Radon & Radon Testing

 

Clean Air Service is now equipped to test for Radon!

 

The following information was taken from A Citizen's Guide to Radon from the US EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency).

 

What is radon?

Radon is a tasteless, odorless, radioactive gas that is released during the process of the natural decay of uranium found in almost all soils. Radon is a problem because when you breathe in air with levels of radon, radon gas decomposes into radioactive particles and becomes trapped in your lungs. These particles then release energy when they decay further causing damage to lung tissue. This exposure can lead to lung cancer in certain individuals and people who smoke or have smoked are at an elevated risk of developing lung cancer. Radon enters your house through cracks and holes in your homes foundation. After it is in your home, it often becomes trapped where dangerous levels can build up putting you at risk. All homes are at risk; old new, well sealed or well ventilated. The EPA estimates that roughly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. has elevated radon levels.

 

Although soil gas is the primary cause of radon related problems, radon can enter your home through your water supply as well. Radon can enter your home through well water or by absorbing into the ground water table of your public water source. Radon can then be released into the air when are showering or doing other household chores. Radon levels in your water can be reduced by implementing a filtering process before water enters your home or when it comes out of your tap.

 

How much is too much radon?

The average indoor radon level is approximately 1.3 pCi/L. The average estimated outdoor level is 0.4 pCi/L. The EPA suggests that if your radon level is 4 pCi/L or higher you should take measures to reduce your risk of exposure to radon. Even if your levels are below 4 pCi/L you may want to consider implementing a plan to reduce levels where possible.

 

The EPA suggests that:

Everyone test their home for radon.

 

If your radon level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher you should take measures to fix your home.

 

Even if your radon level is below 4 pCi/L your risk of developing lung cancer can be reduced by implementing risk reduction methods.


For more information regarding radon and what you can do to reduce your risk of exposure we encourage you to visit the full version of the EPA's A Citizen's Guide to Radon or visit www.epa.gov/radon for more information.

 

Call Clean Air Service today to have your home or business tested for radon!