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Radon is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from deep within the Earth’s formations and through natural pressure and movement is emitted into the atmosphere. However, today with the enclosed structures that we live, work and go to school in, the intrusion of radon into these enclosed structures allows for extended exposure resulting in the above mentioned increased incidence of lung cancer.

The below are Frequently Asked Questions with responses:

What is radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and moves into the air you breathe. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon therefore it can be present within a structure and go undetected without testing. Radon has been found in homes all across the country, and as many as 1 in 3 homes may have risky radon levels.

I was told there is no Radon in my State?

Radon exists in every State. The only real way to know if you have elevated radon levels is by testing. There are circumstances where neighboring properties have different radon levels just like adjoining classrooms in the same school have different radon levels.

How does radon get into a building?

Most radon comes into a building from the soil, rock and or ground water below. Radon rises through the soil and gets trapped under the structure. The trapped gas builds up pressure, and since the air pressure in the house usually is lower, the gas is forced into the building through:

  • Cracks in floors and walls
  • Gaps in suspended floors
  • Openings around sump pumps and drains
  • Wall cavities
  • Construction joints
  • Gaps around service pipes or wires
  • Crawlspaces that open directly into the building
  • The water supply (Radon can affect bodies of water, specifically ground water)

Although most concern surrounds radon in family homes, radon also can be present in workplaces, schools, or hospitals. In some instances Radon has been detected on granite counter tops used in kitchens and bathrooms.

Why should I be worried?

According to the Surgeon General, radon causes cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US; as many as 20,000 people die from radon-related lung cancer every year. Children may be more sensitive to radon than adults. And if there’s radon in your home and you smoke, your lung cancer risk is much higher.

What’s a safe level of radon?

The only truly safe radon level is no radon at all, however this is not realistic. The EPA suggests that you should take steps to mitigate the problem immediately if you have radon levels of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher. Lower levels can also pose health risks; however there are simpler steps you can take to reduce low radon levels. Talk with a professional environmental specialist for answers to your radon questions.

How do I know if there’s radon in my house & how do you sample for Radon?

There are two common ways to determine radon levels in your home or business. Short term and long term air sampling. Short term air sampling is relatively inexpensive and unobtrusive. It involves the placement of passive activated charcoal canisters within the lower levels of the habitable areas of the structure. These canisters do not make any noise during sample collection and are to remain undisturbed for 48 – 88 hours. During the sampling period the structure needs to remain in a closed condition. That is to say that all perimeter doors that lead outside and windows are to remain closed and ventilation fans should be turned off during sampling. Since radon levels often fluctuate—even on a day-to-day basis—a long-term test is the most reliable. A long-term test is exactly that, a specialty device which will collect readings over a 90 day period.

What do I do if I have elevated levels of radon?

To reduce the radon levels in a enclosed structure, the concept is simple. Displace the air entering the structure and emit it above the roof line. This may involve the placement of a heavy duty plastic barrier in the crawlspace with an active fan or the placement of a active fan within a removed section of concrete slab if there is no crawlspace.

Andersen Environmental Services:

Andersen Environmental’s professional personnel are accredited by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) as certified Radon Measurement Providers. That means they can conduct accurate radon tests and come up with viable plans for mitigation—all across the US. Andersen Environmental can recommend a reasonably-priced radon reduction system that works. Such systems are efficient enough to reduce radon levels by as much as 99%. New homes can be built with simple, low-cost radon-resistant features. If a home has unacceptable radon levels, a qualified Andersen Environmental mitigator can install a vent fan or other features to reduce indoor radon concentration

For a professional radon consultation, fill out the form below or call us at 1-888-705-6300.

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Andersen Environmental’s professional personnel are accredited by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) as certified Radon Measurement Providers. That means they can conduct accurate radon tests and come up with viable plans for mitigation—all across the US. Andersen Environmental can recommend a reasonably-priced radon reduction system that works. Such systems are efficient enough to reduce radon levels by as much as 99%. New homes can be built with simple, low-cost radon-resistant features. If a home has unacceptable radon levels, a qualified Andersen Environmental mitigator can install a vent fan or other features to reduce indoor radon concentration

For a professional radon consultation today, call us at 888-705-6300 or fill out the form below: