January is designated National Radon Action Month by the EPA to raise awareness about this dangerous gas. Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is the byproduct of the decay of radium and uranium underground. It can pose a significant health risk to you and your family if it enters your home. It is important to know the dangers of radon in your home.
Is Radon Really Dangerous?
The Surgeon General has warned that the second leading cause of lung cancer is radon exposure. Approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths are a result of radon exposure each year in the U.S. Radon presents a stronger health risk for those who smoke, the elderly, and young children.
Unfortunately, there is no way to get rid of radon entirely, but your indoor radon levels should be under 4 picocuries per liter(4 pCi/L). If you have levels higher than this in your home, the EPA recommends radon mitigation as soon as possible.
How Do You Know If Your Home May Have the Dangers Of Radon
Getting your home tested is the only way to know if you have safe or elevated levels of radon in your home. While there are cheap DIY radon testing kits, it is best to hire a professional radon testing company. A trained radon professional will deliver more accurate results and eliminate user error, so it is recommended to leave it to the pros.
What If Radon Is Found?
If you do have unsafe amounts of radon in your home, there are solutions that should also be left to the pros. They include preventing radon from getting into your home and venting the current radon out of the home. Remediation techniques include but are not limited to:
• Sealing all cracks and penetrations. Around your pipes may be an area where radon gas is entering your home.
• Crawlspace. Encapsulating or putting plastic down in your crawlspace can help.
• Vent pipe. Placing a vent pipe under your home will allow radon gas to escape to the outdoors instead of collecting inside your home.
If you don’t want to worry about the dangers of radon, you should get your home tested as soon as possible. The sooner you test, the faster you can make your home environment healthy for you and your family.