fluctuate naturally and it is important to know if the initial test was an accurate assessment of your home’s average radon level or whether the high levels could have been caused by unusual weather.
Is there a safe level of Radon Gas in a home?
Even though there is no safe level of radon, there are still acceptable levels that are deemed safe enough to live with as determined by both the United States Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). A "safe" level of radon listed by the WHO is anything under 2.7 pCi/L while the EPA lists anything under 4.0 pCi/L. At these levels or higher, a mitigation system is strongly suggested.
A way of comparing the safety of different levels is equating them with other common health dangers, i.e., exposure to 1.0 pCi/L of radon is the equivalent of smoking 2.5 cigarettes a per day, and 4.0 pCi/L is the equivalent of exposure to 200 x-rays.
How can I reduce Radon Gas in my home or commercial building?
There are several proven methods to reduce radon in your home. The primary system used is a vent pipe and fan, which will pull radon from under the home and vent it outside. This system, known as a soil suction radon reduction system, does not require major changes to your home. Sealing foundation cracks and other openings makes this kind of system more effective and cost-efficient. Other methods are also available and will vary based on the design of your home. A professional radon mitigation contractor can provide more details.
If you live in the Minneapolis Saint Paul area and you are concerned you may have a Radon issue, contact Inspections Plus and schedule a Radon Test for your home or commercial building today.