411 On Radon

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You may be asking yourself, “What is radon?”

Let the Radon Diva break it down for you! You cannot see radon, taste radon, or smell radon. But this colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas is the primary source of natural radiation exposure and the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States among non-smokers. It is responsible for 21,000 deaths annually.

In addition, radon is among the top 4 environmental risks to public health in the United States.

A decay product of uranium, radon gas permeates through soil and rocks, and in most cases, enters your home through cracks and openings in foundations and flooring. Other additional, less significant sources include uranium-enriched building materials (countertops or stone fireplaces, among others) and radon gas dissolved in water.

Every home, regardless of its age, has some level of radon gas, with radon concentrations being highest in the basement due to the proximity to the subsoil. Radon concentrations vary day-to-day and season-to-season, with higher concentrations during the winter.

The recommended action level set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is 4.0 pCi/L and above, and has found nearly 1 out of 15 homes in the United States to have radon levels above 4.0 pCi/L. These homes are both new and old.

Is your home in this number? Radon testing is the only way to confirm that your home is not subject to dangerous radon levels. There are no symptoms that will alert you to radon gas in your home, and after being exposed to radon, it is a real threat to you and your family’s health.

Contact the Radon Diva today by calling (513) 443-4820 or by completing the form to the right! Radon can be detected through a simple, quick, and low cost radon test. If radon levels are found to be high in your home, it can be easily fixed through mitigation.

More reading on radon? Visit the EPA’s site.

 

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