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Invisible. Odorless. Dangerous.
Radon is responsible for thousands of preventable deaths per year. You can’t taste it, smell it, or see this harmful radioactive gas, but it’s the result of naturally decaying uranium often found in building materials, soil, and water. Radon finds its way into the home from cracks in foundation and walls, gaps around service pipes, and from the water supply. It can leak into the air you breathe, and the water you drink, which is why it’s critical that if you suspect radon in your home, you schedule a test.
According to the EPA, nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have elevated radon levels, and some local counties require tests before a home can be sold. Radon is especially prevalent in older homes, as they’re not built with radon-resistant features in mind. Exposure to radon overtime is especially dangerous, as it greatly raises your risk of lung cancer. If the afflicted is already vulnerable due to a history of smoking, it can lead to a deadly combination.
How To Fix a Radon Problem In Your Home
The threat to your home from Radon can be considerable, but luckily, our team offers an easy action plan to remove it from your property.
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Peak Answers to Common questions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends fixing your home if radon levels are above 4 picoCuries per liter of air (pCi/L). Peak can help you find the right solutions if mitigation happens to be needed.
EPA recommends that testing device(s) be placed in the lowest level of the home suitable for occupancy. This means testing in the lowest level (such as a basement), which a buyer could use for living space without renovations. Also for best results, testing should take place at least 3 feet from any windows, doors, or openings.
Your prospective home will undergo many required inspections and tests before you buy it. You want to make sure that the home you’re making an offer on is in a good, livable condition. The Peak team ensures peace of mind when it comes to the big purchase with professional testing and tamperproof systems.
Radon levels tend to be higher during the winter or colder months. This is due to a phenomenon known as the thermal stack effect, where the colder temperatures outside cause the air inside the home to warm up and rise, creating a kind of vacuum that draws in air from the ground, bringing radon with it. It is essential to monitor radon levels in the home, especially during this time, to ensure the health and safety of residents. Regular testing can help mitigate the risks associated with radon exposure and prevent long-term health consequences.
Radon gas is incredibly dangerous due to its radioactive properties. Once inhaled, its particles become trapped inside the lungs, exposing the surrounding tissues to ionizing radiation. Over time, this exposure can lead to the development of cancerous cells, particularly in the form of lung cancer. Unfortunately, the effects of radon are not immediately apparent, making it an insidious threat to human health.
Adding to this concern, recent estimates from the EPA reveal that radon currently causes an alarming 21,000 deaths from lung cancer each year. This makes it the leading environmental cause of cancer. These statistics alone highlight how crucial it is to raise awareness about this deadly gas and emphasize the significance of implementing measures to control radon levels in homes and other indoor environments.
Radon poisoning is a serious health concern that occurs when an individual is exposed to high levels of radon gas. When inhaled, radon gas can damage the cells lining the lungs, leading to lung cancer. The symptoms of radon poisoning are similar to those of other respiratory conditions, including shortness of breath, a new or worsening cough, pain or tightness in the chest, hoarseness, and trouble swallowing. The symptoms may vary depending on the extent of exposure and how long the individual has been exposed to radon.
Radon enters homes through the ground, primarily through cracks in the foundation, gaps in construction joints, and openings around pipes and utility lines. It can also enter through well water and be released into the air when water is used. Radon levels can vary based on factors such as soil composition, ventilation, and building design. Professional radon testing is essential to accurately determine the levels of radon in a home.
When it comes to radon testing, homeowners often debate between DIY testing and hiring professionals. Here’s a brief comparison:
- DIY Radon Testing:
- Cost-effective option.
- Accuracy depends on following instructions correctly.
- Placement and interpretation may pose challenges.
- Short-term tests may not provide a comprehensive assessment.
- Certification of kits may be a concern.
- Professional Radon Testing:
- Expertise and experience ensure accurate results.
- Proper equipment placement and interpretation.
- Offers both short-term and long-term monitoring.
- Provides expert advice on mitigation if necessary.
While DIY testing is budget-friendly, professional testing offers greater accuracy, expertise, and comprehensive monitoring. Hiring professionals like Peak Environmental ensures reliable results and access to knowledgeable experts for guidance.
If radon levels in your home are found to be elevated, it’s important to take action promptly to reduce the risk. Radon mitigation techniques vary based on the home’s construction and the severity of the radon problem. Typically, a certified radon mitigation professional can design and install a mitigation system tailored to your home. These systems can effectively reduce radon levels and help maintain a safe indoor environment for you and your loved ones.
At Peak Environmental, we pride ourselves on being a trusted provider of radon testing services. Our team of certified professionals utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and follows industry best practices to ensure accurate results. We understand the importance of your family’s safety and are committed to delivering exceptional service. With our expertise and dedication to customer satisfaction, we aim to provide you with peace of mind and help you create a healthy living environment.
The EPA recommends Checking Your Radon Levels Every Two Years.
Common Questions About Radon
Does radon only come from basements?
If Below 4.0 pCi/l, My house is safe.
If the home already has a passive system i'm in the clear.
after remediation, my house is fixed for life.
i should not buy a house because it has high radon levels.
i can not move into my house until my radon levels are low.
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